Statistics for Psychology

The details
Essex Pathways
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Foundation/Year Zero: Level 3
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
11 March 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA C807 Psychology (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C812 Psychology (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C813 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C817 Psychology with Economics (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module covers the statistical skills needed to proceed to any degree course within the Department of Psychology. The syllabus covers statistical methods including data collect and analysis, distributions and hypothesis testing.

The associated work in classes and lab exercises develops the skills used to solve relevant problems, with classwork and assignments being set and full solutions provided where appropriate as part of the feedback process.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To ensure that students from a wide range of educational backgrounds have an understanding of statistical methods needed within the study of Psychology.

  • To develop the ability to acquire knowledge and skills from lectures, classwork exercises, and appropriate software and application of theory to a range of ongoing tasks.

  • To develop students' ability to use these skills in their subsequent degree courses.

  • To equip students with the techniques needed to collect and analyse data, calculate statistical measures and to clearly structure their solutions and conclusions.

  • To give students the ability to present and interpret data clearly and unambiguously, both by hand and with the use of Excel software.

  • To give students an understanding of data distributions and the ability to set up hypothesis tests.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand sampling methods for data collection.

  2. Understand and calculate basic statistical measures of centrality and spread.

  3. Understand and interpret basic statistical graphs, including using Excel to analyse data and produce various graphs.

  4. Understand the normal distribution and be familiar with other common distributions.

  5. Understand basic probability.

  6. Understand basic statistical inference and be able to conduct simple hypothesis tests.

  7. Understand correlation and simple regression.

Skills for your professional life (Transferable Skills)

By the end of this module, students will have practised the following transferable skills:

  • Application of Statistics: Statistics is applied in almost every scenario which involves data. This is extremely useful in everyday life and many disciplines including psychology, medicine, public health, business, science, engineering etc. In the real world, we need to collect data and apply statistical techniques to the data to learn the underlying causes and relationships, and to make correct decisions.

  • Using graphs to see patterns in data and to present the evidence: Another exciting skill you will learn is to make different graphs for visually showing patterns and trends in the data and also to present the results.

  • IT skills: you will learn the exciting use of technology for accurate and speedy statistical analysis by using Microsoft Excel software. Excel is widely sued in everyday life data management and analysis by researchers, business communities, government bodies etc. Excel makes the application of statistics and data analysis easy. Learning Excel is a great skill you can use in your future studies as well as in your work career. Further, by using NUMBAS in lab activities, you learn how to use software to get instant results from your problem-solving activity. This is a vital tool in many applications and environments where extensive statistics and mathematics are used.

  • Logical approach: doing advanced topics such as inferential statistics help you to develop additional skills in planning, analysing, and learning methodical and logical approach to problem-solving. These skills are transferrable to many areas of your future studies and work.

Module information


  • Data collection: methods to ensure data is unbiased.

  • Descriptive statistics: interpreting data, measures of location and dispersion.

  • Displaying data: Constructing and analysing histograms and other graphs.

  • Distributions: normal distribution and other common distributions.

  • Inference Statistics: hypothesis testing and statistics tables.

  • Using Excel to carry out statistical computations, create graphs and interpret data.

  • Measures of dispersion and central tendency, probability, correlation and regression.

  • Practical application of statistics to Psychology related problems.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • One 1-hour lecture per week.
  • One 2-hour class per week.
  • One 1-hour computer lab per week.

There are two weeks of revision lectures and classes in the Summer Term.

Students are expected to complete the Moodle-based online assignments/activities in their own individual study time. Support for this is provided through academic support hours and email.

Teaching and learning on Essex Pathways modules offers students the ability to develop the foundation knowledge, skills, and competencies to study at the undergraduate level, through a curriculum that is purposely designed to provide an exceptional learning experience.

All lecture notes and worksheet exercises are placed on Moodle prior to the teaching event for easy student access. Solutions to worksheet exercises are also placed on Moodle after the teaching event is concluded to aid with revision. Listen Again is also used as part of learning support in which students can review the recordings at a later date.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   IA127 - Online Lab Assignment - 1     5% 
Coursework   IA127 - Online Lab Assignment - 2     5% 
Coursework   IA127 - Online Lab Assignment - 3     5% 
Coursework   IA127 - Online Lab Assignment - 4     5% 
Coursework   IA127 - Online Lab Assignment - 5     5% 
Coursework   IA127 - Online Lab Assignment - 6    5% 
Coursework   IA127 In-person, Open Book (restricted) Test    25% 
Coursework   IA127 - Written Project Report     45% 

Additional coursework information

Formative assessment

  • Students engage in completing weekly worksheets, and online assignments and receive in-class and online feedback.

Summative assessment

  • A 1.5-hour in-person, open book (restricted) test.
    The test will cover statistics concepts taught in the first six lectures of the module. These include: data collection and sampling methods, descriptive statistics, measures of centrality and dispersion, and data transformation.
  • Online lab assignments.
    Marks are obtained by completing online assignments throughout the year.
  • Report (1,000 words)
    The report consists of a written project in which students have to organise a data set, analyse the data based on the research questions and report their findings.

Reassessment strategy

  • Failed coursework - resubmit a piece of coursework (1,000 words) which will be marked as 100% of the new module mark. The reassessment task will enable the relevant learning outcomes to be met.

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Fowad Murtaza, email: fmurta@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Fowad Murtaza (fmurta@essex.ac.uk)
Kate Smith - catsmith@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Austin Tomlinson
University of Birmingham
Available via Moodle
Of 5129 hours, 39 (0.8%) hours available to students:
5090 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
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