Module code: PSYM026

Module provider


Module Leader

GENTLE JM Dr (Psychology)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAM (1.5 HOUR ESSAY BASED) 50
Coursework COURSEWORK - ESSAY 50

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module provides students with advanced knowledge and understanding of some current methods and concepts in experimental psychology.





Module aims

Introduce students to a variety of approaches to experiments in psychology

Discuss the design of experiments and how to analyse them

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Critically assess experimental research methods and findings KCPT
2 Formulate your own research designs to address research questions relevant to the lecture topics KCPT
3 Discuss experimental research in cognitive, developmental and social psychology KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Higher Order Cognition


Experimental Methods for Infant Research

The Eye Tracker Technique

Using Atypical Populations in Psychological Research

Experimental Social Psychology

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Help you develop knowledge in the area of experimental approaches in psychology.
Help you learn to evaluate experimental work
Help you to use your knowledge of experimental approaches to design your own studies

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures (11 weeks, 2 hours each week)
In-class discussion and learning exercises
Lab visit

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

The ability to critically assess research methods and findings
The ability to formulate their own research designs to address research questions relevant to the lecture topics
Knowledge of experimental work in cognitive, developmental and social psychology

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

A 1,600 word summary and critical review of an experimental psychology paper (assessing learning outcomes 1, & 3)
A 1.5 hr essay based exam (assessing learning outcomes 1, 2, & 3)

Formative assessment

Students will complete a 1,600 word summary and critical review of an experimental psychology paper of their own choosing.


Students will receive written feedback on their 1,600 word summary and critical review.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Environmental Psychology MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.