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PSY2009 : Methods in Psychology 2B

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Quoc Vuong
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


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 study. They are given a research design or they design their own study, conduct a literature search, collect the data, analyse the results and write a full report.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials51:005:00Non-synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Prepare and write report
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading120:0020:00Literature search and read papers
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical102:0020:00Present in person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops71:007:00Present in person: Discussion of learning materials/formative practice/strategies for research
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study18:008:00Practice research writing skills
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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

The lecture materials 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 written APA report. Students are asked to apply the theoretical knowledge introduced in the lecture materials thereby developing both their knowledge of empirical psychology and their research skills. Formative practice will be provided (eg working through a model report to learn research themes and building an annotated bibliography to help structure literature search). Feedback (including peer marking) will be provided during the course of the practical sessions and via the Q&A session.

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 report2M100Report (maximum 1500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Rationale and Relationship of Assessment Methods to Learning Outcomes:

The Practical/lab report is 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.

Reading Lists