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Practical Skills in Experimental, Cognitive & Social Psychology - PSY00077M

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  • Department: Psychology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Philip Quinlan
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

The aim of this module is to give students hands-on experience with programming and data management skills. Students will learn to translate a phenomenon of interest into an appropriate experimental paradigm. Further, they will learn the practicalities of how to run an experimental paradigm in a lab setting, i.e., how to present stimuli on a computer monitor, how to acquire behavioural responses from human participants using the computer, and how to model human cognition/behaviour using computer technology. In addition, students will learn how to manipulate complex data they acquire using software packages that are widely used in research laboratories around the world.

Module learning outcomes

Subject Content

  • The course will predominantly provide an introduction to programming
  • Students will start by exploring basic programming concepts in Excel and many of the advanced features in Excel will be examined
  • Basic instruction in Python follows leading up to instruction in using the PsychoPy package to configure an experiment

Learning Outcomes

  • Become conversant with basic programming in Excel
  • Become adept at using advanced features of Excel
  • Basic programming skills in Python
  • Using PsychoPy
  • Appreciate and apply modern programming techniques
  • Attain a solid understanding of how to program

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
24 hour open exam
Practical Skills in Experimental, Cognitive & Social Psychology
N/A 30
Essay/coursework
Lab Portfolio
N/A 60
Essay/coursework
Poster
N/A 10

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
24 hour open exam
Practical Skills in Experimental, Cognitive & Social Psychology
N/A 30
Essay/coursework
Lab Portfolio
N/A 60
Essay/coursework
Poster
N/A 10

Module feedback

Marks will be available through e:vision.

These marks will be accompanied by module feedback forms which will be circulated by e-mail.  In addition, individualised feedback will be provided on the lab portfolio and poster.

Indicative reading

Although the internet can provide all the key information, a useful introductory reference is:

Dawson, M. (2010). Python Programming for the absolute beginner (3rd edition). Boston MA: Cengage Learning..



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