Psychology Statistics and Practical - SP500

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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6 30 (15) DR D Sharma


SP300 Psychology Statistics and Practical


Not available as a 'wild' module. Not available to short-term credit students.



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.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

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.

Indicative reading

The module reading list can be found online at the reading list pages here :

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

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

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