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PSY2009 : Methods in Psychology 2A

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Quoc Vuong
  • Lecturer: Dr Efstathia Tzemou
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The module aims to develop the students’ (1) practical experience in research design and different types of statistical analyses, and (2) scientific report writing skills.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students are guided through the research cycle of a correlational study and an experimental study. They are given a research design or they design their own study, collect the data, analyse the results and write a full report.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion225:0050:00Prepare full report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture81:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading110:0010:00Literature search and read papers
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical82:0016:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice82:0016:00Practice data analysis
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The overall rationale is to teach psychology methods through practical experience. The various sessions provide opportunities for students to develop and practice the necessary knowledge and skills outcomes.

The lectures introduce each research theme and guide students to obtain the necessary background knowledge required to conduct their research.

The practical sessions guide students through the research themes, provide opportunities to practise research skills (e.g., literature searches and statistical analyses), and culminate in communicating the findings in a scientific report. Students are asked to apply the theoretical knowledge introduced in the lectures thereby developing both their knowledge of empirical psychology and their research skills.

Guided independent study provides opportunity to consolidate the skills and knowledge covered in the staff-led sessions mentioned above. Furthermore, the full scientific reports will be prepared in private study time.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M50Report 1
Practical/lab report1M50Report 2
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Rationale and Relationship of Assessment Methods to Learning Outcomes:

The Practical/lab reports are used to assess students’ ability to use research methods in empirical psychology. To write good reports, they must demonstrate the ability to evaluate the literature, use statistical packages, use different types of data analyses, and follow APA guidelines.

Other Assessment Information:

2 Practical/lab reports at 50% each (1 per research theme)
Each report is 1000-2000 words

In order to pass the module the average across both reports must be at least 40/100.

Other Information (e.g. format of resit if different from above):

If the overall module is failed, the Board of Examiners will specify which component/components must be re-submitted and the module mark will be capped at 40.

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