Discovering Statistics

Module code: C8552
Level 5
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Practical, Lecture
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

Discovering Statistics has two components:

  • statistical analysis
  • empirical research.

The empirical project enables you to carry out independent research that will develop your skills in experimental research. This project helps to prepare you for your final empirical research project.

The statistical analysis part of the module builds upon existing knowledge of statistical theory to enable you to analyse more complex data structures through understanding the general linear model (regression, ANOVA etc.).

Practical classes compliment the lectures by providing guidance on applying the general linear model using SPSS, advice on designing and executing projects, and conducting experimental research.

This module builds on knowledge gained in the core psychology modules C8511: Research Skills in Psychology 1 and C8891: Research Skills in Psychology 2.

If you're not enrolled on the BSc Psychology course at Sussex, you're expected to be familiar with the material covered in these modules.

Module learning outcomes

  • A conceptual understanding of the use and interpretation of the general linear model: Regression, Multiple Regression, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), and Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA).
  • An understanding of how to conduct these analyses on SPSS.
  • An ability to design, execute, analyse, and write up (in APA format) an experiment research projects.
  • An ability to work independently from a tutor in small groups, as a foundation for their individual research project in the third year.
  • An understanding of how to present research ideas and data summaries both orally and as professional reports.