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Advanced Research Methods (MSci) - PSY00034H

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  • Department: Psychology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Daniel Baker
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Term 2021-22

Module aims

Numerical and analytic skills are highly prized by employers, and provide graduates with a competitive edge in the job market, or when applying for future courses of study. This module will introduce a range of modern analysis techniques used in both academic and commercial domains. Concepts will be taught with reference to real examples and controversies, and practical sessions will give students hands on experience of implementing the techniques. Former students have gone on to varied and interesting careers in analytical roles, including working for the Government Statistical Service and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Module learning outcomes

  • Give an overview of each data analysis method, including the key underlying theoretical assumptions
  • Compare analysis techniques and select an appropriate method for a given data set or experimental design
  • Design studies to take advantage of advanced analysis techniques
  • Implement some data analysis techniques in R (a software environment used for statistics)

Module content

  • Introduction to R
  • Meta-analysis and systematic reviews
  • Stochastic methods (bootstrapping)
  • Nonlinear curve fitting and optimization
  • Structural equation modelling
  • Multivariate Pattern Analysis
  • Fourier analysis
  • Bayesian statistics


Task Length % of module mark
VLE-based homework assignments
N/A 40
Online Exam
Advanced Research Methods
N/A 60

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
VLE-based homework assignments
N/A 40
Online Exam
Advanced Research Methods
N/A 60

Module feedback

Correct answers to (formative) homework assignments will be provided on the VLE following submission.

Written feedback on up to two formative practice essays will be provided for each student.

Indicative reading

There are no key texts for this module.

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