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Research Methods in Psychology

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2021/22

Module Code:


Module Name:

Research Methods in Psychology

Module Credits (CATS):


Module Convener

Hester Duffy

Module Teachers

Postgraduate Teachers

Module Aims

The module provides skills and knowledge necessary for understanding the nature of empirical work in psychology. The module provides skills and knowledge necessary for designing, implementing, analysing, and reporting the student's own empirical investigations. The module provides valuable preparation for the second and third year projects.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • the ability to understand, implement and discuss the principles of psychological research;

  • the ability to understand the principles of experimental, observational and questionnaire methods;

  • the ability to understand the principles of qualitative methods in psychology;

  • the ability to understand ethical issues in psychological research.

  • the ability to design studies to collect, analyse and interpret data, and to apply these skills to write reports of empirical investigations that conform to the standard American Psychological Association format.

Assessed by:

Project report, presentation of project, research experience, 3 practical reports and test.

Module Work Load

Module Length

24 Weeks


One 1 hour lecture per week




Attendance to any allocated session is compulsary

Module Assessment

Assessed work:

Project Report

Presentation of Project

Research Experience

3 Practical Reports (each resort is 5%)








Module Programme

Scientific writing for psychology: Structure and purpose of an article, content of title, abstract, introduction, method (and subsections of method), results, discussions and reference section, and citations and referencing formats.

Structure and components of experimental and non-experimental research designs.

Types of data collection techniques.

Application of statistical hypotheses to research, and selection of statistical tests for analysing data.

Statistical calculation using software (SPSS) of t-tests, chi-square (goodness-of-fit and contingency table) tests, correlation and simple regression, one-way ANOVAs, factorial ANOVAs and repeated-measures ANOVAs.

Reporting of statistical evidence in scientific reporting for psychology.

Module Reading List

Howell, D. C. (2008). Fundamental statistics for the behavioural sciences (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth. (or a more recent edition of this text) Field, A. (2009). Discovering statistics using SPSS (3rd ed.). London: Sage. (or a more recent edition of this text)

Howell, D. & Cramer, D. (2014). Introduction to SPSS in Psychology (6th ed.). Harlow, England: Pearson.