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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Computer Applications in Psychology Research
Module Code PSYC303
School 37
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Sinead Smyth
Semester 2: Sinead Smyth
Autumn: Sinead Smyth
Module TeachersSinead Smyth
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

Module Aims: To introduce students to experiment generating software commonly used in computerised experimental psychology. To enable students to produce a simple computerised experiment. To introduce students to an online survey platform including the creation of surveys, collection and exportation of data. To introduce students to technology used in psychology research.

Learning Outcomes

1. Recognise the importance of technology and computer skills in a variety of experimental psychology research designs.
2. Demonstrate the basic skills necessary to generate computerised experiments using experiment generating software commonly used by psychologists.
3. Design a brief computerised experiment.
4. Programme and/or generate a simple computerised experiment capable of collecting data.
5. Demonstrate the basic skills needed to create an online survey, recognising good design and user interface requirements.
6. Export data produced by experimental programmes and online surveys and import into data analysis packages.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture12Formal Lectures
Directed learning24Specified skills-based practical activities
Independent Study89Theoretical and Practical
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Basic skills in experiment generating software

An introduction to a programming language

Keywords and syntax of the chosen programming language

Data collection and exportation from computerised experimental procedures

Key issues in computerised experimentation such as randomisation, use of picture, audio and verbal stimuli will be interspersed throughout

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentComputing project - demonstrating competency in experimental design and programme implementation. The Project will include: 1. A proposal. 2. A working programme. 3. A written report.70%n/a
AssignmentIn-unity Test 2: Short written questions and design and execution of a brief online survey using "Qualtrics" software.30%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

    SuperLab and Qualtrics software available in the Psychology Laboratory Skills Lab (HG50). Recommendations Readings and Guide Books will be provided in class.
    Programme or List of Programmes
    BPYBSc (Honours) in Psychology

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