PSY8061 : Advanced Research Methods for Applied Psychology A

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of this module is to ensure that students have an advanced understanding of research methods and analytic techniques as appropriate for applied psychological research. The overarching objective of the module is to equip students with the necessary skills to enable them to plan and conduct independent research. This will also support students in their future professional practice, and prepare them to carry out a study of sufficient standard for their final MSc psychology project. More specifically, the module aims to enable students to:

• Identify, evaluate and critically appraise research evidence;
• Advance their skills in applying psychological research methods, conducting data analysis and data interpretation;
• Gain an in-depth understanding of research as a process, of its value and importance in the development of evidence-based practice and the importance of methodological rigour.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Topics covered may include:
•       Developing research questions
•       Research design: qualitative and quantitative methods
•       SPSS skills
•       Experimental Designs
•       Correlation designs
•       Ethical and open research practices

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops92:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops33:009:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study173:0073:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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 is 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. This private study is informed by handouts appropriate to the methods introduced during workshops, as well as directed and independent reading. Sessions will typically last 2 hours; however, some practical sessions may require 3 hours.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M100There are 2 separate assignments relating to quantitative methods and research design. The assignments are equally weighted at 50%
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Previous experience has shown that students studying research methods in the area of applied psychology are much exercised at the thought of a research methods/statistics exam and that this is an active impediment to their engagement with the material presented. The introduction of two assessment sessions will dilute this by allowing more formative work during practical sessions. Moreover, it encourages directed independent study appropriate to advanced understanding of research methods and statistical tests.

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