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Unit information: Psychological Research Methods in 2021/22

Unit name Psychological Research Methods
Unit code PSYC10010
Credit points 40
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Fielding
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Psychological Science
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

In this unit, students will be introduced to experimental and qualitative approaches to conducting research in psychology, and the data collection and analysis techniques associated with each. Students will design and conduct psychological research studies, and present their findings in both oral and written formats.

The aims of this unit are to:

  1. Introduce students to experimental and qualitative approaches to conducting research in psychology, and data collection and analysis techniques associated with each.
  2. Provide students with opportunities to design and conduct psychological research, and interpret and report findings according to disciplinary conventions.
  3. Facilitate students’ development of a range of transferable research skills, including sourcing and critically reading original research papers; asking and answering specific and feasible research questions; the appropriate use of relevant IT resources; and written and oral communication.
  4. Give students exposure to the diversity of research being conducted in the School via their participation in the experimental hours scheme.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Outline the defining characteristics of experimental and qualitative approaches to conducting research in psychology.
  2. Design and conduct experimental and qualitative studies to answer specific and feasible research questions.
  3. Apply data collection and analysis techniques associated with experimental and qualitative approaches to psychological research questions, and justify the selection and use of these techniques.
  4. Interpret and report experimental and qualitative research findings according to disciplinary conventions.

Teaching Information

Weekly: self-paced asynchronous 'independent work'; large group live synchronous Q&A and multiple choice quiz associated with independent content; self-paced asynchronous lecture content; live student-led group meeting and group meeting facilitated by TA.

Assessment Information

Formative Assessment:

Students will receive regular formative feedback via their engagement with learning activities dispersed throughout the unit. Participation in these formative activities will assist students' progression toward the unit's ILOs.

Summative Assessment:

  1. Weekly In-Class Active Learning Exercises (30%)
  2. Poster Presentation (30%)
  3. 1600-Word Research Report (40%)

Other Pass Requirements:

In addition to earning the requisite number of marks, to pass this unit students must (a) participate in the development and delivery of a group presentation; and (b) participate in a number of studies as a member of the school's experimental hours scheme (or complete an equivalent written activity).

A reasonable attempt of all assessment must be made for the award of credit.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

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The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.