Module Catalogue 2014/15

SPE1030 : Research Methods in Practice I

  • Offered for Year: 2014/15
  • Module Leader(s):
  • Owning School:
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

1. To present foundation concepts in psychology, incorporating development over the lifespan.
2. To provide a practical introduction to the theories of how we perceive ourselves and others and how this influences our interpretation of behaviour and situations.
3. To consider how these principles relate to clinical practice.
4. To consider the variety of contexts in which speech and language therapists work.
5. To provide students with the opportunity to observe, analyse and evaluate interactions between individuals and groups, considering the importance of the environmental context and the respective roles and personality types of the individuals.
6. To develop reporting skills and practice through writing essays, observational reports and logs, and giving short presentations.

Outline Of Syllabus

Syllabus:
Basic experimental design, hypothesis testing, descriptive statistics, distributions, elementary statistics, chi squared, Fisher exact, Wilcoxon, Wilcoxon-Mann Whitney, t tests, tests of association, nonparametric analyses, Introduction to statistical packages. Deciding how to choose a test.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Understanding of and ability to use basic descriptive statistics
Understanding of inferential versus correlational statistics and tests
Understanding of one factor experimental design.
Understanding of one factor statistical techniques
Understanding of and ability to use a range of parametric and nonparametric tests

Intended Skill Outcomes

1. Ability to choose appropirate statistical tests
2. Ability to use an Excel workbook to statistically analyse data
3. Ability to interpret the results of statistical testing
4. Ability to express the results of experiments succinctly and correctly

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Data Synthesis : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Numeracy : Present
    • Information Literacy
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Assessed
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Decision Making : Assessed
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Initiative : Present
      • Independence : Present
      • Problem Solving : Assessed
      • Adaptability : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Written Other : Assessed
  • Application
    • Occupational Awareness : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical141:0014:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study156:0056:00N/A
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce the concepts and methods
Statistical analysis is practiced over a series of computer-based practical classes using an Excel workbook for basic statistical analysis.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A100Class test.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Tests directly the skills taught in the course, requiring students to choose, implement and interpret appropriate statistical tests for data analysis.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

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