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Last modified: 29 Jun 2020 11:15

Course Overview

This course builds on the material covered in the first semester course PS2018. Lectures focus primarily on statistical methods and data analysis, with associated practical classes where students work in small groups to design and run their own studies and write reports. In addition, there are lectures and small-group sessions addressing broader topics, including ethical issues in psychological research and how the knowledge and skills that are developed in studying psychology methods can enhance students' employability.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr David Sutherland

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • PS2516 Advanced Psychology 2 - 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

  • 1 Practical during University weeks 26 - 34

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Exam 30%

Practical report 25%

Group presentation 10%

6x MCQ tests 5% each



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.
ReflectionApplyStudents will be able to apply knowledge and skills acquired to enhance their employability.
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.

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