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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

PS1011 is a perfect combination of subject-specific knowledge and transferable skills. In weekly lectures and hands-on practicals, you will learn how various research methods are applied across a range of Psychology sub-fields. In addition, you will learn how to read scientific articles and begin to critique them. You will also be encouraged to develop skills such as giving presentations and writing literature reviews. Apart from acquiring these skills, the course will give you insight into the ‘human factor’ that all sciences necessarily have in common, and as such it will be a valuable addition to any degree. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Mirjam Brady-Van den Bos

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either PS1009 Introductory Psychology I: Concepts and Theory (Studied) or PS1012 Introductory Psychology I: Concepts and Theory (Distance) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • PS1010 Introductory Psychology 1: Methods and Applications (Studied)
  • PS1013 Introductory Methods and Applications in Psychology I (Distance) (Studied)
  • SF1002 Introductory Psychology I: Methods and Applications (Foundation) (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will cover core experimental methods and research design in psychology. These experimental methods will be linked to a range of data handling techniques and interpretation skills.

Associated Costs

Research Methods in Psychology, 2nd Edition, Morling, B (2014). £37.99 from Blackwells.

This is a compulsory purchase as it includes a registration code allowing students to access the ZAPS online experiments during the practical course. Without it, students cannot carry out the online experiments necessary to complete and pass the course.

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: Continuous assessment (70%) and MCQ exam (30%). Coursework will consist of practical reports, assessed oral presentations, SONA experimental participation credits, and short assignments completed in class).

Resit: Resubmitted coursework assignments (50%) and MCQ exam (50%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Students will receive written feedback on continuous assessment.

Course Learning Outcomes


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