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Course Overview

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the use of basic as well as more advanced descriptive and inferential statistics for data analysis in psychology.  Both quantitative and qualitative research methods will be covered and students will gain understanding of the key concepts and issues in psychological research and study design.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Tobias Katus

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

  • Psychology (PS)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

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Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course provides you with the essential data handling and visualisation skills required for psychological research. This includes basic and more advanced inferential methods (t-tests, ANOVAs, correlation and regression methods) as well as an introduction to observational research and questionnaire design. The course will also provide an overview over different qualitative approaches to data collection and analysis. Furthermore, you will gain understanding of good research practice in psychological research as well as the process of publishing findings in scientific journals.  In addition to lectures, you will be given practical experience of designing and running the different forms of empirical research studies and receive training on using standard software packages for data analysis (i.e. SPSS) in hands-on tutorial sessions.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Practical during University week s 26 - 34
  • 1 Seminar during University week 25

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Summative Assessments

Report 1: 20%

Report 2: 30%

10 weekly MCQs, 5% each, 50% in total

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstanding Psychology as a Science
ProceduralCreateVisualising and presenting data effectively
ConceptualApplyUsing inferential statistics to test hypotheses
ConceptualEvaluateUsing and understanding the limits of observational and questionnaire based research
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstanding and implementing qualitative methodologies
ProceduralApplyUsing statistical software (SPSS) to analyse data
ProceduralCreateDesign, create and critically evaluate research studies
ConceptualApplyRecognise and apply good research practice in psychology

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