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Module

PSY1011 : Research Methods and Skills 2

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Trevor James
  • Lecturer: Mrs Barbara-Anne Robertson
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The module aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of research design in experimental psychology. Students will develop the ability to analyse primary data, establish whether the data is statistically significant using an appropriate test, and communicate their findings in the form of a scientific lab report.

Outline Of Syllabus

RESEARCH METHODS COMPONENT: Students will conduct two research practicals in psychology. In each practical, students will actively take part in the experiment or with the data collection, thereby gaining first-hand experience of conducting psychological research. Each practical will expose students to relevant background literature and involve conducting a suitable statistical test using appropriate software, e.g. SPSS. Students will communicate their findings in the form of lab report which adheres to a common standard for scientific report writing, e.g. the American Psychological Association (APA) format.

STATISTICS COMPONENT: Students will continue to develop data processing skills, both by hand and using computer packages such as Microsoft Excel and SPSS. The student will be introduced to the main inferential statistical methods available to psychologists, such as: confidence intervals; t-test; non-parametric tests, correlation and regression.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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Timetable