20 credits at level HE5
1. To consolidate prior training in research design and analysis.
2. To review quantitative and qualitative approaches to analysis, with specific reference to their domains of application.
3. To develop skills in conceptualisation, analysis and interpretation within the research process.
4. To develop students' skills in undertaking an independent, self-directed research project and critically reflecting upon their own progress, skills and personal development during this process.
Further considerations in quantitative research
Further considerations in qualitative research.
Stages of the research process.
Contextualisation of research problems, analysis techniques, and interpretations.
Use of library resources, literature searching skills.
Advanced analysis techniques ( multiple regression; further techniques in analysis of language).
Reflecting on personal development and skill acquisition.
This is a one-semester course, designed to build on skills acquired in earlier Methods courses and apply them in more complex settings, leading to a substantial self-designed research project which helps prepare the student for independent project work in the final stage of the degree. The module has 12 scheduled 3-hour slots, allocated as described below.
BLOCK 1 (5weeks) 5formal lecture sessions, covering further considerations in qualitative and quantitative research, literature searching and library skills, self-directed project management skills.
BLOCK 2 (5 weeks) 5 self-directed research project sessions, with tutors available for guidance and support on an individual/small group basis. Four supplementary (non-compulsory) workshops will be run during this period, covering further advanced analysis techniques which build upon those which students have encountered in previous Methods courses.
BLOCK 3 (2 weeks) 1 presentations preparation session and 1 presentations (assessment) session.
Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8 are assessed by coursework. Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 are assessed by the presentation.
Module time allocations are:
Scheduled sessions: 39hours (includes one 3-hour presentation assessment slot)
Private study 161hours
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 and understanding of the research process in psychology||
1a. Outline and discuss the formulation, implementation and analysis of a self-directed research project on a topic of psychological interest
1b. Select the correct answer, from a number of given alternatives, to a range of questions concerning key concepts, approaches and methods in psychological research
|2.||Demonstrate understanding and appreciation of how the formulation of a research question should be contextualised in relation to relevant conceptual and theoretical issues||Describe the results of an extensive literature review on a psychological topic, and the formulation of a research problem relating to this topic|
|3.||Show knowledge of and practical skills in the use of psychological data analysis techniques to address a research problem
||Report the selection, implementation and results of appropriate psychological analysis techniques to address a research problem|
|4.||Show understanding of and the ability to interpret the outcome of psychological analysis techniques||Summarise and interpret the results of psychological analysis procedures by generating a narrative account of interpretion of data|
|5.||Show critical appreciation of the usefulness of particular methods and analysis techniques in psychological research||Critically discuss and evaluate the usefulness of particular procedures and analysis techniques used in an independent research project to address a specific research problem|
|6.||Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the appropriate format and style for a psychological research report||Produce a psychological report - in the appropriate format - describing the implementation, analysis, results and interpretation of an independent research project|
|7.||Demonstrate self-reflection on personal and skills development.||Submit a self-reflective description of personal and skills development.|
|8.||Demonstrate oral presentation skills.||Provide an oral presentation of an independent research project.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Banister, P., Burman, E., Parker, I., Taylor, M., & Tindhall, C. (1994). Qualitative methods in psychology: A researcherís guide. Buckingham: Open University Press.
* Breakwell, G.M., Hammond, S., and Fife-Schaw, C. (2000). Research methods in psychology (2nd ed.). London: Sage.
Bryman, A. (2004). Social Research Methods. Oxford University Press.
* Creswell, J.W. (2003). Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches. Sage.
Edwards, A., and Talbot, R. (1999). The hard-pressed researcher (2nd ed.). London: Longman.
Kinnear, P.R., and Gray, C.D. (2000). SPSS for windows made simple. Release 10. Hove: Psychology Press.
Robson, C. (2002). Real world research: a resource for social scientists and practitioner-researchers. Oxford: Blackwell.
Sapsford, R. (1999) Survey research. London: Sage.
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|Host Subject Group:||Psychology and Life Sciences|
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