Core Module Information
Module title: Advanced Research Skills

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: PSY11102
Module leader: Duncan Carmichael
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology


Description of module content:

This module introduces you to advanced research skills in psychology and the social sciences. The content of this module covers three related areas:

1) Quantitative research, including applying multivariate statistical analysis techniques using appropriate software (e.g. principal components analysis, ANCOVA, cluster analysis)

2) Qualitative research, including methods for collecting and analysing qualitative data (e.g. interviewing, focus groups, documentary analysis etc.).

3) Research ethics

You will have the opportunity to explore these topics across a variety of research examples from criminology and forensic psychology.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Critically reflect on theories underpinning research design.
LO2: Evaluate and apply the use of multivariate quantitative research methods.
LO3: Evaluate and apply the use of qualitative research methods.
LO4: Critically engage with ethical issues in research.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2020/1, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Duncan Carmichael
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LOs 1-4: In face-to-face teaching, you will experience a variety of teaching techniques from different members of staff, and develop a range of skills; online support will also be provided to enhance learning.

LO 1 is embedded across the whole module and you will learn about different research techniques and ethics using practical computer based sessions (LO 2) and seminars (LOs 3 and 4).

The module has a very practical focus, and you will acquire skills in SPSS and other specialised statistical packages for carrying out multivariate statistical analysis. They will also develop skills in collecting and analysing qualitative data. These skills are highly valued by employers and research organisations. Another highly transferable attribute that you will develop on this module will be the ability to identify and critique relevant research.

Formative Assessment:
Throughout the module, you will have the opportunity to complete short formative quizzes to assess your understanding of key concepts; these will feed in directly to your learning log, in which tyou will discuss different research methods covered in the module.

You will also be provided with formative feedback on applications for ethical approval, which will be discussed in class, and in drop-in sessions. This will feed into your presentation assessment, and will be partrticular use to you, if you plan in submitting an application for ethical approval of your dissertation project.

Summative Assessment:
LOs 1, 2, and 3 are assessed by a learning log. You will demonstrate your knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods by discussing and critiquing these methods in criminological and psychological research.

LO4 is assessed by a short video presentation on a relevant ethical issue.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Face To Face Seminar 12
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 176
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Learning Log 60 1,2,3 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 3000
Oral Presentation 40 4 10 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
PSY11102 Advanced Research Skills