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PSYC6136 Open Science in Psychology

Module Overview

The Open Science in Psychology module focuses on training students in current open science practices – practices which are becoming increasingly popular in modern psychology research.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand open science practices and the reproducibility crisis in psychology
  • Understand sharing data, code and procedures on the Open Science Framework
  • Understand advanced R packages (e.g. data table and ggplot2).
  • Write reproducible reports in R (e.g. using RMarkdown)

Syllabus

The module will comprise a mixture of lectures and computer-based workshops. The lectures and workshops will take place in computer labs to enable students to work through the material presented on their own machines. The module will be assessed using a single report due at the end of the module, and this report will focus on reproducing the analyses from an already-published paper, using the same dataset as the already-published paper. Students will obtain the dataset from this paper either by downloading it from existing databases, or by contacting the authors. They will re-analyse the data by following the steps set out in the paper that they have selected. The final report will detail the steps that they have taken, the code that they have written, and the outcome in terms of whether or not they were able to find the same results, both in terms of the same statistical outcomes, and the same descriptive statistics, as the already-published paper. As the weekly lectures and workshops progress, students will be guided through the steps needed to setup and write this final report. Towards the end of the course, the weekly sessions will still be timetabled, but will be more focused on the module lead meeting the students and working with them to resolve any problems with their final reports. The dataset that students will replicate the analyses of will be carefully selected to ensure that it is amenable to the statistical tests that students are already well-versed in using.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

There will be a double lecture each week taking place in computer labs. During this, students will work through a mix of following the steps taken by the lecturer in the slides, coupled with self-directed study. This will be supplemented by a guided process through which they complete the coursework.

TypeHours
Teaching24
Completion of assessment task100
Preparation for scheduled sessions76
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Chambers, C. (2019). The Seven Deadly Sins of Psychology: A Manifesto for Reforming the Culture of Scientific Practice.. 

Other Resources. Other resources will include free online information where possible, but will also include more diverse resources such as podcasts and blog posts.

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Final Report 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Final Report 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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