Module title: Researching Psychology 2

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: PSY08104
Module leader: Rory MacLean
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology
Prerequisites

To study this module you will need the learning equivalent to the module listed or have passed this module : PSY07104 Researching Psychology 1

Examples of equivalent learning: Introductory research methods and statistics module [SCQF level 07]

2018/9, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Rory MacLean
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module will be delivered predominantly through a combination of weekly lectures (2 hours) and corresponding face-to-face workshops (2 hours). Students will apply what they have learned from the lecture and their reading in the workshop class. Workshops will focus on active learning, with a range of hands-on practical activities (e.g. using SPSS to analyse quantitative data, group work). At the end of each workshop, students will complete a short formative quiz on Moodle to assess understanding of that week’s material. Additional support will be provided via Moodle (e.g. discussion boards, scheduled chat sessions).

Students will also be expected to engage in a substantial amount of independent learning as part of the module. This will include guided independent study (e.g. directed readings, preparation activities for workshops) and groupwork (e.g. group meetings to plan and design the questionnaire project).


Formative Assessment:
At the end of each workshop class (weeks 2-12) students will complete a short formative quiz on Moodle to assess understanding of the topics covered that week. These quizzes will provide instant feedback to students, encourage learning throughout the trimester, and will also feed into both summative assessments (digital examination and report). Students will also be provided with formative feedback on applications for ethical approval for their project (weeks 3-5), which will feed into their report assessment.

Summative Assessment:
There will be two summative assessments in the module:
(1) a research report (60%), and
(2) a digital exam (40%).

Component 1 (60%): research report (LOs 1, 2, 3)
In small groups, students will design and conduct a small-scale questionnaire survey project. Students will then individually analyse the data and presenting the findings of their survey in the form of an individual research report (2000 words, due in week 12). This assessment will encourage integration of research methods (surveys) and statistics, as well as developing group-working, report-writing and research skills.

Component 2 (40%): digital examination (LOs 3, 4, 5)
In week 13, there will be a digital examination via Moodle, covering quantitative research methods (e.g. experiments, surveys), qualitative research methods, and statistics. The exam will last 90 minutes, and will consist of multiple choice and short-answer questions.


Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 22
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 5
Independent Learning Guided independent study 151
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 60 1,2,3 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 40 3,4,5 13 HOURS= 1.5, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module is designed to help you gain practical hands-on experience of planning and executing psychological research. You will learn about the research process and key concepts in psychological research (e.g. reliability, validity, ethics). You will gain practical experience in designing quantitative research in psychology (e.g. questionnaire surveys, experiments), and will analyse data using basic inferential statistical techniques (e.g. t-tests, one-way ANOVA, correlations, chi-square, non-parametric tests), and write up findings in the form of a research report. You will also learn about qualitative research methods in psychology, and will gain experience in analysing data using a qualitative approach. The strong emphasis on “learning by doing” aims to provide a firm framework within which to develop skills such as project planning, report writing, preparing ethics applications, and group work that should prove highly transferable with respect to your future career.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Design, conduct and write up a questionnaire survey project
LO2: Present psychological research data in the most appropriate manner (e.g. graphs, descriptive statistics, quotes)
LO3: Identify and conduct the most appropriate method of analysis for simple psychological research data
LO4: Describe key concepts in psychological research methods
LO5: Identify advantages and disadvantages of qualitative and quantitative psychological research methods

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Researching Psychology 2