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PS3015: METHODOLOGY A (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05

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. This course also features workshops on employability, providing students with information on career planning, networking etc.  

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen 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.

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

35% 35-question Multiple Choice Question "class test" in Week 12: open book, timed 1 hour (25 stats theory and 10 qual theory)

25% 5 Online SPSS Lab Assignments

35% Qualitative Group Report


Alternative Resit Assessment

100% Coursework

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstandAttain knowledge of the general principles of psychological research and the most common elementary designs of qualitative analysis and statistical methods for use in practicals and research projects.
ProceduralApplyBe able to plan, conduct, analyse, and report on qualitative and empirical studies conducted under the supervision of a member of staff.
ProceduralApplyHave expertise in the operation of the statistical package SPSS for Windows in order to carry out the techniques and tests specified in ILO1.
ReflectionCreateBe able to work in groups and coordinate and plan group work.

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