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PSY8061 : Advanced Research Methods for Applied Psychology A

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

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
•       Correlational Designs
•       Ethical and open research practices

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials54:0020:00Non-synchronous online sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:004:00Present in Person sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study176:0076:00
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M1001 assignment relating to quantitative methods and research design. Max word count - 2000
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 a written assessment 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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