Psychological Research Methods

Module summary

Module code: PSYC1142
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Human Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Damian Poulter

Specification

Pre and co requisites

Passing Level 4.

Aims

To extend students’ critical thinking, appreciation, and application of psychological research methods and statistics.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will:
1. Understand alternative research paradigms, their historical and philosophical development in psychological research and research settings.
2. Choose and apply appropriate techniques for the analysis and interpretation of psychological data, including using an appropriate statistical package effectively and appropriately.
3. Plan, design, implement, analyse and present findings from original research projects, for both academic and business audiences, in order to develop transferable skills.
4. Critically evaluate psychological research articles and findings.
5. Write up psychological research according to psychological conventions.

Indicative content

- Quantitative data collection & analysis.
- Qualitative data collection & analysis.
- Research design.
- Research ethics.
- Research critique.
- Report writing.

Teaching and learning activity

Teaching will take place during term 1, and will consist of theoretical lectures and seminar/practical class/workshop.

Assessment

Quantitative Laboratory Report: 50% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4, 5.
Word Length: 2000 words.
Outline Details: Lab report must include all the required sections, in the correct format.

Qualitative Coursework: 50% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4, 5.
Word Length: 1500 words.
Outline Details: Written coursework assessing knowledge of qualitative design, data collection and analysis.

Formative Assessment: In seminars, exercises will contain practice examples for learning checks. Feedback on the seminar exercises, and lab reports will also be provided. In methods seminars, data will be collected, and guidance is given on data analysis and lab report writing. Students develop and discuss the preparation and implementation of their research with the tutor, as well as providing an opportunity for students to discuss their progress. Homework exercises and multiple-choice quizzes are also available for learning checks.