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Unit information: Apprenticeship in Psychological Research in 2021/22

Unit name Apprenticeship in Psychological Research
Unit code PSYCM0043
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Jeff Brunstrom
Open unit status Not open




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

Description including Unit Aims

This unit provides students with an apprenticeship in psychological research. Taking their research interests into account, you will be assigned to a research group of an academic member of staff within the School of Psychological Science, and contribute to the design, implementation, and dissemination of ongoing research carried out in that research group.

The aims of the unit are to learn about and provide critical insight into the process of conducting psychological research in a real-world application.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the types of practical challenges that researchers experience when conducting psychological research.
  2. Explain the process for the recruitment of participants.
  3. Illustrate the ways in which a research project might by improved in the future.
  4. Communicate an overview of findings from a research project in a presentation.

Teaching Information

4 x synchronous sessions - two at beginning of term and two towards the end. Ad hoc support also offered throughout.

Assessment Information

2000-word research portfolio (100%).


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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.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.