# DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2022/2023

### DRAFT EDITION: to be published 26/Apr/2022 Timetable information in the Course Catalogue may be subject to change.

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# Undergraduate Course: Research Methods and Statistics (PPLS08001)

 School School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences College College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) Availability Not available to visiting students SCQF Credits 20 ECTS Credits 10 Summary This course will provide an introduction to statistical methodology, with a focus on teaching the fundamental principles of probability and statistical inference. After providing this grounding, the course will move on to teach basic statistical procedures (chi-square, t-tests, correlation and simple linear models), whilst introducing students to the open source statistical program R. Course description This course will provide an introduction to statistical methodology, with a focus on teaching the fundamental principles of probability and statistical inference. After providing this grounding, the course will move on to teach basic statistical procedures (chi-square, t-tests, correlation and simple linear models), whilst introducing students to the open source statistical program R. This course provides a thorough grounding in the basics of probability and statistical data analysis for psychologists. Importantly, the course focusses on statistical methods as a tool to answering research questions. The course combines large group lectures, practical lab sessions and small group tutorials to provide both the theoretical background to statistical procedures, and the practical skills to run and interpret analyses. The course will cover the basics of probability and probability distributions; fundamentals of statistical hypothesis testing; and core statistical tools including chi-square, t-tests, correlation and simple linear regression models. Practically, the course will develop studentÂ¿s ability to use Excel as a database manager, and introduce the basics of programming through the use of R statistical software. Thus, students will develop a suite of highly transferable knowledge and skills. Students will be encouraged to participate in group discussions in all aspects of the course, but especially in seminar group tasks. A primary aim of these sessions is to begin to build the requisite skills for independent problem solving. Regular homework exercises will provide a means of tracking student development and be a source of regular formative feedback.
 Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Psychology 1A (PSYL08009) AND Psychology 1B (PSYL08010)) OR Informatics 1 - Cognitive Science (INFR08020) Co-requisites Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is compulsory for students wishing to enter Honours in Psychology. Other interested students wishing to enrol on this course without having met the pre requisite, particularly those on the MA and BSc Cognitive Science degrees, can seek approval from the course organiser.
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 On completion of this course, the student will be able to: Understand basic probability, the use of probability distributions, sampling and the fundamentals of hypothesis testingUnderstand, apply and interpret the different forms of t-tests and correlation coefficients.Understand the basics of the linear model with a single binary or continuous predictor.Understand the statistical assumptions of the above referenced statistical tests, and when each test should be used to answer different types of research questions.Develop practical analytic skills in excel (database management) and of the R statistical package to be able to describe and plot different types of data (e.g. categorical, continuous etc.), and to run and interpret the above statistical tests in R.
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 Course organiser Dr Alex Doumas Tel: (0131 6)51 1328 Email: Alex.Doumas@ed.ac.uk Course secretary Ms Alex MacAndrew Tel: (0131 6)51 3733 Email: alexandra.macandrew@ed.ac.uk
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