psy260 - Practical project (Complete module description)

psy260 - Practical project (Complete module description)

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Module label Practical project
Modulkürzel psy260
Credit points 9.0 KP
Workload 270 h
attendance in the lab and accompanying seminars as necessary for your project (~ 200h)
Institute directory Department of Psychology
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Master's Programme Neurocognitive Psychology (Master) > Mastermodule
Zuständige Personen
  • Debener, Stefan (module responsibility)
  • Herrmann, Christoph Siegfried (module responsibility)
  • Hildebrandt, Andrea (module responsibility)
  • Puschmann, Sebastian (module responsibility)
  • Rieger, Jochem (module responsibility)
  • Roheger, Mandy (module responsibility)
  • Al-Zubaidi, Arkan (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Bleichner, Martin Georg (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Debener, Stefan (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Gießing, Carsten (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Hellmann, Andreas (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Herrmann, Christoph Siegfried (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Hildebrandt, Andrea (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Hildebrandt, Helmut (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Rieger, Jochem (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Kranczioch-Debener, Cornelia (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Özyurt, Jale Nur (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Stecher, Heiko (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Strüber, Daniel (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Thiel, Christiane Margarete (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Rosemann, Stephanie (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Puschmann, Sebastian (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Jäger, Manuela (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Boetzel, Cindy (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Vogeti, Sreekari (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Roheger, Mandy (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Daeglau, Mareike (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Kristanto, Daniel (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Abdolalizadeh Saleh, Amirhussein (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Jacobsen, Nadine (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Short, Cassie Ann (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Marek, Merle (Module counselling)
Further responsible persons
Upon approval by the examination committee other staff members (e.g. PhD students in the laboratories of the Department of Psychology) can act as examiners for psy260.
Enrolment in Master's programme Neurocognitive Psychology.
You can only start the practical project if you have passed the exam of psy240 (psy241)
Computation in Neuroscience!

Priority is given to students with experience in methods used in the respective lab or students
who have taken the respective teaching modules.
Skills to be acquired in this module
Goals of module:

Students are able to critically review the scientific literature and current state of knowledge concerning a certain topic in the field of cognitive neuroscience or neuropsychology. Based on this, they are able to develop a specific research question and to design an adequate experiment, acquire data and conduct appropriate statistical analyses, building on previously gained competencies in relevant research methods, computer programming and statistical methods. They know how to critically discuss the results of their study in context of the current literature and how to present their findings at a scientific poster symposium.

++ experimental methods
+ statistics & scientific programming
++ data presentation & discussion
+ independent research
+ scientific literature
+ ethics / good scientific practice / professional behavior
+ scientific communication skills
+ knowledge transfer
+ group work
++ project & time management
Module contents
  • The students develop an empirical investigation, carry it out and analyse the results.
  • The students present and discuss their project in respect to recent literature in regular meetings and in a poster symposium.
  • Students can develop an experimental design for a follow-up study which could potentially be the topic of their Master's thesis.
  • As part of the practical project, students should participate in studies of other practical projects!
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency The module will be offered every winter term.
Module capacity unlimited
Reference text
Topics for projects will be presented in a colloquium at the end of the summer term.

Students can chose to perform the practical work in either of the research groups of the Department of Psychology. External projects are possible upon approval (information and approval form can be found on the programme website).
Type of module Pflicht / Mandatory
Module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Teaching/Learning method practical work and regular seminar meetings in the group where the project is performed
Previous knowledge PLEASE NOTE:

Knowledge of either EEG, fMRI, TBS, or MEG data analysis, or knowledge of HCI or ambulatory assessment methods is essential for most projects offered in the Department of Psychology. We strongly recommend to take either psy170: Neurophysiology, psy270: fMRI Data Analysis, psy280: Transcranial Brain Stimulation, psy220: Human Computer Interaction, or psy290: Ambulatory Assessment prior to the practical project.

It is expected that students have basic knowledge of Matlab programming before starting the practical project. This is proven by having passed the exam in Computation in Neuroscience.
Form of instruction Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Please select the group in which you perform your practical project.
2 WiSe 28
Practical training
attendance as necessary for your project (~ 200h)
WiSe 0
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 28 h
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module
usually end of April
Poster presentation in a student symposium (30% of the grade) and daily project work (70% of the grade).