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C84QNT Quantitative Methods
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 20

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  MSc students in the School of Medicine (Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, Division of Rehabilitation and Aging). Also available to PhD students (PGT and PGR).  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

SemesterAssessment
Full Year Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  Through a series of lectures, practical workshops and assignments, the module will take students through the design, operationalization, data-collection, data analysis, and report-writing processes of a quantitative research study in mental health and applied psychology, covering the following topics:

  1. Formulating the study question; correlational vs experimental methods; within-subjects vs between-subjects designs; testing longitudinal effects; confounds; control conditions.
  2. Operationalisation: Measurement instruments; standardised tests and normed values (Standard Scores, Scaled scores, T scores); summary statistics, distributions (normal and non-normal), expressing the null hypothesis; the concept of falsification.
  3. Refining the study design; statistical power, sampling, randomisation, blinding, pre-and post-tests, test-retest reliability, inter-rater reliability, correction for multiple hypotheses.
  4. Data Analysis: General Linear Model including multiple regression analysis, and factorial ANOVA; concept of residuals; concept of model fitting and the meaning of a “p-value”; Parametric and Non-Parametric statistics: t, F, r and chi square; Control of Type I and Type II error; reporting effect sizes and interpreting null findings.
  5. Advanced techniques and software including Multi-Level Modelling;Meta analysis;Factor Analysis; Path Analysis

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Seminar 12 weeks1 per week2 hours
Workshop 7 weeks1 per week4 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 30 Rogo exam: MCQ 
Coursework 1 Set of assigned online exercises (must be completed to criterion standard) 
Coursework 2 35 Written report (max 1000 words) 
Coursework 3 35 Written study protocol (max 1000 words) 

Convenor: 
Dr E Liddle

Education Aims:  To equip students with a wide range of conceptual, methodological and statistical skills that will allow them to turn a research question in mental health or applied psychology into a rigorous quantitative study and to evaluate research literature that makes use of such techniques.

Learning Outcomes:  

Offering School:  Medicine


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