SP300 Psychology Statistics and Practical
Not available as a ‘wild’ module
OverviewThe 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.
This module appears in:
Per term: 10 one-hour lectures + one 1hr exam; 10 x 1½ hour practicals + one 1½ hour exam; 10 one-hour computing workshops/lectures; 10 x 1½ hour computing surgeries.
Method of assessment
This module is assessed by 100% coursework. This is formed of 40% practical reports and Research Participation Scheme credits, and 60% in class tests.
The module reading list can be found online at the reading list pages here : http://resourcelists.kent.ac.uk/index.html
Demonstrate the ability to communicate statistical concepts
Be able to demonstrate understanding of statistical scientific conventions
Show competence in using a statistical computing package (SPSS)
Understand the process of formulating hypotheses on the basis of previous research
Formulate designs appropriate to the questions being asked
As part of a group, plan and run appropriate psychological research
Acquire good listening skills; show an ability to work with others; respond to other people’s viewpoints
Demonstrate the ability to communicate critically