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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PS.111 STATS
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: HOGH HP Dr (Psychology)
Number of credits: 30 Number of ECTS credits: 15
Module Availability

Runs throughout the academic year.
NB. Attendance at statistics workshops is a course requirement. Failure to attend without good cause may results in course failure. Registers may be taken at times during the year.

Assessment Pattern
Units of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)  
Concepts Test
60-minute unseen paper: 50 MCQ questions (Dec)
Test selection and interpretation test
60-minute unseen test selection and interpretation exam based on research scenarios and SPSS output(May)
Module Overview

This module provides instruction in the principles and procedures of scientific method and statistical analysis. Practical experience will be provided by means of classroom projects and through computer-based demonstrations and exercises. The module will interrelate with topics covered in the practical classes performed as part of module PSY1007. Conversely, the statistics needed for practical classes will be covered in the lecture/work-session units of this module.


All other Level 1 Psychology modules are co-requisites. This module is complementary to module PSY1007.

Module Aims

There are two main aims of the module.  The first is to provide a good grounding in understanding statistical concepts.  The second aim is to encourage a good understanding of basic statistical tests, when to use them, how to compute them using SPSS and how to report the findings.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module it is expected that you will be able to:

  • understand funda mental statistical concepts such as variance and the normal distribution
  • use descriptive statistics to effectively explore psychological data
  • understand how inferential statistics work
  • compute statistical tests using SPSS
  • report the results of statistical tests accurately
  • make conclusions about a psychological investigation based on the statistical analysis 
Module Content

The topics covered include:

* Variables and levels of measure ment

* Descriptive Statistics

* Distributions

* Significance Testing

* Parametric and non-para metric tests of difference

* Correlation and regression
* Test selection

Methods of Teaching/Learning

This module will take a non-mathematical approach to understanding statistics - you do not need to be good at maths.  The module will also take an active approach to learning statistics.  Each week you will have a 1 hr session which will either be a lecture or a workshop.  In the lectures you will be introduced to statistical concepts and tests.  In the workshops you will analyse psychological data sets using ‘SPSS’.  During these workshops a team of teaching assistants will be at hand to help you with any statistical queries you may have. 

Selected Texts/Journals

Essential Reading 

Field,A. (2009). Discovering Statistics Using SPSS. (3rd ed).London: Sage.

Dancey, C.P. & Reidy, J. (2009).  Statistics Without Maths for Psychology (4th Ed.).  Pearson Prentice Hall: Essex

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