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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
  • 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?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


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.

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: 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

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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