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Further Methods in Psychology

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2020/21

Module Code:

PS215

Module Name:

Further Methods in Psychology

Module Credits (CATS):

15 CATS

Module Convener

James Adelman

Module Teachers

Gemma Gray, Robin Goodwin, Samuel Johnson

Module Aims

The module will consolidate and extend your skills and understanding of issues in research methods that affect you as a producer (doing projects) and consumer (reading journal articles) of research. Specific aims are:

  • to prepare students to carry out psychology projects in their second and third year;

  • to meet core training and accreditation requirements in psychology;

  • to teach students how to analyse and present data; and

  • to familiarise students with issues affecting the soundness of evidence in psychological research.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • to explore a data set and systematically test hypotheses about the data

  • to evaluate the suitability of data for analyses and understand techniques to attenutate problems of data quality

  • to present the results of data analysis clearly and concisely

  • to understand methodological issues that affect internal validity

  • to understand and discuss basic ethical considerations relating to psychological research

  • to perform and report some qualitative analyses

Assessed by:

Homework worksheets, qualitative assessment and final test.

Module Work Load

Module Length

10 Weeks

Lectures

One lecture per week

Seminars

One support session every week

Attendance

Attendance at lectures and seminars is compulsory

Module Assessment

Assessed work:

Homework Worksheets

Qualitative assessment

Final Test

10%

20%

70%

Module Programme

Review of NHST incl. Power for simple case; Choosing tests and data screening; Counterbalancing, randomization and multi-trial-per-condition experiments; Extensions to >2 levels; Two-factor designs, moderation/interactions, simple effects; Higher-order designs; Correlation, regression, multiple regression; Data quality; extensions of regression; Qualitative Methods; Ethical issues

Module Reading List

Howell, D. C. (2008). Fundamental statistics for the behavioral sciences (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth. (or a more recent edition of this text) Brace, N., Kemp, R., & Snelgar, R. (2006). SPSS for Psychologists. (3rd Edition). New York: Palgrave MacMillan. Howell, D. C. (2007). Fundamental statistics for the behavioral sciences (6th ed.). Belmont , CA: Thomson Wadsworth . Pallant, J. (2007). SPSS survival manual. Buckingham: Open University Press. Tabachnick, B. G., and Fidell, L. S. (2006). Using multivariate statistics (5th Edition). Needham Heights , MA: Allyn & Bacon.