PY0304 - Collecting & Managing Data

What will I learn on this module?

On this module you will learn basic techniques for collecting and managing different types of data. You will learn to differentiate between qualitative and quantitative data and to understand how these types of data are used by psychologists. In taught sessions, you will gain practical experience of collecting both qualitative and quantitative data (e.g., through interviews, questionnaires and experiments). You will then learn how to collate and describe these data by identifying themes or calculating appropriate summary statistics, using appropriate software where appropriate. Towards the end of the module you will be introduced to the concept of inferential statistics, which allow us to make inferences about the wider population based on data from a sample of that population.

How will I learn on this module?

On this module you will learn by engaging in interactive seminars which focus on problem-based learning, along with directed study and independent study. The interactive seminars will typically involve a tutor-led discussion of data collection and management techniques, where you will be introduced to key concepts, and a task or problem to work on (either individually or working in a group). This interactive style of teaching is designed to ensure deep learning of material, as well as development and practice of the academic skills necessary to pursue a degree in psychology. Tutorials will be available to provide you with an opportunity to discuss topics with a member of the module staff.

You will also be encouraged to engage in directed reading between sessions. The module will employ technology enhanced learning tools such as the eLearning Portal (an online application where you can access information about your programme and modules), data management software and electronic reading lists.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported academically by your module tutor who will make a variety of resources available for you. The materials used in the taught sessions will be available to you via the eLearning Portal. These materials will include the PowerPoint slides, workshop materials and links to further reading. There will also be a variety of other resources available on the eLearning Portal that will support your studies. Discussion boards will also be available to you, allowing you to post questions and queries for other students and staff members to answer, this will enhance peer-support and collegiality. You will also be able to access recordings of some sessions via the eLearning Portal. Tutorials with staff can provide an opportunity for students to discuss issues related to the module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

• KU1: You will be expected to demonstrate understanding of basic methods of collecting, collating and summarising both qualitative and quantitative data.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• IPSA1: You will develop a basic competence in selecting appropriate data collection techniques and in selecting appropriate ways of summarising data

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• PVA1: Develop the characteristics of a Northumbria psychology graduate, as you develop your empirical knowledge

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment
There will be the opportunity to complete an in in-class mock exam.

Summative Assessment
You will complete a two-hour unseen short answer examination, which will assess your understanding of qualitative and quantitative data collection and management techniques (100% KU1; IPSA1; PVA1)

Feedback on the formative mock-exam will be given verbally by a member of the lab team, who will discuss strengths and areas of weakness.

Written feedback and model answers will be provided for the summative examination, along with a report on common issues and methods for improvement





Module abstract

This module will provide you with knowledge and practical experience of collecting and managing the types of data that are typically used by psychologists (e.g., data from interviews, questionnaires and experiments). You will learn why psychologists need such data and gain practical experience of collecting and summarising your own data.

You will learn by engaging in interactive seminars which will give you the chance to collect both qualitative and quantitative data. You will then learn how to summarise those data by identifying themes or calculating appropriate summary statistics.
You will be supported in a variety of ways, with dedicated lab tutors supervising your practical work and e-learning resources to allow you to tailor the level of support to suit your development needs. Group work during seminars will encourage the development of your interpersonal skills.

Course info

UCAS Code C801

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year Full Time followed by a further 3 year or 4 years full-time study

Department Psychology

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

Fee Information

Module Information

All information is accurate at the time of sharing. 

Full time Courses are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but could include elements of online learning. Most courses run as planned and as promoted on our website and via our marketing materials, but if there are any substantial changes (as determined by the Competition and Markets Authority) to a course or there is the potential that course may be withdrawn, we will notify all affected applicants as soon as possible with advice and guidance regarding their options. It is also important to be aware that optional modules listed on course pages may be subject to change depending on uptake numbers each year.  

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with possible restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors if this is deemed necessary in future.


Useful Links

Find out about our distinctive approach at

Admissions Terms and Conditions

Fees and Funding

Admissions Policy

Admissions Complaints Policy