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2nd Year Project

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2020/21

Module Code:


Module Name:

2nd Year Project

Module Credits (CATS):


Module Convener

Friederike Schlaghecken

Module Teachers

Supervisors: Members of academic staff

Module Aims

To develop research skills by having students perform a replication and an extension: replicating a classic experimental effect from a list of pre-approved projects and then designing an extension that investigates an interesting new angle on the original work.

To provide an opportunity to work in small teams on a medium-scale project in some area of psychological enquiry.

To provide an opportunity to apply and consolidate research methods and data analysis skills learned in Further Methods in Psychology (PS215) to a real data set obtained by the student. -To foster key skills such as independent learning, communication, time management, and collaboration.

To prepare students to carry out their final year project and to satisfy relevant BPS training requirements.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Design, plan and carry out a medium sized project in Psychology

  • be able to propose a theoretically motivated project

  • be able to execute a replication and extension to existing work

  • be able to present work to an audience and write an independent project report

  • appreciate the ethical context of the project;

Assessed by:

Presentation and project report

Module Work Load

Module Length

12 Weeks




No Seminars, but Supervisions


Attendance at lectures and seminars is compulsory

Module Assessment

Assessed work:


Written Report




Module Programme

Term 1: Lecture: 'Planning Your Project'.

Term 2 Lecture: 'Conducting Your Project'

Meetings with your supervisor

Lecture: 'Presenting Your Project' Week 9: Poster

Term 3 Submission of independent report and raw data.

Module Reading List

Forshaw, M. (2013). Your Undergraduate Psychology Project: A Student Guide (Second Edition). BPS Blackwell.

Sternberg, R., & Sternberg, K. (2010). The Psychologist's Companion: A Guide to Writing Scientific Papers for Students and Researchers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511762024

Wood, C., Giles, D., & Percy, C. (2009). Your Psychology Project Handbook: Becoming a Researcher. Harlow: Prentice Hall.

Other Useful Reading Bem, D. (2002). Writing the empirical journal article. In J. M. Darley, M. P. Zanna, & H. L. Roediger III (Eds.), The Complete Academic: A Career Guide. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Evans, J. (2007). Your Psychology Project: The Essential Guide. London: Sage. Sternberg, R. J., & Sternberg, K. (2010). The Psychologist's Companion: A Guide to Scientific Writing for Students and Researchers (5th edition). Cambridge : Cambridge University Press.

In addition, any text on research methods would provide useful supplementary material, particularly in relation to design. The following is a good example Shaughnessy, J. J., Zechmeister, E. B., & Zechmeister, J. S. (2006). Research Methods in Psychology (7th Edition). London: McGraw-Hill. The reading for PS215, list available through the talis reading lists will also be helpful