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PSYC3064 Advanced Quantitative Research Skills

Module Overview

The Advanced Quantitative Research Skills is focused on extending existing skills in analyzing data from quantitative research. The module consists of two parts. In the first part programming skills in R are being learned. In the second, students will learn how to perform mediation and moderation analyses in SPSS. We strongly recommend students to have at least a 2:1 in PSYC2019 as PSYC3064 is an advanced statistics module and the materials covered in PSYC2019 will not be repeated but will be built upon.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Implementation of statistical procedures within the R environment and SPSS
  • Data manipulation - acquiring skills in flexible matrix manipulation
  • Scripting - programming an analysis in such a way that the script can be used with minimal effort for similar datasets and analyses and for especially large datasets
  • Data visualisation - learning how to create high-quality figures, especially associated with more complex analyses (e.g. three dimensional scatter plots, Trellis displays, etc.).
  • Understanding the distinction between mediation on moderation
  • Performing and interpreting mediation and moderation analyses


This module is divided into two main components. The first component is Introduction into the R. language, implementing Basic Statistical Methods and the General Linear Model (t-tests, ANOVA’s, correlation, and regressions) in R. A specific focus will be on scripting, data manipulation and advanced data visualisation. No prior knowledge concerning computer programming is required. The second component focuses on understanding, conducting, and interpreting mediations and moderation analyses in SPSS. Students will also learn how to report results following APA guidance.

Learning and Teaching

Follow-up work24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Hayes, A. F (2003). Introduction to mediation, moderation, and conditional process analysis: A regression-based approach. 

Alain Zuur, Elena Ieno, & Erik Meesters (2009). A Beginner's Guide To R.. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment 50%
Assessment 49%
Research Participation 1%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: PSYC1010 AND PSYC1019 AND PSYC2019

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