PSY10100 Research Methods & Stats I

Academic Year 2019/2020

Research methods are central to the undergraduate curriculum in many subjects and disciplines. This module introduces students to the basic principles underpining research enquiry in psychology. Students will learn about commonly used quantitative and qualitative methodologies and designs. In addition, the module introduces students to basic descriptive statistics, for example levels of measurement, properties of the normal curve, measures of central tendency and variation and correlation. Students should note that a key feature of this module is attendence and participation in classroom discussion and skills-based activities related to the learning outcomes.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and goals of different types of psychological research.
2. Identify and critique the principles of Independent Group Designs and Within Subject Designs.
3. Identify and critique the principles of specific qualitative research designs.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the properties of a normal curve, central tendency and variation.
5. Demonstrate the abiliy to test for and interpretat the meaning of correlation in quantitative research.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lecture, in class discussion, small group work, practice examples, tutorials, interactive participation (e.g., Mentimeter), and peer learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Basic Analysis and Design (PSY20030)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Problem-based, short questions and MCQ 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Attendance: Participation portfolio related to in-class activities and tutorials. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Throughout the semester, mini-quizzes testing student learning through Mentimeter and in-class activities gives students feedback on their progress and areas for improvement. Summarised feedback for the class is also provided (e.g., APA style, examples of Qualitative Research, etc.) based on the portfolio activity.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Suzanne Guerin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Emmet Feerick Tutor
Miss Daraine Murphy Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Wed 13:00 - 13:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 22, 24, 26, 29, 31, 33 Mon 15:00 - 15:50
Tutorial Offering 2 Week(s) - 22, 24, 26, 29, 31, 33 Tues 16:00 - 16:50
Tutorial Offering 3 Week(s) - 22, 24, 26, 29, 31, 33 Wed 15:00 - 15:50
Tutorial Offering 4 Week(s) - 22, 24, 26, 29, 31, 33 Mon 16:00 - 16:50
Tutorial Offering 5 Week(s) - 22, 24, 26, 29, 31, 34 Fri 12:00 - 12:50