Programme Specification: Part IB Experimental Psychology
This course is taught by the Department of Psychology.
- to introduce students to a broad range of the key topics in experimental psychology and to provide the opportunity to learn about experimental procedures in experimental psychology through practical classes
- to prepare students for the NST Part II course in Psychology
At the end of the course, students should possess:
- skills of arguing towards theoretical conclusions about mental processes from empirical evidence and a knowledge base from which to argue
- an appreciation of the principles of behavioural experimentation, acquired through participation in practical classes (and from videos and films)
- skills of scientific reporting, developed through writing practical reports
- an thorough understanding of experimental methodology, design and statistical analysis
Teaching and Learning Methods
These include lectures, practical classes and supervisions.
Assessment for this course is through:
- two unseen three-hour written examinations, and a written practical examination of 90 minutes (for aims 1 and 2 and learning outcomes 1, 2 and 4)
- submission of five practical reports of work conducted in practical classes (for aims 1 and 2 and learning outcome 3). For each practical report either not received or judged to be unsatisfactory, one-and-a-half percentage marks will be subtracted from the total marks gained in the written papers.
Courses of Preparation