Statistics for Psychology

The details
Essex Pathways
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Foundation/Year Zero: Level 3
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
09 August 2019


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)

Module description

The 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 sessions 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 the 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 course

- 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

On successful completion of this module a student is expected to be able to:

1. Understand methods of collecting data and ability to choose appropriate methods;

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. Ability to read statistical tables;

6. Understanding of basic statistical inference and able to construct simple hypothesis tests.

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.
- Regressions, measures of dispersion and central tendency, data collection and analysis
- Practical application of statistics to Psychology related problems

Formative coursework

Students engage in weekly worksheets, lab sessions and online assignments and receive in class feedback.

Summative assessment

- In-class test (10%)
The first in-class 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, constructing charts and analysing data through histograms and other types of graphs. Emphasis is put on exercises relating to concepts drawn from Psychology.

- Report (25%)
The report consists of a written project in which students have to collect data using appropriate methods, clean and organise the data using Excel, and provide an analysis of the data based on the research question using statistical graphs, conduct hypothesis tests and analyse statistical tables resulting from their analysis.

- Participation mark (5%)
Participation marks are awarded for completing mini online assignments during the lab sessions of the module. The assignments are based around the topics taught during the weekly lectures.

- 2.5 hour exam during Summer Examination period (60%)
The final exam consists of a 150 minutes written exam which includes questions covering all the topics taught during the course and included in the syllabus. Emphasis is put on questions relating to Psychology.

Reassessment strategy

Failed Exam - Resit the exam which is re-aggregated with existing coursework mark to create a new module aggregate.

Failed Coursework - Resubmit a piece of coursework (1,000 words) which is re-aggregated with existing exam mark to create a new module aggregate. The reassessment task will replace the coursework component and will enable the relevant learning outcomes to be met.

Failed Exam and Coursework - Resit the exam and resubmit one piece of coursework (1,000 words) to be aggregated to create a new module aggregate.

Learning and teaching methods

The module runs for 22 weeks and is delivered via a weekly one-hour lecture, a weekly two-hour class and a one-hour computer lab for all students. There are a total of 20 weeks of teaching, with two weeks of revision lectures and classes in the Summer Term. All lecture notes and exercises are placed on Moodle for easy student access. Listen Again is also used as part of learning support in which students can reviews the recordings at a later date.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework In-class Test 25%
Coursework Participation 12.5%
Coursework Written Project Report 28/02/2020 62.5%
Exam 150 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%


Coursework Exam
40% 60%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Fowad Murtaza (fmurta@essex.ac.uk)
KateSmith (catsmith@essex.ac.uk) or 01206 874564



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 222 hours, 136 (61.3%) hours available to students:
68 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
18 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Pathways

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