Postgraduate Course: Psychological Research Methods: Data Management and Analysis (CLPS11056)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This option is a core course for the MSc in Psychology of Mental Health (Conversion). It focuses on data analysis. The course will be assessed through a qualitative task and a quantitative task, designed to reveal qualitative analytical skills, statistical skills and understanding of the appropriateness of statistical techniques for different types of data.
This course will be structured around ten workshops comprised of lectures and practical sessions, online activities and supportive materials. It will familiarise students with both quantitative and qualitative analysis, mainly focusing on handling and analysis of quantitative data using SPSS. Both parametric and non-parametric statistics will be covered. The practical sessions will allow students to practise conducting analysis using SPSS (statistics package)
The course is a core component of the MSc Psychology of Mental Health (Conversion) and is not open to students from other programmes.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1.5,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 13.5,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||There will be three assessments for this course.
First, a formative assessment will take place in the last session of the first semester. This will require the students to enter data into SPSS and complete simple analyses learned so far
There will be two summative assessments for the course:
i) A group report using qualitative analysis (30%).
ii) A structured report using quantitative analyses (70%).
||The feedback and marks for this course are returned via the Turnitin online submission system.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the different levels of measurement (including the difference between parametric and non-parametric data), difference between one and two tailed hypotheses and measures of central tendency.
- Enter data into SPSS, screen data for errors and perform visual and statistical inspection of distributions and transform data.
- Know which statistical tests are most commonly used for answering questions about between and within group differences and relationships between variables, for different levels of measurement.
- Conduct statistical analyses to answer questions about differences and relationships between variables, including testing of assumptions, interpretation of the output and post-hoc analyses (using SPSS).
|Field, A. (2017). Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS statistics. (5th ed.). Sage. |
Pallant, J. (2020). SPSS survival manual: A step by step guide to data analysis using IBM SPSS. Routledge.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Develop your research knowledge that will enable you to discuss, share, present and analyse data and information in various formats and from a range of sources
Develop your research methods and data analysis skills
Develop your critical reflection and writing skills
|Course organiser||Dr Melina Kyranides
Tel: (0131 6)51 5148
|Course secretary||Ms Sarah Paquette
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969