Psychological Research Methods
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This paper introduces students to a range of research theories and methods, preparing them to be critical consumers of Psychological Research.
Introduce a range of psychological research methods.
Introduce methods of quantitative and qualitative research.
Introduce computer‐assisted data analysis.
Facilitate the understanding of research.
Facilitate the design of novel research.
The paper includes two major components: lectures and laboratories.
Lectures: One face-to-face lecture and one recorded/online lecture that you can watch at your own time. We encourage all students to attend the face-to-face lecture.
Laboratories: There is a Zoom laboratory workshop on Monday 9am which will give you the required information to complete lab exercises and laboratory reports. This will be recorded and it is imperative that you watch it before attending your lab session as these are help sessions only. This is also to ensure those of you doing the paper in the online flexi format do not miss out on any teaching.
All lectures and Zoom workshops are recorded on Panopto and will be available on Moodle.
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:
Describe a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods used in psychology.
Linked to the following assessments:• Test 1 (1)• Test 2 (2)
Carry out basic analyses of qualitative and quantitative data.
Linked to the following assessments:
Two Online Tests (50%)
Students will sit for two tests in the semester. Each test is worth 25% of the students' final marks. The tests will be in the format of an online Moodle quiz. The test is open-book, which mean students are allowed to refer to any lecture material, readings or hand-written notes.
Two Laboratory Reports (50%)
Students will be provided with raw data to conduct statistical analysis (e.g.correlation, multiple regression, factorial ANOVA). Students will:
1) Conduct statistical analysis using software packages (e.g. IBM SPSS).
2) Report and interpret the results by writing a laboratory report.
More details about these assignments will be provided in the labs and on Moodle.
Please ask the lab instructors or teaching assistant any questions that you may have regarding the laboratory report. They are there to help you and guide your work.
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.
Error: Assessment components must add up to 100%
At least one Assessment Component needs to be entered
|Component Description||Due Date||Time||Percentage of overall mark||Submission Method||Compulsory|
|1. Test 1||
19 Aug 2021
No set time
|2. Test 2||
14 Oct 2021
No set time
|3. Laboratory Report 1||
3 Sep 2021
No set time
|4. Laboratory Report 2||
19 Oct 2021
No set time
Required and Recommended Readings*
I recommend the following statistical texts for more information on the statistics, and help with the lab exercises:
Field, A. (2018). Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS Statistics (5th ed.). Sage: Los Angeles. ISBN 978‐1‐5264-1951-4. (Earlier editions are fine.)
Cumming, G., & Calin-Jageman, R. (2017). Introduction to the new statistics: Estimation, open science and beyond. Routledge: New York. ISBN 978-1-138-82552-9.
The amount of work expected of a typical student in a 15‐point undergraduate paper (offered over one semester) is approximately 12 hours per week, including class contact time. This is only approximations, as papers vary in their requirements and students vary in both the amount of effort required and the level of grades they wish to achieve.
In PSYC307 you have 4 hours of lectures each week plus 2 hours of laboratories. You will need to budget for independent study each week to read course materials and prepare for tests. You may work on laboratory exercises in your own time and bring them to class to be signed off.
Linkages to Other Papers*
Prerequisite papers: PSYCH211 or PSYC208
Restricted papers: PSYC307