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PS5014: INTRODUCTION TO METHODS AND ANALYSIS IN PSYCHOLOGY (2016-2017)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 18:09


Course Overview

This course aims to introduce students to a broad range of methods used in psychological research. Lectures cover methods used to collect physiological data (e.g. brain imaging techniques), behavioural data (e.g. measures of task performance) and self-report data (e.g. survey, questionnaire and interview techniques).   Practical classes involve students working in small groups to design studies, collect and analyse data, and write reports. Practical sessions are also used to teach students to use a statistical software package (SPSS) to analyse data collected in psychological studies.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr David Sutherland
  • Dr Mirjam Brady-Van den Bos

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • MSc Psychological Studies (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course will cover;
  • Descriptive statistics and their use in Psychology.
  • Displaying data in Psychology.
  • Basic inferential statistical techniques in Psychology (t-test, correlations).
  • The basic concepts in experimental design in Psychology.
  • The basic concepts of psychological measurement using questionnaires.
  • How to write research reports in Psychology.
  • The use of SPSS in basic statistical and analytical techniques.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MSc Psychological Studies

Contact Teaching Time

33 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: 1 MCQ examination (30%) Two laboratory reports continuous assessment (60%) One SPSS open book test (10%).

Resit: Students will resubmit any failed work or re-sit any failed examination or test.

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

None.

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