PSY8062 : Advanced Research Methods for Applied Psychology B

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 includes some advanced statistical techniques, but 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.
•       Availability: Every Year

Outline Of Syllabus

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

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study176:0076:00N/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 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
Prof skill assessmnt2M20Design an interview guide and conduct an interview.
Report2M80ECA report - A 2,500 word analysis of qualitative data using one qualitative method chosen by the student
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

For the interview guide, students are required to design a qualitative interview guide, then conduct an interview with a participant. This will allow students to demonstrate their occupational awareness in designing interview guides for use in qualitative research. It will assess their ability to select the appropriate information from source materials and their critical evaluation skills.

For the ECA (report), students will write a 2,500 word qualitative analysis using one qualitative method chosen by the student. This will involve students conducting a detailed analysis of a transcript. This assignment will test their knowledge of the topic area, their understanding of their further reading, the ability for planning and organising material, their written communication skills and their critical evaluation skills.

Reading Lists