Psychology

Research Skills in Psychology 2

Module code: C8891
Level 4
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Laboratory
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

The aim of this module is to introduce you to some of the skills necessary for conducting psychological research. It focuses on the skills required for analysing the data obtained from experimental and quasi-experimental studies in psychology. It is therefore complementary to Research Skills 1, which focuses more on observational methods in psychology.

By the end of the module, you should be familiar with the techniques that most psychologists use in order to conduct research, be able to perform various statistical tests by hand and by the use of SPSS, be able to produce a poster and lab-reports that conform to the conventions for published psychology journal articles and they should have started to be able to understand and critically evaluate the methodological aspects of published research.

Module learning outcomes

  • Analyse data using statistical techniques, both by hand and with SPSS.
  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of the methods used in psychological research.
  • Produce write-ups of research results, using APA conventions, and be able to present research findings orally
  • Use the Internet and library electronic resources to find relevant published research on which to base their coursework