Research Methods in Psychology
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
28 May 2019
Requisites for this module
PS212, PS414, PS416
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
||Lab Report 1
||120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Marie Juanchich
No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 137 hours, 119 (86.9%) hours available to students:
18 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
Disclaimer: The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its Module Directory is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can
be necessary to make changes, for example to programmes, modules, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements,
industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to modules may for example consist
of variations to the content and method of delivery or assessment of modules and other services, to discontinue modules and other services and to merge or combine modules.
The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications and module directory.
The full Procedures, Rules and Regulations of the University governing how it operates are set out in the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances and in the University Regulations, Policy and Procedures.