C84QNT Quantitative Methods
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)
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.
|Full Year ||Assessed by end of Spring Semester |
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:
- Formulating the study question; correlational vs experimental methods; within-subjects vs between-subjects designs; testing longitudinal effects; confounds; control conditions.
- 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.
- Refining the study design; statistical power, sampling, randomisation, blinding, pre-and post-tests, test-retest reliability, inter-rater reliability, correction for multiple hypotheses.
- 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.
- Advanced techniques and software including Multi-Level Modelling;Meta analysis;Factor Analysis; Path Analysis
Method and Frequency of Class:
|Activity||Number Of Weeks||Number of sessions||Duration of a session|
|Seminar ||12 weeks||1 per week||2 hours |
|Workshop ||7 weeks||1 per week||4 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:
|Exam 1 ||30 ||Rogo exam: MCQ |
|Coursework 1 ||0 ||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) |
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.
- Acquired a working knowledge of models & approaches in mental health and applied psychology research.
- Acquired a working knowledge of research methods in mental health and applied psychology research.
- Developed the ability to critically appraise various research methodologies in the field of mental health and applied psychology.
- Developed an ability to present research findings in the field of mental health and applied psychology in written format.
- Developed scientific thinking skills to enable the appraisal of research in the field of mental health and applied psychology.
- Developed scientific thinking skills to enable the formulation of research in the field of mental health and applied psychology.
Offering School: Medicine
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