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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 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.

Associated Costs

Morling, B. (2014 or 2018). Research Methods in Psychology, 2nd or 3rd Ed (either is fine). W.W Norton Co., UK. Third edition available at Blackwells, £29.99.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. GBP 29.99

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

Alternative Assessment

100% Coursework:

10% Scientific Article

22% Annotated Bibliography 

30% Critical Review 

2% Peer-feedback Draft 

2x 10% Multiple Choice Questions Quizzes

4% Group Presentations

6% SONA Participation

6% Forum Discussion

Alternative Resit Assessment

100% Coursework

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberBeing able to find scientific articles online. Students will be able to know which sources to use and how to use them correctly.
FactualUnderstandBeing able to understand scientific articles. Students will be able to understand scientific jargon, have a clearer grasp of methodological terms, and find specific information within an article.
ConceptualUnderstandBeing able to summarize scientific articles. Students will be able to summarize an article in terms of 'what did they do, how did they do it, what did they find, and what does it mean'.
ConceptualEvaluateBeing able to evaluate scientific articles. Students will be able to outline strengths and weaknesses of research methodology and researchers' interpretations.
ConceptualApplyBeing able to communicate ideas in a clear way. Students will be better able to write for, and talk to, different audiences and help them understand their ideas.
FactualRememberBeing able to describe the history of psychology and the current applications in the field.

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