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PSYC1019 Research Methods & Data Analysis II (& Empirical Studies)

Module Overview

This module is designed to extend understanding of the research methods and data analysis techniques introduced in the first semester of the first year. You will be introduced to further statistical techniques used in psychology and learn to apply them both using hand calculation and using the statistical computer package SPSS for Windows. You will also practice interpreting and presenting results of statistical analyses and writing reports following APA style.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to: 1. Formulate an experimental design to answer a simple research question 2. Present data using graphs and/or tables in APA format 3. Select and apply appropriate statistical tests and measures 4. Interpret the outcome of statistical tests and measures 5. Write sections of experimental reports following APA format During the module, you will develop a number of key skills that will aid you throughout your degree as well as in future employment. These include critical thinking, problem analysis and problem solving skills as well as numeric and computing skills. You will learn a range of statistical tests and be able to apply them appropriately and interpret the results. You will develop your IT skills further by more extensive use of the software package SPSS.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Formulate an experimental design to answer a simple research question
  • Present data using graphs and/or tables in APA format
  • Select and apply appropriate statistical tests and measures
  • Interpret the outcome of statistical tests and measures
  • Write sections of experimental reports following APA format

Syllabus

Topics Covered: • General Research Skills: o Experimental design o Ethics in research o Writing reports in APA format o Presenting results in APA format using graphs and/or tables • Statistical skills: o Choosing the right statistical test o Non-Parametric Difference Tests (Mann-Whitney-U) o Parametric t-tests (Paired; Unpaired) o One-factor ANOVA (independent groups; multiple comparisons) o Bivariate correlation (Pearson’s r; significance of a correlation)

Special Features

Very practical module, attention focused on integrating theoretical knowledge with research skills

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

There will be a 2-hour lecture each week, supplemented by up to two additional hours of direct learning requirements. On some weeks, the additional hours will involve a combination of data collection and an online workshop. On other weeks, the additional hours will involve in-class tutorials/Q&A sessions regarding data analysis and report writing.

TypeHours
Practical classes and workshops20.5
Lecture22
Independent Study107.5
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

https://blackboard.soton.ac.uk/. he resources needed for this module (data files, instructions etc.) students can find at the Blackboard site for this module, logging into https://blackboard.soton.ac.uk/ and choosing PSYC1019.

Andy Field. Discovering Statistics Using SPSS. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Students will be provided with a full set of experimental data and given three weeks in August/September to complete a full report (excluding the method section which will be given to them to aid completion of the report). Students will also have to retake the final exam

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 27.5%
Practical Report 35%
Practical Report 35%
Research Participation 2.5%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite of PSYC2019 and PSYC2020

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