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Unit information: Summer Research Project in Psychological Research in 2021/22

Unit name Summer Research Project in Psychological Research
Unit code PSYC10015
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Quadflieg
Open unit status Not open




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

Description including Unit Aims

The unit is designed to expose students to a wide variety of research skills and experiences with a particular focus on preparing them for future PGR projects in psychology. Students will join pre-existing research groups at the School of Psychological Science and contribute to ongoing University of Bristol research endeavours. They will be expected to contribute to the design, implementation, and/or dissemination of ongoing research as carried out by their designated group. The aims of the unit are to provide hands-on experience with, and critical insight into, the process of conducting psychological research. Further aims include the promotion of discipline-specific knowledge through the exploration of novel research questions, the advancement of independent research skills (as typically involved in completing a psychological study), and the illustration of future study and career opportunities within the realm of psychological science.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, a student will be able to:

  • Assist in carrying out a hypothesis-driven research project in psychology
  • Understand pivotal ethical considerations involved in implementing such projects
  • Describe common approaches to participant recruitment and treatment
  • Appreciate practical challenges that researchers experience when conducting such projects
  • Communicate a research project in the form of pre-registered report
  • Demonstrate transferable time management and project management skills

Teaching Information

The unit combines an e-learning portfolio that covers the basic elements of psychological research in general terms, complemented by direct and increasing exposure to real-world psychological research throughout the duration of the unit. Each student will partake in a multi-week project in order to discover techniques and skills required to design, carry out, and/or analyse contemporary psychological research.

Assessment Information

E-learning Quiz (20%)

Template-Compatible Research Diary (2500 words, 80%)


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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.

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