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PSY2011 : Methods in Psychology 2B

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Efstathia Tzemou
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The module provides students with (1) practical experience in empirical research design and different types of analyses (e.g. quantitative and qualitative analyses) and (2) d different methods of research dissemination, while giving students the opportunity to develop as independent researchers.
•       Availability: Every Year

Outline Of Syllabus

The module guides students through a full research cycle, beginning with exploratory qualitative research, then psychometric scale development and finally hypothesis testing through a survey study.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Presentation, Poster and report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading110:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical101:3015:00Instructor-led. The 15 hrs of practical work ulminates in 1 oral presentation 1 poster and 1 report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical101:0010:00Student-led practicals
Guided Independent StudySkills practice15:005:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The overall rationale is to teach empirical psychology through practical experience. The various sessions are aimed at providing opportunities for students to develop and practise the necessary skills and knowledge outcomes.

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

The practical sessions guide students through the research phases and the relevant research steps, culminating in communicating the findings in a scientific oral presentation, poster and research 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.
The student-led sessions aim to encourage students to take responsibility of their research project and take initiative in trouble shooting and problem solving. By doing so students will develop skills and confidence as independent researchers

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

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation82M10Oral presentation (8 minutes)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Poster2M45Academic poster (approx. 1000 words)
Practical/lab report2M45Practical/Lab report - Full APA practical report (2500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Rationale and relationship of assessment methods to learning outcomes:

The presentation, the poster and the APA report are used to assess students’ ability to use the three main method of disseminating research methods in empirical psychology. To disseminate their work effectively, they must demonstrate the ability to evaluate the literature, use statistical packages, and follow APA guidelines.

Methods of Assessment:
1oral presentation (8 mins, 10% of module mark)
1 academic poster (in APA format, approximate word count 1000, 45% of module mark).
1 full APA report (word count 2500, 45% of module mark).
Requirements to pass are: 1) Overall module mark must be at least 40/100.

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

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