Research Statistics for Psychology

Module summary

Module code: PSYC1155
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Human Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Damian Poulter


Pre and co requisites

Passing Level 4.


To extend students’ critical thinking, appreciation, and application of psychological research methods and statistics.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will:
1. Choose and apply appropriate techniques for the analysis and interpretation of psychological data, including using an appropriate statistical package effectively and appropriately (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) for Windows is currently employed).
2. Identify, carry out, interpret, and disseminate results from appropriate statistical techniques.
3. Plan, design, implement, analyse and present an original quantitative research project, for both academic and business audiences, in order to develop transferable skills.
4. Critically evaluate psychological research articles and findings.
5. Write up psychological research according to psychological conventions.

Indicative content

* Quantitative data collection & analysis
* Qualitative data collection & analysis
* Research design
* Research ethics
* Research critique
* Report writing

Teaching and learning activity

Teaching will take place during term 2, and will consist of theoretical lectures and seminar/practical class/workshop.


Independent Laboratory Report: 60% weighting, 40% pass mark. Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Word Length: 2000 words. Outline Details: Lab report must include all the required sections, in the correct format.

Online Statistics Examination: 40% weighting, 40% pass mark. Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4. Outline Details. 1 hour online open book exam. One-hour duration.

Formative Assessment: In seminars, exercises will contain practice examples for learning checks. Feedback on the seminar exercises, and lab reports will also be provided. In methods seminars the independent lab reports will be designed, including the ethics application process. Students get feedback on their ethics application. Guidance is given on study design, data analysis and lab report writing. Students develop and discuss the preparation and implementation of their research with the tutor, as well as providing an opportunity for students to discuss their progress.