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Research Design & Statistics - PSY00019M

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  • Department: Psychology
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Antony Morland
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2022-23

Module aims

The course as a whole is an advanced 'refresher' course. It assumes a basic knowledge of statistics and experimental design, but starts from first principles. In this sense no common background is assumed. By the end of the course, you will be proficient in the more common univariate statistical techniques used in experimental psychology, and for those techniques that we are unable to cover in detail, you will develop the confidence to find out about them through reading those parts of the Andy Field's book "Discovering Statistics Using SPSS" which won't be covered on the course

Module learning outcomes

After completing this module students should be able to:

  • understand the basic statistical theory underlying statistical inference and statistical models
  • understand a range of research designs
  • carry out relevant statistical tests using SPSS
  • interpret empirical data

Module content

  • Introduction to Statistical models
  • Confidence Intervals and Logic Of Hypothesis Testing
  • Bivariate Correlation and Regression
  • Multiple Regression
  • Comparing Two or Several Means
  • Factorial Independent ANOVA & ANCOVA
  • Within-Subject/Repeated Measures ANOVA and Mixed Model ANOVA
  • Categorical Data and Nonparametric Statistics


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Research Design & Statistics
2 hours 80
Coursework - extensions not feasible/practicable
Practical Report
N/A 20

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Research Design & Statistics
2 hours 80

Module feedback

The marks on all assessed work will be provided on e-vision.

Indicative reading

  • A. Field (2009): Discovering Statistics Using SPSS. 3rd Edition. Sage. (4th Edition came out in 2013 and if you have a choice, get the 4th Edition. But there's not a huge difference).

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