Core Module Information
Module title: Researching Psychology 3

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: PSY09115
Module leader: Eleanor Drake
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology

To study this module you will need the learning equivalent to the module listed or have passed this module : PSY08104 Researching Psychology 2

Examples of Equivalent Learning:
Introductory statistics component (level 8)
Introductory qualitative approaches component (level 8)

Description of module content:

This module will build on the foundations of research approaches covered in Researching Psychology 1 and 2 through a problem based approach.
The module will cover:
• Methodological issues in psychology research (LO1, LO2, LO3)
• A range of qualitative approaches (LO2, LO3, LO4)
• Core frequentist approaches to statistical analysis (LO2, LO4, LO5)
• Research ethics (LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6)
The content of the module will be addressed through analysis of published research (LO1, LO3) and through a problem based enquiry approach to research design and execution (LO2, LO4, LO5, LO6).

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Critically evaluate common assumptions in psychological research
LO2: Identify appropriate research methods/approaches for different research questions/aims/problems
LO3: Develop skills in designing, writing and executing a mini project
LO4: Demonstrate an applied understanding of qualitative analysis
LO5: Demonstrate an applied understanding of quantitative analysis
LO6: Explore the links between applied psychology, theory, practice, praxis and ethics.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Eleanor Drake
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Students will receive nine two-hour lectures, six two-hour practicals, five two-hour tutorials and six one-hour workshops. In addition, students will have the option to attend two drop-in sessions. The function of the lectures is to introduce content, including methodological concepts and theories (LO1, LO3), qualitative approaches (LO2, LO4) and statistical procedures (LO2, LO5). The students will complement the lecture material with set and wider reading (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6). The lectures and readings will form the knowledge base of tutorial/practical activities and workshops through which students will explore their understanding of the material (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6), apply methods and approaches (LO4, LO5, LO6), and explore realistic research problems (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5). Following exposure to a range of approaches/methods, students will select one qualitative and one quantitative mini-project to execute and write-up for summative assessment (LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6).

Formative Assessment:
Regular problem based enquiry tasks (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6).
Reflective learning log (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6).
Completion of appropriate application for Ethical Approval Forms in respect to the mini-projects (LO2, LO4, LO5, LO6)

Summative Assessment:
2500 word qualitative research report (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO6)
1500 word quantitative research report (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO5)

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 18
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 18
Independent Learning Guided independent study 150
Face To Face Supervised time in studio/workshop 4
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 1, 2, 3 & 5 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Report 50 1,2,3,4 & 6 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
PSY09115 Researching Psychology 3