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PSY8062 : Advanced Research Methods for Applied Psychology B

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Nicole Adams-Quackenbush
  • Lecturer: Dr Max Stone, Dr Tracy Donachie, Dr Mei Yee Tang
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module is designed to build on the research skills developed on Advanced Research Methods for Applied Psychology A. A specific focus is to equip students with the necessary skills to enable them to plan and conduct independent research. This module focuses on qualitative methods including but not limited to grounded theory, IPA and mixed designs. The module is designed to adhere to the recommendations made by the BPS for research methods modules on accredited programmes.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics covered will include:
• Advanced research design;
• Advanced qualitative methods;
• Mixed methodology research designs

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops112:0022:00PIP (Present in Person sessions)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study178:0078:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Present in person (PIP) workshop-based learning activities will be used as the main way to impart knowledge and to stimulate interests in the topics. These will be used across the module to facilitate a workshop approach to module delivery to clarify and enhance understanding of module content.

The format is designed to ensure the module aims are achieved within the context of current applied psychology. Teaching focuses on practical activities that allow the students first-hand experience of skills the module will develop. The interactive nature of the sessions are designed to prepare students for future independent research and will foster critical thinking. To attain the intended knowledge outcomes and skills in full, it will be essential that students engage in private study.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M100ECA report - A 2,500 word analysis of qualitative data using one qualitative method chosen by the student.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Report2MFormative qualitative research skills assessment-opportunity to code 1 page of a given interview transcript & get feedback in class
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module will be assessed by one summative assessment as detailed below:

Students will be provided with an extract from an interview transcript. Students will be required to analyse this transcript extract using a qualitative technique of their choice, following the procedure outlined in teaching sessions. Student should write a report of no more than 2,500 (excluding quotes) to summarise the findings.

This will assess both the knowledge and skills outcomes for this module.

Formative Assessment: Students will also have the opportunity to code one page of a given interview transcript and receive feedback on this in class.

Reading Lists