20 credits at level HE4
1. To give a basic understanding of empirical research and analysis in psychology.
2. To introduce a range of basic quantitative and qualitative techniques.
3. To introduce basic techniques for the analysis, interpretation, and reporting of psychological data.
BLOCK 1. Introduction to design, statistics, and hypothesis testing. Observation practical, statistics and graphs packages.
BLOCK 2. Designs and tests involving differences between two conditions. Experimental practical, experiment generator package.
BLOCK 3. Designs, tests, and studies using correlational strategies.
BLOCK 4. Approaches, philosophies, and procedures involving qualitative work.
BLOCKS 5 and 6. Investigations with several conditions, self-designed studies.
For most full-time students the module runs in six fortnightly blocks spread over two semesters, interspersed with related aspects of the Learning to Learn module. Similar fortnightly blocks operate within the constraints of evening-class timetabling and single semester occurences. Each block enables the theoretical and practical treatment of cognate design topics and their reporting and feedback. The typical pattern each week for a student is a 1 ˝ hour lecture, followed by a 1˝ hour interactive seminar or workshop in smaller groups (of about 15). These give experience of, practice in, and test the understanding of, topics and procedures in the lecture. These smaller groups remain the same for 3-hour practical classes, which cover topics to be investigated using the procedures introduced in the preceding lectures and workshops. There are additional 1˝ hour in-class methods tests at the end of each semester (informal and formative at the end of Semester 1, formal and summative at the end of Semester 2).
Learning outcomes 1 and 2 are assessed by an unseen open-book exam and a folder of practical reports. The open book exam is especially relevant to knowledge of design and analysis and the practical portfolio demonstrates the use of research designs and analysis. Learning outcome 3 is assessed by reports of a variety of types of practical work. Individual development is further monitored by the requirement to take part in all practical exercises, and choose and carry out statistical procedures in small group workshops. Learning outcomes 4,5 and 6 will be assessed by reports of a variety of research methods (observation, experimental, correlational, qualitative, and self-designed work) which will involve the use of subject-specific experiment generator, analysis and presentation packages and require explicit consideration of ethical issues. Learning outcomes 7 and 8 are integral elements of the formal assessments of the course.
Module time allocations are:
Class contact: 72 hours.
Time Limited Assessment: 3 hours.
Private study: 125 hours (including 75 hours for preparation of coursework)
TOTAL 200 hours.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical principles of research design and analysis.
identify and justify relevant research methodology and analyses, including design, statistical principles, and use of descriptive and inferential procedures.
|2.||understand, choose and carry out quantitative and qualitative techniques.
distinguish between quantitative and qualitative
|3.||appreciate the steps in problem identification and
hypothesis testing involved in psychological research.
progress from understanding a formally presented practical to carrying out a self-designed investigation.
|4.||collect, analyse, and interpret data leading to a report, including reference to background literature.
||produce reports in a suitable format|
|5.||use key quantitative and qualitative research methods in undertaking research and use a variety of analyses to test hypotheses.
carry out data analysis, computation of statistical
tests and use analysis and presentation packages
|6.||demonstrate an understanding of basic ethical principles.
||show explicit consideration of ethical issues.|
|7.||demonstrate a variety of numeracy and ICT skills.||
use analysis, word processing and presentation
packages; do accurate calculations and use statistical calculators.
|8.||demonstrate written and verbal communication skills.
produce clear, fluent structured reports with
effective use of Tables and Figures.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Practical Coursework||Open-book examination|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Banister, P., Burman, E., Parker, I., Taylor, M., & Tindhall, C. (1994) Qualitative methods in psychology: A researcher’s guide. Buckingham: Open University Press.
Clegg, F. (1982) Simple statistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Collinson, D., Kirkup, G., & Kyd, R. (1992) Plain English. (2nd ed.) Buckingham: Open University Press.
* Coolican, H. (1999). Research methods and statistics in psychology (3rd ed..). London: Hodder and Stoughton.
Greene, J., & D’Oliveira, M. (1999). Learning to use statistical tests in psychology (2nd ed.). Buckingham: Open University Press.
Harris, P. (2002). Designing and Reporting Experiments in Psychology. Buckingham: Open University Press.
McQueen, R.A., & Knussen, C. (1999). Research methods in psychology. Hemel Hempstead: Prentice Hall Europe.
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|Host Subject Group:||Psychology and Life Sciences|
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