Module title: Honours Project in Psychology

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: PSY10100
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:PSY09100 Researching Psychology

Examples of equivalent learning: Research methods & statistics modules from other institutions at SCQF Level 09

2018/9, Trimester 1, 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: Rory MacLean
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
There are no formal taught classes for this module. The majority of learning will be student-led and will involve independent learning activities directed towards the chosen topic (LOs 1-5). Students will be assigned a project supervisor, who will support the student through one-to-one meetings to discuss issues related to their project (max. of 8 hours face-to-face supervision per student); the nature and format of these meetings will depend on the research topic at hand.

Formative Assessment:
There will be several opportunities for formative assessment throughout the two trimesters. Early in Trimester 1, students will submit a brief project proposal to their project supervisors, who will comment on the feasibility of the project (LOs 1-4). Later in Trimester 1, students will submit and receive feedback on an application for ethical approval (LO 4). Students will also have the opportunity to submit draft sections of their projects to supervisors to gain feedback, with the final draft being submitted by week 9, Trimester 2 (LOs 1-5).

Summative Assessment:
There will be one summative assessment for the module: the final project (week 12, Tri 2; LOs 1-5). This will be an 8,000-word empirical project on a psychology topic.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Project Supervision 8
Independent Learning Guided independent study 392
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Final Year Project 100 1,2,3,4 & 5 27 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 8000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The Honours Project in Psychology is the culmination of your research studies within your psychology degree programme. The module aims to develop your research capability through undertaking an extensive piece of empirical research in psychology, and allows you to demonstrate proficiency in psychological research methods. Under the supervision of a member of psychology academic staff, you will identify an appropriate psychological research question. You will consider and resolve ethical issues, and will design, carry out, analyse, interpret and write up the findings of your project.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Identify an issue or problem in psychology and design research that allows the issue to be investigated using appropriate research methods.
LO2: Summarise and critically analyse psychological literature relevant to the issue/topic.
LO3: Select research design and data collection methods appropriate to the issue.
LO4: Consider and resolve ethical issues relevant to the chosen project.
LO4: Analyse and interpret data using appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative techniques in the context of previous research.
LO5: Demonstrate the research, presentation and practical skills required to produce an independent, coherent piece of extended research.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Recommended - AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (2010) PUBLICATION MANUAL OF THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION, 6th ed. - ISBN: 9781433805615
Recommended - BELL, J. (2010) DOING YOUR RESEARCH PROJECT: A GUIDE FOR FIRST TIME RESEARCHERS IN EDUCATION, HEALTH AND SOCIAL SCIENCE: OPEN UNIVERSITY, 5th ed.
Recommended - FORSHAW, M. (2004) YOUR UNDERGRADUATE PSYCHOLOGY PROJECT: A BPS GUIDE: BPS BLACKWELL, 1st ed. - ISBN: 1405119365
Recommended - STERNBERG, R. J. (2010) THE PSYCHOLOGIST’S COMPANION: A GUIDE TO SCIENTIFIC WRITING FOR STUDENTS AND RESEARCHERS: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 1st ed. - ISBN: 9780521144827
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