Organisational Psychology: Methods and Statistics - SP857

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Autumn 7 20 (10) MR N Sengupta checkmark-circle


This module focuses on developing and extending your knowledge of research methods and statistics. An important element focuses on developing your understanding of the basics of research methods and statistical analysis. However, the module goes further by teaching you about some advanced methodological and statistical tools. Topics to be covered include:
a) Searching and reviewing relevant literature for a research project.
b) Research design, variables, sampling, levels of measurement, surveys and experiments.
c) Descriptive statistics (frequency, mean, mode, median).
d) Basic inferential statistics (t-test, correlations, chi-square, One-Way ANOVA).
e) Advanced inferential statistics (Multivariate ANOVA, Linear & Logistic Regression)
f) Qualitative research methods (focus groups, interviews)
g) Presenting statistical findings in an understandable way when writing research reports.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

42 hours

Method of assessment

100% Coursework. Formed of a computing test, a theory multiple choice test, and a research proposal.

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

8. The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding in principles of research design, the scientific method, experimental, descriptive and qualitative research, and how these are applied in the organisational psychology context.
8.2. Demonstrate an ability in several basic and advanced statistical techniques and how these are connected to organisational psychology research methods.
8.3. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the relationships between statistical analysis choices, research hypotheses and study design.
8.4. Conduct advanced statistical analysis using common software tools, interpret results of these analyses and relate them back to hypotheses and theories.
8.5. Design meaningful research studies and how to write research proposals that adhere to the psychological standards in publishing (APA guidelines).

9. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1. Read, digest and summarise scientific papers at an advanced level. This is connected to the transferable skill of being able to carry out an effective literature search using electronic sources such as Web of Knowledge and Google Scholar; accurately summarise the literature sources and critically evaluate their relevance.
9.2. Write research proposals that are complete, concise and well-structured. This is connected to transferable skills relating to organising information clearly; presenting information orally and in written form; adapting communication style for different audiences; use of graphs and table as communication tools
9.3. Analyse data and present research findings in an accessible manner.
9.4. Use common software tools. Transferable skills are connected to the ubiquitous nature of technology and software analytical tools in the practice of organisational psychology within business contexts.
9.5. Learn how to work with others collaboratively in designing and developing research, and individually to present the result.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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