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Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05

Course Overview

This course introduces students to fundamental concepts and methods in psychological research and data analysis. Lectures cover distributions and probability, null hypothesis significance testing, t-tests, chi-square tests, and correlations. Practical classes involve the application of these methods to research examples from different areas of psychology, using the statistical software package SPSS.

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 aims to introduce students to a broad range of methods used in psychological research. Lectures cover fundamental statistical concepts and statistical tests that are applied in the weekly practical classes. Practical classes involve students working in small groups to design studies, analyse data, and write a practical report. 

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University weeks 10 - 13, 15 - 19
  • 1 Meeting during University weeks 10 - 13, 15 - 19

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

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 Assessment

100% Coursework

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralApplyStudents will be able to clearly communicate findings from analysing data.
ConceptualUnderstandStudents will be able to understand the different statistical methods used to analyse data in psychology.
ProceduralCreateStudents will be able to design a study to address a specific research question.
ProceduralApplyStudents will be able to apply the appropriate statistical method for different study designs.
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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