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Durham University

Faculty Handbook 2019-2020

Module Description

Please ensure you check the module availability box for each module outline, as not all modules will run each academic year.

No such Code for prog: C802

Department: Psychology


Type Tied Level 1 Credits 40 Availability Available in 2019/20 Module Cap Location Durham
Tied to C800 Psychology
Tied to C802
Tied to CFG0 Natural Sciences
Tied to CV85 Philosophy and Psychology
Tied to LMV0 Combined Honours in Social Sciences
Tied to X1C8 Education Studies - Psychology


  • None


  • For Single Honours Psychology students only: Introduction to Psychology I and Introduction to Psychology II. For other students taking the British Psychological Society accredited pathway in Psychology: Introduction to Psychology I OR Introduction to Psychology II

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To introduce students to key research methods and statistical techniques used in psychology


  • This module introduces students to some of the methods used in conducting, analysing and presenting research in Psychology
  • Students undertake a series of lectures and practical classes covering basic research skills:
  • design of psychological studies
  • data collection
  • appropriate summarising, display and analysis of results using a statistical computing package
  • and the production of structured critical research reports
  • The module will also cover related conceptual and historical issues in psychology

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Basic knowledge of some key research methods in psychology
  • Basic knowledge of some statistical methods for psychology
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Developing competence in the design and conduct of experiments, including hypothesis testing and data interpretation
  • Developing skills in data handling and statistical analysis
Key Skills:
  • Developing ability to organise and utilise knowledge
  • Developing written communication skills
  • Developing IT skills in word processing and data presentation

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The lectures and practicals used in this module guide students' acquisition of some key research skills in Psychology, including the ability to organise and utilise knowledge and an understanding of the link between data and theory
  • Assessment of these skills is achieved by the weekly formative problems (which aim to help students gauge their knowledge of key facts), the formative and summative practical reports and by the examination
  • These latter assessments in addition to providing staff feedback of a student's standard of work, also allow students to hone their organisational, statistical and written abilities, and develop their understanding of theoretical issues
  • Competence in the design and conduct of research is facilitated by all the teaching methods used
  • Students, working in groups, are encouraged to develop their expertise by carrying out their own studies in later practical classes
  • Assessment of this group is by the summative practicals, written up individually, and by the examination
  • Training in the use of statistical analyses and statistical packages is provided via lectures and reinforced in the practical classes
  • Competence of these skills is assessed by many of the weekly formative problems, the formative and summative practical assignments, where statistical analyses form part of the report, and by the exam, where the ability to apply basic statistical knowledge appropriately is appraised
  • Written and oral presentation skills training is provided primarily by the practical classes and by feedback from the formative assignments
  • Written communication skills are also assessed in the summative assignments, where students are asked to produce structured critical research reports, and in the written examination
  • Word processing skills are encouraged in the lectures and practical classes and supported by the provision of computing resources
  • Appropriate feedback on IT skills is provided on all word processed work

Teaching Methods and Contact Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 22 1 Per Week 2 Hours 44
Practicals 11 1 Every 2 Weeks 3 Hours 33
Preparation and Reading 323
Total 400

Summative Assessment

Component: Practical Reports Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
practical report 1 50%
practical report 2 50%
Component: Examination Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
two-hour examination 100%

Formative Assessment:

Two formative practical reports. Weekly problems relating to psychological research (e.g. statistical problems, short answer questions relating to experimental design).

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University

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