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Statistical Methods in Psychology

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2021/22

Module Code:


Module Name:

Statistical Methods in Psychology

Module Credits (CATS):


Module Convener

Derrick Watson

Module Teachers

Luke Hodson

Module Aims

This module complements PS114 Research Methods in Psychology. It provides an introduction to the skills and knowledge necessary for psychological investigation and the statistical analysis of psychological research data. The module covers the principles of various techniques and their procedural implementation. The module provides essential preparation for the second year methods course and the second and third year projects.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Be able to understand and demonstrate knowledge of experimental design, ethics, and perform a range of quantitative and qualitative data analysis methods.

  • Increase in numeracy and analytic skills.

  • The ability to formulate and test hypotheses.

Assessed by:

Research experience and assessments

Module Work Load

Module Length

20 Weeks


Weekly 1 hour lecture


an optional follow-up session to the lecture each week


Attendance at lectures is compulsory

Module Assessment

Assessed work:

Assessment 1

Assessment 2




Research Experience


Module Programme

1 Introduction and Experimental Design 2 Qualitative Descriptive Statistics 3 Quantitative Descriptive Statistics 4 Probability distributions 5 Hypothesis Testing Overview 6 Tests for One Sample 7 Tests for Two Related Samples 8 Tests for Two Unrelated Samples 9 Correlation 10 Review

1 Regression 2 Chi-square 3 Oneway analysis of variance: Introduction 4 Oneway analysis of variance: Calculation 5 Factorial analysis of variance 6 Repeated measures analysis of variance 7 Ethics 8 Observation techniques 9 Non-parametric methods 10 Overview of Term 2 material

Module Reading List

Essential course text Howell, D. C. (2008). Fundamental statistics for the behavioral sciences (6th ed.). Belmont , CA : Thomson Wadsworth . (or a more recent edition of this text) Also highly recommended is: Nunn, J. (Ed.) (1998). Laboratory psychology: A beginner's guide. Hove , UK: Psychology Press.

Other useful sources Harris, P. (2002). Designing and reporting experiments in psychology. Buckingham: Open University Press. Mulberg, J. (2002). Figuring figures: An introduction to data analysis. Harlow , UK: Pearson Education. Robson, C. (1993). Real world research. Oxford , UK: Blackwell. Rosnow, R. L., & Rosnow, M. (2001). Writing papers in psychology. Belmont , CA : Wadsworth .