PS6104 Methods in Psychology I

How can I probe into Human Psyche, do Research and BE ETHICAL? How can I produce reliable outcomes?

At a Glance

The aims of this Module -which consists of 2 parts taught during the 1st and the 2nd semester- is to acquaint the student with Research Methods concepts in Psychology so that they can understand how to gather data in a reliable way and then how to analyze and interpret these data. It provides the Student with the knowledge and tools to distinguish what is dependable and what is not when researching, how to show people that he has found a relationship between the data that he has collected and then analyzed and how these data can support, or not, a particular view or theory about how Life is, how people act, or how the soul evolves etc.

and more specifically

This 1st part of the Module aims to support the Student as he is being introduced in the Science of Research Methodology and how to distinguish the meaningful information that can lie there in their data collection and interpret it in a way that goes beyond statistics and measurement and do so in an ethical way.

We' ll begin by asking ourselves what is it that makes a theory a valuable one or not and what are the criteria for looking into a model and find how useful it is in serving its role of helping people understand human experience. We will also spend time thinking about the Science of Psychology and the Psychology of Science.

Recommended Background

There are no prerequisites for this course. However, the course will be conducted at the level expected of Undergraduate Students or Professionals and Executives who can critically think and reflect. Therefore, for all participants, reading and writing comfortably in English at the Undergraduate College Level is desirable as well as a reflective Mind to delve into concepts. 

Suggested Readings

Although the lectures are designed to be self-contained, students wanting to expand their knowledge even further will be guided to do so through extensive bibliography. Students are advised to read the required readings either before or soon after each unit, but in advance of the next unit. Recommended and supplemental readings can be read any time throughout the course in the self-study context and this is what will take your understanding to new heights.

Course Format

There will be video lectures (60-75 minutes each) each week. The lectures can be divided into about 4-6 segments, separated by interactive quiz questions for you to to help you process and understand the material. In addition, there will be a problem set and a programming assignment each week and there will be a final exam. You are encouraged to maintain a personal journal of thoughts, observations and experiences during the course. For the community work, there will be action learning activities which will involve you talking to others in your environment. A brief essay is to be written based on your experience. 


This 1st part of the Module explores the following main areas:

Conceptual Matters

Issues Around Methods Of Psychology

Empiricism - Determinism



Designing A Research In Psychology

The Ethics Of Science

Formal Theories In Psychology


What is the miraculous thing about this course?

You will learn how to contribute to the developing of trust in the shaking territory of human life especially that of the early beginnings. 

Will I be able to apply the learning?

Yes, each unit will include reflective exercises and action learning assignments to help you understand and experiment with the ideas studies at work or at home in your life. You will learn techniques for inspiring vision, engaging mindfulness, spreading compassion and being playful and enthusiastic building on your innate curiosity in an adult responsible way.

Do I have to do community work right from the beginning of my studies?

Yes, community work is an integral part of this educational program. You are expected to offer 4 hours of community work a week, which will be documented.

Do I have to do any personal work right from the beginning?

Yes, since this educational program goes very deep, it is important for you to have your support system and personal work is an integral part of it. You can choose to work individually or in a group in your area and it is advisable that you opt for prenatal psychology to be the Psychology Thought you work with, if this is possible where you live. A session of 2 hours a week is expected.

What resources will I need for this course?

All you need is an Internet connection and the time to read and discuss the exciting materials available online. 

in a Nutshell

16 weeks of study
6-8 hours of work / week
1st Year, 1st semester 
2 credits
English/ Greek
Educational Team

Part of the 
Professional Higher Education Certificate (PHEC)



2/2/2015 - 31/12/2020

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