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Psychology and Statistics

BSc Hons (Full Time)

UCAS Code:CG83
Minimum Length:3 Year(s)
Credit Points:360
Part II Weight:8
Part II Year 2 Weight:4
Part II Year 3 Weight:4
Part II Year 4 Weight:0
Director of Studies:Professor AG Chetwynd

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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Educational Aims



A necessary aim of the Lancaster degree programme is to provide knowledge of psychology that goes beyond the depth and breadth of the Qualifying Examination (QE) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). The accreditation of psychology degrees by the BPS is based upon a comparison of the degree scheme with the Societys QE syllabus (see Regulations and Reading Lists for the QE 2002. BPS: Leicester). This syllabus outlines necessary knowledge and skills in core areas of psychology. Degrees are accredited as providing the Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) as a Chartered Psychologist and any student wishing to continue training as a Chartered Psychologist requires GBR.


Further Educational Aims:

  to give students the opportunity to develop the necessary academic and practical skills to allow them to progress to postgraduate study in psychology.

  to encourage students to adopt a critical approach to the subject of psychology.

  to enable students to appreciate the wider context of their specialist knowledge and methodology and the potential applications of their knowledge and skills in their future employment.

  to encourage the development of transferable skills including the ability to learn independently, understand complex problems and communicate what has been learned to others.



The Department's educational aims are:

  • To create a teaching and learning environment which supports all students in reaching their full potential in their study of mathematics at BSc level;
  • To offer a high-quality teaching and learning programme, informed by staff research, designed to train students in preparation for a wide range of postgraduate education and employment.


The aims of the BSc Statistics programme are:

  • To provide students with analytical techniques and problem-solving skills that can be applied in many types of employment, especially those involving logical skills, decision-making in complex circumstances, or advanced skills of numeracy;
  • To offer modules of study which, individually and collectively, enable students to appreciate both the theoretical and problem-solving aspects of mathematics;
  • To provide students with enough core material, of sufficient depth and variety, in the first two levels of study that they are adequately prepared and informed for subsequent study in either or both of pure mathematics and statistics;
  • To provide a programme of study that allows students to specialise in statistics at the third level of study of a BSc;
  • To maintain a programme of study that introduces the background of current research in statistics and provides the core supporting pure mathematical skills;
  • To produce alumni recognised for the distinctive value of their education on this programme.


Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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Intended Learning Outcomes



Knowledge and Understanding of:

  • Concepts and research methods in Cognitive Psychology.
  • The theory, methods and key empirical findings of Physiological Psychology.
  • An advanced understanding of some of the key topics in Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology.
  • Theory and research in a number of core areas of Social Psychology.
  • Current theoretical issues and research findings in Developmental Psychology.
  • An awareness of key Conceptual issues in psychology and the history of psychology.
  • Basic techniques of psychological research methodology and the statistical analysis of data collected in psychological research.


Intellectual Skills able to:

  • Obtain, synthesise and critically evaluate information.
  • Interpret and evaluate psychological reports.
  • Analyse and interpret psychological data using a range of techniques.
  • Plan, conduct, analyse and report a substantial investigation.
  • Apply psychological principles and methodologies to seek the solution of problems.


Practical skills able to:

  • Use appropriate statistical packages to analyse data collected in psychological investigations.
  • Report investigations in conventional professional formats.
  • Use appropriate computer packages and other equipment for the control of psychological investigations.
  • Retrieve information from bibliographic sources.


Transferable skills able to:

          Use information technology to present reports.

          Use information technology to find relevant information.

          Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills

          design and prepare projects

          Work independently or as part of a team developing skills of group participation.

          assess the relevance and importance of the ideas of others.

          Manage time effectively and work to deadlines.



Subject-specific Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

On completing the programme students should have acquired:


A1. An understanding of and competence in the key ideas and techniques, and knowledge of the statement and proof of key results, both within the core areas of real and complex analysis, linear and abstract algebra, and probability and statistics, and in the more advanced topics chosen in the third level of study;

A2. An appreciation of the hierarchical structure of mathematical knowledge;

A3. An understanding of mathematical notation, and an ability to use it correctly and coherently;

A4. An appreciation of the importance of proof, generalization and abstraction in the logical development of formal theories;

A5. An ability both to follow and correctly to construct mathematical proofs of appropriate degrees of complexity;

A6. An understanding of the mathematical and contextual basis of statistics as a science, and an appreciation of the statistical paradigm, linking design and conduct of experiments and observations with data analysis, modelling and inference;

A7. Experience of implementing the statistical paradigm in a range of general applications;

A8. An ability to read and comprehend mathematical literature at an appropriate level;

A9. An ability to use computers and specialist software to investigate and solve practical mathematical problems.


General Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

On completing the programme students should have acquired:


B1. An ability to learn from various styles of presentation of material;

B2. An ability to apply previously-acquired knowledge to new situations, both to gain understanding and to solve problems;

B3. An ability to use information skills to gain access to library and IT resources effectively in researching topics;

B4. An ability to produce documents which accurately and effectively communicate scientific material to the reader;

B5. An ability to make presentations based on prepared material;

B6. An ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a small group;

B7. An ability to work to deadlines, and experience in time management when working to a range of deadlines.




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