SPE2040 : Research Methods in Practice II

  • Module Leader(s): Prof. James Law
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To enable students to:
1.design experiments
2.formulate hypotheses
3.collect evidence
4.use statistics to evaluate the implications of the evidence
5.write up investigations in standard research lab report format

This is a stage II statistics and methods course with an emphasis on analysis of variance and regression analyses. The course also contains practical laboratory sessions where students generate data, analyse it and practise reporting experiments in standard quantitative lab report format. The course is taught with materials tailored to speech language science students.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.Logic of analysis of variance
2.Using SPSS for independent measures ANOVA
3.Using SPSS for repeated measures ANOVA
4.Correlation and regression
5.Using SPSS for multiple regression
6.Selecting statistical tests
7.Writing up of laboratory reports

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical201:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study136:0036:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision21:002:00Class
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lecture sessions introduce essential theories, facts and techniques. The practical sessions work with both given scenarios and new data generated by experiments carried out in class to derive data sets that students have to analyse using computer/statistical skills acquired in year 1 and the lectures of year II. Report writing is further practised through write-ups of the 4 x 2 hour experiment practicals.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M75An open book computer based practical examination
Practical/lab report2M25Two written lab reports, based on classroom experiments: one formative(wk 4), one summative (wk 8)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The class test assesses skills in identifying from a scenario the data to be sued, the appropriate statistical test to use to answer a given scenario/question and carrying out the analyses using SPSS.
The laboratory sessions and associated write-ups practice hypothesis formation/testing, data generation and gathering, analysis and interpretation of the data and write up of results in standard format.

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