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PS906 - Experimental Design and Data Collection (ESRC DTP version)

  • Module code: PS906
  • Module name: Experimental Design and Data Collection (ESRC DTP version)
  • Department: Psychology
  • Credit: 10, 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

◾To familiarize students with the principles of good experimental design, and the various ways in which empirical data is collected ◾To deepen students’ understanding of the best ways to address different kinds of research problems ◾To teach students how to critically assess research articles

Principal learning outcomes

◾Assess the reliability and validity of experimental designs ◾Understand the advantages, disadvantages, and uses of randomized designs, non-randomized designs, and meta-analyses ◾Understand different methods for data collection and when to use them, including non-experimental methods; ◾Design a logically sound experiment to test a hypothesis ◾Identify common errors in poorly designed experiments

Timetabled teaching activities

1 lecture and 1 seminar per week

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: PS906-10)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assignment 1 33%
  Class Test (locally held) 67%
15 CATS (Module code: PS906-15)
A2 (Assessed work only) Assessed work 1 16.5%
  Assessed work 2 16.5%
  Class Test 67%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed Visiting/Exchange PART-YEAR ONLY 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught MSc in Research Methods in Psychology (C8P4) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Clinical Applications of Psychology (C8P5) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Social Science Research (L98B) - Year 1
Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Taught Psychological Research (C8P9) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Cognitive Systems (G4C8) - Year 1