PL2131 (Sem 2, AY2013/14)

By: Anonymous
Module taken in Sem 2 AY2013/14
Research and Statistical Methods I

Professor: Stephen Lim

Professor Review: Stephen lim’s a really engaging lecturer, and he can be very thorough at parts that he knows most students are confused about. but there are also some parts he briefly touches on (and for that you’ve to read the textbook).
He constantly stresses that the textbook is just a supplemental material and that only his lecture materials are examinable, which makes the module very relaxing.

Module Review: It took a bit of time for me to grasp the concepts, we couldn’t really just memorize the info. and i thought i screwed up my finals (ok i guess i did kind of) because i spent too much time in the first section (theory part) and should have moved on to the calculating section when it was time to. ;_ ;
In the end i couldn’t finish the paper (probably a lot of others couldn’t as well).
But i’m really glad i took this module under him! he made it easier to understand and as relaxing as it possibly could have been.
I hate how the past year papers don’t have answers though 😥


Rating – 1 being least and 5 being most.

Difficulty in understanding: 3/5
Workload: 2/5
Self-study time: 4/5

Grade: B+


PL2131 (Sem 1, AY2010/11)

By: Alan
Module taken in Sem 1 AY2010/11
Research and Statistical Methods I

*It is important to note that I heard this module varies GREATLY for Sem1 and Sem2 due to different lectureres. So, take these comments with a pinch of salt.*

What is it about?: Hypothesis testing, z tests, t tests, chisquare tests, correlation, regression, effect size, power.
I think I have just summed up all you need to study for your exams.
This module is an introduction to several tests used in psychology and how to obtain your results.

How’s the workload?: Two textbooks, though you won’t cover every chapter. Readings aren’t very long, and are filled with examples to help you understand the concepts.
2 assignments (1 week deadline to complete for each), 1 closed book mid term mcq test, 1 open book finals (short answer questions)
one 2h lecture weekly, one 2hr tutorial fortnightly

How difficult is it?: This module is very concepts-based. Memorization is NOT the focus for this module – it is much more important to understand the concepts and when to use which formula.
Mid terms may require a little memory since it is closed book, but it’s not very content heavy, just several key concepts which once you understand they won’t be difficult to remember.
Finals are open book so it’s all about knowing your content well and applying your concepts well.
Contrary to popular belief, good mathematics knowledge is NOT required. As long as you know how to multiply, add, subtract and square root (and square) on a calculator, you will be fine. It’s also important to be able to recognize which formula to use for which situations.
Assignments are generally ok, though one of them may require an external program so will be a small hassle to download it and run it.
The most difficult thing of this module may be understanding the HK lecturer’s accent HAHA. 😦

Miscellaneous Tips: I will repeat this – understanding the concepts are very very important! It’s not about memorizing, but about applying the appropriate formula to the question. You should make a summary formula sheet for your finals for easy reference.

Should you take it?: Yes, if it’s Prof Mike teaching it. He sets really easy papers apparently (for my sem, the finals paper was almost identical to the paper 2 years ago -_- )
Not difficult at all, though the competition may be high as it has limited slots and it’s a prerequisite for psych majors.

Retrieved from Alan’s blog


PL2131 (Sem 1, AY2013/14)

By: Julene Ong
Module taken in Sem 1 AY2013/14
Research and Statistical Methods I

Another required module to major in Psych.

Assessment format:
2 assignments (20%)
Midterm test (30%)
Final exam (50%)
12 RP points to be completed

There were two textbooks for the module but we didn’t have to read the whole thing, just the chapters mentioned.
The things learnt are quite simple, just like A Level Maths.
Final exam is open book so there was more math calculations and applications rather than copying definitions.
You can check out this senior’s blog for a more comprehensive review because I hate maths so I don’t really feel like talking about it hahaha

Predicted grade: B

Actual grade:  B- (just managed to scrape through!! phewwww)
Retrieved from Julene’s blog

PL2131 (Sem 1, AY2014/15)

By: Lee Jia Ying Trena
Module taken in Sem 1 AY2014/15

What it is about: The other necessary Psychology mod for Psych majors (need at least a B-!). It’s basically the basics of statistics needed for Psychology experiments. You learn about the factors you need to consider when planning an experiment, how to analyse the data, and use programs such as SPSS.

Lecturer(/s): Dr. Lim Wee Hun Stephen!
He’s an incredibly good lecturer. From his lectures, you can tell that he really puts a lot of passion and heart into his teaching. His lectures are also funny and entertaining, and he tries his best to make sure that students understand the topics he’s teaching.

Tutorials: There’s not much to prepare for tutorials, but make sure you listen carefully and clarify if you don’t understand anything! The tutorials are used to teach us how to use SPSS, so do keep whatever materials they give you as well, because it’ll be important for the assignment. Otherwise, you’ll be scratching your head trying to remember what the steps are to do the assignment and how to use SPSS for it.

Workload/Examinations: This module was more of an understanding-kind of module. The content is relatively a lot lighter than PL1101E.
Mid-terms were MCQs, and Dr Lim let us bring a one-page cheat-sheet into the examination. This means the bell-curve gets even steeper. The finals were something similar to problem sums, where you’re given scenarios and then you have to apply your PL2131 knowledge to it. The finals were quite bad for me, since I didn’t put in enough effort in understanding the content. 😡

Other comments: Dr Lim’s a really good lecturer for this module, so try to take it under him. The bell-curve for this module is steep though, and from what I’ve seen from me and my friends, stats is either something you like, or that you dread but have to take because it’s an essential module for Psych majors.

My grade: B-