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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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Mirjam Brady-Van den Bos

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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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.

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

SONA 10%

SONA Experiments 6%

MCQ 20%

Discussion forum 4%

Presentations 4%

Peer feedback 2%

Report 1 20%

Report 2 34%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralApplyBeing able to set up an experiment and run it. Students will be aware of the principles of good research design and implement this when setting up their study.
ProceduralAnalyseBeing able to analyse research data. Students will be able to apply the correct statistical test to their data and interpret the outcome.
ConceptualCreateBeing able to write up an experiment.
FactualUnderstandHaving an increased awareness of ethics in research.
ConceptualAnalyseBeing able to relate research findings to the wider literature.
ConceptualEvaluateBeing able to evaluate an experiment in terms of strengths and weaknesses of the methodology.

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