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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

PS1513 is a Distance Learning course and is not intended to be taken by student studying Psychology on the Aberdeen Campus.  This course builds on PS1013 and you will learn more about research methods in Psychology through lectures, practicals, and taking part in experiment-demonstrations.  You will also learn how to set up and conduct a Psychology experiment yourself. Part of the lectures will focus on statistics, to equip you with the skills to analyze and interpret your own data, culminating in a written research report. You will also learn about the role of ethics in research. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Mirjam Brady-Van den Bos
  • Dr David Pearson
  • Professor Robert Millar
  • Dr Will Barras

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Course Description

Course Aims: - Advance understanding of methods and applications in Psychology - Develop understanding of employability for Psychology graduates - Develop understanding of Psychology and the Media - Develop understanding of research ethics in Psychology - Develop understanding of research methods in Psychology - Develop understanding of research design and analysis in Psychology Main Learning Outcomes: - Understand employability available to Psychology graduates - Understand relationship between Psychology and the Media - Understand principles of conducting ethical research in Psychology - Understand research principles of psychophysics - Understand research principles of conducting surveys, interviews and questionnaires - Understand research principles of conducting educational research in Higher Education - Understand basic principles of research design in Psychology - Understand basic principles of statistical analysis in Psychology Content: The course will be a distance learning version of existing course PS1511 Introductory Psychology: Methods and Applications II. Content will be based around five teaching modules: Employability in Psychology; Psychology and the Media; Research Ethics; Research Methods; Research Design and Analysis. Specific topics will include: Week 1: Course Induction Week 2: Employability in Psychology Week 3: Psychology and the Media Week 4: Research Ethics Week 5: Psychophysics Week 6: Case Studies Week 7: Interviews, Surveys, and Questionnaires Week 8: Educational Research Methods in HE Week 9: Research Design and Analysis 1 Week 10: Research Design and Analysis 2 Week 11: Research Design and Analysis 3

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Lecture material will be assessed by a Multiple-Choice Exam which will contribute 30% to the final course grade. Coursework will contribute 70% and will include written coursework (ethical review, experimental critical assessment, research report), online 'ZAPS' experimental demonstrations, online interactive activities and discussions (including use of Blackboard Collaborate). Resit: 50% from MCQ resit examination, 50% from resubmitted coursework elements.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Students will receive written feedback to all written coursework they submit. Oral feedback is given to students' contributions to Blackboard Collaboration discussions. The MCQ exam results will be made available to students as a mark, with the option for students to see the correct answer to their incorrectly answered questions.

Course Learning Outcomes


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