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, SEM, 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
2023/4, 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:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 12
Face To Face Seminar 22
Independent Learning Guided independent study 166
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 35 1,2,3 7 HOURS= 02.00
Class Test 35 1,2,3 12 HOURS= 02.00
Reflective Log 10 4 10 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 500
Oral Presentation 20 4 10 HOURS= 00.15, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 70
Component 2 subtotal: 30
Module subtotal: 100

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