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PS3015: METHODOLOGY A (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

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.

Course Details

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

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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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.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MA Behavioural Studies

Contact Teaching Time

38 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University weeks 8 - 17
  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 7 - 17
  • 1 Practical during University weeks 8 - 17
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 7 - 17

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Summative Assessments

1 two-hour Multiple Choice examination (60%). Continuous assessment (30%) evaluating statistical and research skills, research participation (5%), and an oral presentation (5%).

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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