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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 Aberdeen 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.

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

30% Exam (30 Multiple Choice Questions with focus on conceptual issues from Methods lectures)

25% Report

6 x 5% Multiple Choice Questions Quizzes 

10% Group Presentation

5% SONA 

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

100% Coursework

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandStudents will be able to understand the different statistical methods used to analyse data in psychology.
ProceduralApplyStudents will be able to apply the appropriate statistical method for different study designs.
ProceduralApplyStudents will be able to clearly communicate findings from analysing data.
ProceduralCreateStudents will be able to design a study to address a specific research question.
FactualUnderstandAttain knowledge of the general principles of psychological research and the most common elementary designs of qualitative analysis and statistical methods for used in practicals and research projects

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