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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

PS1511 builds on PS1011. You will learn more about research methods in Psychology through lectures, practicals, and taking part in experiment-demonstrations.  You will also learn how to set up and conduct a Psychology experiment yourself. Part of the lectures will focus on statistics, to equip you with the skills to analyze and interpret your own data, culminating in a written research report, in which your critical thinking skills will be encouraged. You will also learn about the role of ethics in research. This course will enable you to spot the difference between ‘pop-science’ and genuine science.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second 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)
  • One of PS1011 Introductory Psychology I: Methods and Applications (Studied) or PS1013 Introductory Methods and Applications in Psychology I (Distance) (Studied) or BSc Behavioural Biology (Studied)
  • PS1509 Introductory Psychology II: Concepts and Theory (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • PS1510 Introductory Psychology II: Methods and Applications (Studied)
  • PS1513 Introductory Methods and Applications in Psychology II (Distance) (Studied)
  • SF1502 Introductory Psychology II: 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.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Behavioural Studies
  • BSc Psychology
  • MA Behavioural Studies
  • MA Psychology
  • Master Of Arts In Psychology With Counselling Skills
  • Psychology Joint
  • Psychology Major

Contact Teaching Time

57 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown


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



Students will receive written feedback on continuous assessment.

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