Research Methods in Psychology

The details
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
28 May 2019


Requisites for this module


PS414, PS416

Key module for

BSC C831 Cognitive Science,
BSC C832 Cognitive Science (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C833 Cognitive Science (Including Placement Year),
BA 63C2 Psychological Studies,
BA C801 Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BA C802 Psychology,
BA C807 Psychology (Including Foundation Year),
BA C810 Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C800 Psychology,
BSC C803 Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C811 Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C812 Psychology (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C806 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C808 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience,
BSC C809 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Placement Year),
BSC C813 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C814 Psychology with Economics,
BSC C815 Psychology with Economics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C816 Psychology with Economics (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module provides an introduction to research design and methodology. Students will be introduced to the basic principles of research design, and to a variety of experimental and correlational techniques for studying behaviour. Appropriate techniques of statistical analysis will be applied to data collected from experiments. Students will learn how to write laboratory reports for the research they carry out, and these will form part of the assessment.

Module aims

The Research Methods in Psychology (PS114) module will:
• provide an introduction to the main research methods and designs used in Psychology,
• instruct you on how to conduct simple, controlled empirical investigations,
• guide you on how to write concise scientific reports in the correct format, and
• provide an introduction to laboratory practice.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module you should be able to:
• write competent laboratory reports efficiently and in the correct format,
• distinguish between the major types of simple research design, and be able to discuss the appropriateness of each for a particular investigation,
• understand the relationships between hypotheses, data and conclusions,
• design a simple experiment or study to carry out a particular kind of investigation, and
• use simple statistical tests to investigate hypotheses arising from empirical studies.

Module information

During laboratory classes learn and practice key research skills such as identifying the relevant literature, designing studies, analysing data and writing up research reports. In addition, classes will involve discussion and interpretation of the results obtained.

Learning and teaching methods

The module consists of a 1hr lecture and a 2hr practical class each week.


  • Howitt, Dennis; Cramer, Duncan. (2017) Research methods in psychology, New York: Pearson.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Lab Report Group A (lab class 1,2,3 taught by Marie Juanchich)    40% 
Coursework   Lab Report Group B (lab class 4,5,6 taught by Rael Dawtry)     
Coursework   Research Proposal    50% 
Coursework   Research Training    10% 
Exam  180 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
60% 40%


Coursework Exam
60% 40%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Marie Juanchich, email:
Dr Marie Juanchich



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 158 hours, 118 (74.7%) hours available to students:
40 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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