PY0419 - Quantitative Psychological Laboratory Experience and Skills

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What will I learn on this module?

On this module you will work in groups to learn how to design, conduct and report psychological research using quantitative methodologies. Individually, you will engage in the research process as both ‘researcher’ and ‘participant’, using a range of hard copy and software based data collection tools. You will learn how to handle data and present research findings, including the use of tables and figures, in scientific reports and oral presentations. You will discuss and evaluate ethical considerations in psychological research and learn how to write ethics documents in accordance with current conventions.

How will I learn on this module?

On this module you will learn through a series of practical, laboratory based sessions in which you will take part in small-scale empirical research studies, acting as both “participants” and as “researchers”, and in which you will develop a range of professional and transferable skills. The practical sessions will provide you with opportunities to practice the skills in a structured setting, though you will also be able to use and benefit from the skills in other parts of the degree. You will learn about research design, data collection and analysis, and be prepared to write psychological reports.

You will learn in our specialist psychology teaching labs, using current research software (e.g. SPSS; bibliographic resources) and equipment. You will learn to use different software packages (e.g. PowerPoint, Prezi) to present your findings and enhance your communication skills.

You will be required to complete one formative and two summative assessments. For the formative assessments you will prepare a full lab report. The first summative assessment is an individual quantitative research report. The second is a group oral presentation based on published research.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module tutor will support you by making a variety of resources linked to the lectures and assessments available on the eLearning Portal (e.g. PowerPoint slides, lectures handouts) along with links to resources to encourage further exploration of specific research topics. A discussion board on the eLearning Portal will be available for students to pose and respond to questions among peers and to the module tutor. This enhances collegiality and also means that support is available to all students. Technology enabled learning will be implemented through the use of specialist testing software, data recording and analysis software, online submission and marking of the summative assessment, and the use of Pebble+ to allow you to record and reflect on your development.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MK1: You will be expected to demonstrate understanding of a range of research methods and data analysis techniques
• MK2: You will recognise the value of evidence in the development of psychological knowledge

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MIP1: You will explore and operationalise research questions, understand statistical reasoning, and demonstrate competence in a number of quantitative research methodologies, therefore enhancing your employability.
• MIP2: You will recognise ethical and cultural issues within psychology and psychological research

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MPV1: You will develop the characteristics of a Northumbria psychology graduate, by demonstrating effective oral and visual communication skills

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment
You will complete a full lab report based on a study designed and completed in the lab sessions (MK1, MK2; MIP1, MIP2).

Summative Assessment
You will have two summative assignments:

1. An individual quantitative lab report (2000 words; 80% of total module mark) detailing a research study designed and conducted by you (MK1, MK2; MIP1, MIP2 ).

2. A group oral presentation (20% of total module mark) detailing research published in the literature (MK2, MPV1).

Lab sessions will comprise of practical research skills workshops, lab demonstrations and guidance aimed at supporting students to complete tasks that are relevant to the successful completion of formative and summative assessments. Students will also have opportunities to attend optional drop-in sessions to receive additional guidance from the module tutor on tasks relating to the formative and summative assessments on this module.

Rich and detailed written feedback will be provided through annotations on both the summative and formative lab reports in eSAF. Students also have opportunities to receive focussed verbal feedback on formative assessments to illustrate areas for improvement for the summative assessments on this module.

Immediate oral feedback will be provided following each presentation, followed by detailed written feedback.





Module abstract

This module will develop your understanding of quantitative research methodologies and report writing within psychology, and build transferable skills. You will attend practical classes each week that will facilitate your engagement in research as both “participants” and “experimenters” in small research studies. You will also engage in discussion regarding quantitative methodologies and experimental design, research ethics, and the communication of research findings to the academic community and beyond. You will also develop your ability to effectively communicate in both a written and oral formats, through the completion of one formative and two summative activities. Rich and detailed individual feedback is provided for the summative and formative written reports. Immediate oral feedback is provided on the group oral presentation. In addition, you are asked to reflect upon their experience and evaluate your professional progress and employability using Pebble+

Course info

UCAS Code C8M9

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full time/4 years full time with optional study abroad year

Department Psychology

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2021

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