Year of entry: 2024

## Course unit details:Research Methods and Statistics

Unit code PCHN60170 15 FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree Full year No

### Overview

• Nature of Research; presenting research findings and reviewing research
• Types of studies, methods of sampling and ethics
• Exploratory Data Analysis
• Sampling and the bases of hypothesis testing
• Significance Testing
• ANOVA
• Measures of Association – correlation and regression
• Non-Parametric Tests
• Power analysis and summary of statistical tests

### Aims

This unit aims to:

• Demystify and develop knowledge of research methods and statistics;
• Develop confidence in carrying out research;
• Help students design and plan a dissertation;
• Provide students with the skills to critically evaluate the methodology of others’ research.

### Teaching and learning methods

• Lectures with hands-on use of SPSS statistical package.
• Directed study with SPSS.

### Knowledge and understanding

• Understand the nature of research.
• Critically review the methodology of scientific articles.
• Formulate precise research questions.
• Understand the issues involved in planning research such as bias, sampling etc.
• Summarise data numerically and prepare informative graphs.
• Understand the use of statistics in terms of prediction and inference.
• Understand a range of approaches to statistical models of data, and how to assess the goodness of fit of these models.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of different statistical tests.

### Transferable skills and personal qualities

• Ability to critically review the methodology of scientific papers.
• Understanding of statistical principles and their appropriate application to different sorts of data.
• Familiarity with SPSS.
• Enhanced critical thinking, project planning, numeracy, the use of IT, and scientific report-writing.

### Assessment methods

• 1,500-word assignment - 60%.
• 1000- word assignment - 20%
• Weekly Online Quizzes - 20%

### Feedback methods

Written Feedback

Essential:

• Field, A. (2009). Discovering Statistics using SPSS. 3 Ed. London: Sage Publications.
• Kinnear, PR and Gray, CD (2008) SPSS 16 Made Simple: Psychology Press.
• Recommended:
• Norman, G.R. & Streiner, D.L. (2008) Biostatistics - the Bare Essentials. 3 Ed. BC Decker.
• Greenhalgh T. (2006). How to read a paper. The basics of evidence based medicine. 3rd Edition London: BMJ Publishing group.
• Siegel, S., and Castellan, N. J. (1988). Nonparametric Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

### Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 35
Independent study hours
Independent study 115

### Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Garreth Prendergast Unit coordinator