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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 Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr David Sutherland

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • PS2016 Advanced Psychology 1 - Methods and Applications (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will cover a range of core research methods and data handling techniques used in contemporary psychological research.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

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

Contact Teaching Time

53 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (50%) and multiple choice exam (50%)

Resit: Students will be able to repeat individual components.

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment will be provided through a subset of practical sessions and tutorials.


Students will receive written feedback on continuous assessment.

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