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PSY2025 : Research Methods in Psychology 2c

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Quoc Vuong
  • 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 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


The module has multiple aims:

1. Introduce students to experimental psychology through the engagement with empirical practical work

2. Introduce students to statistical analyses use in experimental psychology

Support students to develop as independent researchers

Outline Of Syllabus

Principles of experimental psychology

Experimental design

Using literature to justify the rationale, hypothesis(es) and predictions of an experiment

Designing experiments

Independent and related samples samples, one-way ANOVA, independent and related samples two-factor ANOVA, post hoc testing, ANCOVA, Kruskal Wallis test, Friedman test

Statistical tests used in complex design experiments

Reporting experiments in APA reports.

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 completion142:3042:30Full lab report and essay
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading113:0013:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical111:3016:30Present in person
Guided Independent StudySkills practice15:005:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity111:0011:00Present in Person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Present in person
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 practice the necessary skills and knowledge outcomes.

The lecture materials introduce the principles of experimental psychology 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 an experiment, culminating in communicating the findings in a full 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.

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 give the students 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 an opportunity to synthesise and consolidate the skills and knowledge covered in the activities mentioned above. Furthermore, the report 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
Report2M100Full APA lab report (1500 words)
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
Written exercise2MShort 400 word ethics exercise
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The full report aims to assess the learning outcomes through assessing the students ability to use the most common method of disseminating research in empirical psychology. To demonstrate critical understanding of the research method taught and demonstrate the ability to evaluate the literature, use statistical packages, and follow the conventions of scientific dissemination.

The formative assessment aims to support students understanding of ethical issues in research design. Using research scenarios, students will have to produce a 400-word written exercise identifying ethical considerations in the scenarios.

Formative practice will be embedded in the module through computer based stats exercises providing quick feedback for students on their understanding of the statisitcs covered in the module.

If the module is failed, the report will be submitted as a second attempt during the August examination period and the overall module mark will be capped at 40.

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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