Skip to main content


PSY2011 : Methods in Psychology 2B

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • 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) different methods of research dissemination, while giving students the opportunity to develop as independent researchers.

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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials101:0010:00Non-synchronous Online: lecture material in 15-20 min sessions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Presentation and poster
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical101:3015:00Synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading110:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice15:005:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity101:0010:00Synchronous online
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 each research phase and 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 phases and the relevant research steps, culminating in communicating the findings in a scientific oral presentation and 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.

Guided independent study provides opportunity to synthesise and consolidate the skills and knowledge covered in the activities mentioned above. Furthermore, the presentation and scientific 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
Oral Presentation62M30Oral presentation (6 minutes) - to be submitted as a voice over PowerPoint
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Poster2M70Poster (APA format, A2 or A1 size)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The the presentation and poster aim to assess the students ability to use different methods of disseminating research in empirical psychology. To demonstrate understanding of the research methods taught and demonstrate the ability to evaluate the literature, use statistical packages, and follow APA guidelines.

Methods of Assessment:
1 oral presentation (6 mins) that will give the students the opportunity to demonstrate presentation skills and understanding of the principles of qualitative research in general and thematic analysis more specifically.
1 academic poster (in APA format, A2 or A1 size).

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

Reading Lists