The broad aims of the module are: (a) to provide a continued training in methodological skills appropriate to psychological investigation; (b) to provide advanced training in statistical techniques of the analysis of psychological data; (c) to provide training in computing skills for conducting analysis of psychological data; and (d) to provide direct experience of some of the phenomena encountered in other Stage 2/3 psychology modules. The practical component of the module consists of a structured programme of laboratory classes and non-laboratory sessions during which students work in small supervised groups designing and carrying out four research projects related to themes encountered in the department's other Stage 2/3 modules. A programme of statistics lectures and computing workshops is closely linked to the practical classes. Computer–based statistical analysis is illustrated using SPSS, a general-purpose statistical package
Total contact hours: 66
Private study hours: 234
Total study hours: 300
Compulsory to :
BSc in Psychology with a Placement Year
BSc in Psychology with Clinical Psychology and a Placement Year
BSc in Psychology
BSc in Psychology with Clinical Psychology
BSc in Psychology with Forensic Psychology
BSc in Psychology with Business Psychology
BSc in Psychology with a year abroad
BSc in Social Psychology
BSc in Psychology and Social Anthropology
Method of assessment
Practical Report (3,000 words) (20%)
Practical report (2,000 words) (20%)
4 In Class Tests (equally weighted) (60%)
Reassessment methods: This module is reassessed by 100% Examination.
Reading list (Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually)
Field A. (2013) Discovering Statistics using IBM SPSS statistics. 4th edition (3rd edition is also fine). Sage.
Howitt D., & Cramer D. (2011). Introduction to statistics in psychology (5th ed.). Pearson Education.
Howitt D., & Cramer D. (2011). Introduction to SPSS in psychology (5th ed.). Pearson Education.
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 demonstrate the ability to communicate statistical concepts
8.2 demonstrate understanding of statistical scientific conventions
8.3 show competence in using a statistical computing package (SPSS)
8.4 understand the process of formulating hypotheses on the basis of previous research
8.5 formulate designs appropriate to the questions being asked
8.6 as part of a group, plan and run appropriate psychological research
8.7 acquire good listening skills; show an ability to work with others; respond to other people's viewpoints
8.8 demonstrate the ability to communicate critically
The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 develop and demonstrate intellectual skills (including critical reflection and evaluation, reading and writing skills, time management, self reflection and clarity in thinking);
9.2 develop and demonstrate transferable skills including numeracy, information technology, working with others, communication, problem solving and improving through learning.
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