Research Methods A



  • Why do we need to do research?
  • Approaches to research in psychology
  • Basic concepts in research methodology
  • Ethics in psychological research
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Distributions, correlation, z-scores
  • Testing statistical significance

Support sessions:

  • Good and bad examples of research
  • Using the library
  • How to read a research paper
  • How to write for a scientific audience
  • Plagiarism and its avoidance

Practical Psychology:

  • 2 Practicals (4 two-hour sessions)

Research Participation:

  • 10 hours of participation in current research

On-Line Tutorials:

  • E-mail and communication in the School
  • Accessing the internet and Canvas
  • Using the library catalogue
  • Conducting a literature search (Web of Science)
  • Presenting references
  • Word-processing, PowerPoint
  • Presenting Graphs and tables
  • On-line support for Statistics

Statistics computer labs:

  • Using SPSS to carry out statistical analyses

Study Skills Lectures:

  • General study skills
  • Plagiarism
  • Critical thinking
  • Library and literature search
  • Scientific writing
  • Using feedback

Delivery methods

Lectures, practicals and seminars



  • Practical Report 1 (800 words) (15% of 20 credit module)
  • Practical Report 2 (1000 words) (20% of 20 credit module)
  • Computer lab assignments (15% of 20 credit module)
  • Class test (50% of 20 credit module)

To be eligible to pass this module, students must pass the statistics exam and fulfil the research participation requirements.

Note that reassessment is via an exam which covers the whole of the module including components which may have been passed individually. Special reassessment arrangements exist for those with extenuating circumstances.

Key skills

  • Written communication
  • Gathering information
  • Analysing data
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Using initiative
  • Flexibility
  • Computing and IT