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Durham University

Postgraduate Module Handbook 2021/2022

Archive Module Description

This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23

Department: Psychology

PSYC42315: Advanced Statistics for Psychology and the Behavioural Sciences

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2021/22
Tied to T6K109 Arab World Studies
Tied to L3KE14 Research Methods
Tied to L3KB07 Social Research Methods
Tied to L2KA07 Research Methods (Politics, International Relations, Security)
Tied to V1KB07 Social and Economic History (Research Methods)
Tied to L8K507 Geography (Research Methods)
Tied to X1K107 Research Methods (Education)
Tied to L6K307 Research Methods (Anthropology)
Tied to C8K409 Behavioural Science
Tied to C8K109 Cognitive Neuroscience
Tied to C8K009 Developmental Psychopathology
Tied to C8K107 Research Methods (Developmental Psychology)


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To teach students a set of advanced statistical methods that are used across psychology and the behavioural sciences
  • To provide students with the capacity to confidently identify appropriate statistical techniques and analyse data using relevant software across a range of different types of research


  • Indicative content as follows:
  • Logistic and non-parametric (robust) regression
  • Multi-level modelling
  • Mediation, moderation and conditional process analysis
  • Structural equation modelling
  • Confirmatory factor analysis
  • Multidimensional scaling and cluster analysis
  • Meta-analysis

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • On completion of this module, students will acquire knowledge and understanding of:
  • A range of advanced statistical tests used in psychology and the behavioural sciences
  • The assumptions and limitations of the statistical techniques covered
  • The advantages and limitations of using different statistical software (e.g., SPSS, R, JASP)
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Use and apply a range of advanced statistical techniques used in psychology and the behavioural sciences
  • Effectively use statistical applications software (e.g., SPSS, R, JASP)
  • Analyse data accurately
  • Interpret data appropriately
Key Skills:
  • Students will also develop some important key skills, suitable for underpinning study at this and subsequent levels, such as:
  • Implement general IT and research skills
  • Manage their own time and resources
  • Work to deadlines and within defined parameters

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

  • The weekly workshops will be taught in a computer laboratory and will usually include a 1-2 hour lecture which will outline the key statistical methods and concepts, how they can be used in psychology and the behavioural sciences, and their appropriate interpretation followed by practical activities in which students will undertake practical data analysis exercises using statistical software.
  • The summative assessment will take the form of a 2 hour examination which will require students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of advanced statistics by carrying out analyses of pre-specified secondary quantitative data-sets and writing up their results and interpretation in the form of short answer questions.
  • The formative assessment provides students with an opportunity to perform, write up and obtain feedback on a series of analyses of pre-specified secondary data sets.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Workshops 11 1 per week 3 hours 33
Preparation and Reading 117
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Examination 2 hours 100% Yes

Formative Assessment:

The formative assessment will be undertaken in class and feedback will be provided. Students will be set short-answer questions which might include being provided with secondary quantitative data sets to analyse and interpret. The questions set for the formative assignment will follow a similar format as the examination and is designed to familiarise students with the requirements and expectations.

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