Research Methods in Psychology (C8057)
Research Methods in Psychology
Module details for 2010 cohort.
FHEQ Level 5
The pre-requisite for this course is:
Research Skills in Psychology
The course has three components: (a) statistical analysis; (b) qualitative analysis and (c) empirical projects. The empirical projects enable students to carry out independent research that will develop skills in questionnaire and experimental research. These projects help to prepare students for their final empirical research project. The statistical analysis parts of the course build upon existing knowledge of statistical theory to enable students to analyse more complex data structures. Seminars compliment these lectures by providing guidance on applying statistical tests using SPSS, advice on designing and executing projects, and conducting qualitative research.
By the end of the course, a successful student should be able to:
1. Understand of the theory, use and interpretation of Regression, Multiple Regression, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA), Factor Analysis and Reliability Analysis.
2. Conduct these analyses on SPSS.
3. Carry out independent research to address a psychological question.
4. Present their research in a written report following the conventions of the discipline (i.e. APA format).
Extensive handouts available from my web page:
Field, AP (2005). "Discovering statistics using SPSS" (2nd Edition). London: Sage.
[Library: Short/Reserve QE 1927 Sps (Fie), (ISBN: 0-7619-4452-4)].
Field AP and Hole GJ (2003). "How to design and report experiments". London: Sage.
[Library: Short/Reserve QZ 200 (Fie) (ISBN: 0-7619-7382-6)].
|Unseen Examination||Summer Term||35.00%|
|Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.|
|Portfolio||Autumn Week 10||23.00%|
|Laboratory Report||Spring Week 1||23.00%|
|Laboratory Report||Spring Week 10||23.00%|
|Research Participation||Spring Week 10||15.00%|
|Exercise||Summer Week 1||15.00%|
Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.
Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.
|Autumn Term||SEMINAR||2 hours||100000000000|
|Spring Term||WORKSHOP||2 hours||000001111000|
|Summer Term||LECTURE||1 hour||110000000000|
|Autumn Term||LECTURE||1 hour||311121111100|
|Autumn Term||PRACTICAL||2 hours||111111111100|
|Spring Term||PRACTICAL||2 hours||111100000000|
|Summer Term||WORKSHOP||2 hours||110000000000|
|Spring Term||LECTURE||1 hour||111111111000|
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