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PS3015: METHODOLOGY A (2014-2015)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

The main aim of this course is to help students prepare, evaluate and run their own Psychological research.  As such this is a ‘hands-on’ course, where students will have the opportunity to conduct a small research project and practice using SPSS for a variety of statistical analyses.  The course also provides a thorough grounding in qualitative and quantitative research methods through a lecture series.
Specific topics covered in this course include: verification and falsification of results; ANOVA and qualitative research strategies.
This course also features workshops on employability, providing students with information on career planning, networking etc.  

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No

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Course Description

This course will impart the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out and evaluate psychological research using quantitative and qualitative methods.

Further Information & Notes

This course can only be taken by students pursuing an Honours Degree programme in Psychology.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

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In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour Multiple Choice examination (65%). Continuous assessment (30%), including a practical report (< 3000 words) and an oral presentation (5%). Resit: 1 two-hour Multiple Choice Examination (40%). Continuous assessment (60%), including a practical report (< 3000 words) and an oral presentation.

Formative Assessment

Students will receive formative assessment of their progress during tutorials, by their practical supervisor during laboratory sessions, and via in-lecture review of specific learning outcomes.


Feedback on the oral presentation will be given by the supervising tutor. Feedback on the practical report will be given as a marking form and specific written comments by the practical supervisor. Formative feedback on tutorial exercises will be both written and verbal.

Course Learning Outcomes


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