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PS904 - Practical Research skills for Psychology

  • Module code: PS904
  • Module name: Practical Research skills for Psychology
  • Department: Psychology
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The main aim of this course is to provide students with practical skills in the area of psychological research with an emphasis on using technology and advanced techniques to study human behaviour and performance. The course provides a theoretical background of when these techniques might be used and for what reasons and also provides practical training in using specialist equipment. The main themes are computer programming for designing and analyzing experiments, using standard experimental generator packages, eye movement measurement and ERP imaging techniques.

Principal learning outcomes

Describe and evaluate the appropriateness of key experimental methods available for assessing human performance, in particular: eye movement measurement and analysis, ERP techniques and design issues; Write basic console and event driven computer programs on a PC (Borland Delphi and C); Be able to develop and analyse basic Reaction Time experiments using the E-Prime experiment generator; Be able to conduct an eye movement measurement experiment and analyse the results.

Timetabled teaching activities

1 lecture and 1 laboratory session per week

Other essential notes

Essential background / supplementary reading and time related to completing practical assignments.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PS904-15)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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