Research Methods B


Topics covered will include:

  • Revision of Hypothesis testing, Distributions, parametric assumptions & Z-scores;
  • Testing for parametric assumptions;
  • Chi-square;
  • Test of difference;
  • Equivalent Non-parametric test of difference: Wilcoxon, Mann-Whitney & One Way ANOVA (Kruskal-Wallis);
  • Computer practicals;
  • Using SPSS to support statistical analysis;
  • Practical psychology;
  • Two simple psychological studies: How to write up an experimental design;
  • Research Participation;
  • 10 hours of participation in current research.

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Use SPSS to perform simple statistical analyses;
  • Understand and apply the concepts and methods behind hypothesis testing in the context of experimental design;
  • Know when and how to use Chi-square, t-tests and their non-parametric equivalent tests;
  • Conduct psychological studies involving simple statistical analyses;
  • Present the results of psychological research in written report format.


  • Practical Report 2: (1,500 words; 50% of 10 credit module);
  • Class test (50% of 10 credit module).

To be eligible to pass this module, the statistics exam must be passed and you need to fulfil the requirements of the Research Participation Scheme.

Key skills

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