SPE1030 : Research Methods in Practice I

  • Module Leader(s): Prof. James Law
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


1. To present foundation concepts in psychology, incorporating development over the lifespan.
2. To provide a practical introduction to the theories of how we perceive ourselves and others and how this influences our interpretation of behaviour and situations.
3. To consider how these principles relate to clinical practice.
4. To consider the variety of contexts in which speech and language therapists work.
5. To provide students with the opportunity to observe, analyse and evaluate interactions between individuals and groups, considering the importance of the environmental context and the respective roles and personality types of the individuals.
6. To develop reporting skills and practice through writing essays, observational reports and logs, and giving short presentations.

Outline Of Syllabus

Basic experimental design, hypothesis testing, descriptive statistics, distributions, elementary statistics, chi squared, Fisher exact, Wilcoxon, Wilcoxon-Mann Whitney, t tests, tests of association, nonparametric analyses, Introduction to statistical packages. Deciding how to choose a test.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical141:0014:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study156:0056:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce the concepts and methods
Statistical analysis is practiced over a series of computer-based practical classes using an Excel workbook for basic statistical analysis.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A100Class test.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Tests directly the skills taught in the course, requiring students to choose, implement and interpret appropriate statistical tests for data analysis.

Reading Lists


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