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PSY2023 : Research Methods in Psychology 2a

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Gareth Richards
  • Lecturer: Dr Kevin Wilson, Dr Efstathia Tzemou
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

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

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


The module has multiple aims:

1. Introduce students to mediation and moderation, through the engagement with empirical practical work

2. Introduce students to different statistical analyses appropriate for testing for mediation and moderation

Support students to develop as independent researchers

Outline Of Syllabus

The principles of mediation and moderation

The development of a mediation and a moderation model.

The use of literature to develop rationales for moderation and mediation

Simple linear regression and multiple linear regression

Confidence intervals

Mediation and moderation methods of analysis

Online methods of data collection

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:00Non-synchronous online pre-recorded lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion32:006:00Problem solving-solving exercises
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading133:0033:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical111:3016:30Present in person
Guided Independent StudySkills practice122:3022:30N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity111:0011:00Present in person
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lecture materials introduce the principles of mediation and moderation and relevant statistics to guide students to obtain the necessary background knowledge required to conduct their research and justify their methodological choices.

The practical sessions guide students through the research steps or designing mediation and moderation studies, culminating in communicating the findings in a scientific poster. 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.

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.

The staff-led sessions provide the student with the opportunity to receive weekly formative feedback and reflect on their group work. They also guide students through the more challenging aspects of the practical work.

Guided independent study provides opportunity to synthesise and consolidate the skills and knowledge covered in the activities mentioned above. Furthermore, the poster 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
Written Examination901A1007 questions (5 short, 2 long covering both stats and research methods), unseen present in person
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1MFormative assessment. Statistics exercises to support students consolidate their statistical knowledge
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formative assessment will involve computer-based exercises to help students consolidate their knowledge in statistics and to identify areas of weakness where further work is needed.

The exam will test the knowledge and skills that students are expected to acquire/develop in the module with both the statistics and the research methods aspects of the module assessed.

If the module is failed or deferred students will resit failed or deferred assessments in the same format during the August resit period.

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