Core Module Information
Module title: Psychology Research Project

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: PSY11111
Module leader: Adam Mahoney
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology


Description of module content:

In this module you will learn how to undertake research in an area related to Applied Forensic Psychology. You will work independently with a supervisor to pursue your own individual research on a topic relevant to your programme of study and produce a dissertation which will demonstrate your reflective learning, including how your research contributes to existing knowledge and practice nationally and internationally.
You will develop skills in planning, researching and writing your final dissertation. It will develop your skills in scholarly writing, systematic literature reviewing and research methods. It will develop your independent learning through the completion of a 10,000 (+/- 10%) word dissertation on a topic of your choosing that is relevant to your Masters programme.
Following Advanced Research Skills, this module seeks to help extend your skills and abilities within advanced psychological research. The module is assessed through a single dissertation with three key elements; a systematic review (SR) of the literature - this may take the form of a Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) - and an Empirical Project (EP) and a critical reflective narrative. The systematic review and the empirical project should be linked by a critical, narrative commentary that describes the relationship between the SR/REA and the Empirical Project, and that provides a critically reflective account of the strengths and weaknesses of the overall project and implications for future personal and professional development (approx. 1,000 words).

Within the dissertation, the final submission of the SR/REA and the Empirical Project should be formatted to the requirements of relevant journals. You are required to assume a deep, systematic, critical and innovative stance in exploring a topic of relevance to applied forensic psychology.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Develop skills in critically appraising relevant academic and practice based literature with regard to designing a research project.
LO2: Develop autonomy in managing and delivering an empirical research project and systematic literature review including the relevant ethical issues.
LO3: Develop the ability to critically synthesise data generated and provide professional insights of theoretical and methodological concern, thereby being able to generate further research questions appropriate to the area of forensic psychology
LO4: Develop the ability to justify appropriate research methodologies and ethical approaches in which to lead an original empirical study thereby,
LO5: The ability to critical appraise a research process as well as analysis findings both from both systematic review process and empirical studies in a written format that that is suitable for peer reviewed publication.
LO6: Critically reflect on the research process through a reflective narrative demonstrating an ability to autonomously manage financial, legal, ethical, safety and logistic issues relevant to forensic psychology.

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: Marc Kozlowski
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module is primarily an independent study module with supervisory support. This means that students are responsible for directing their learning journey and resources in conducting the project in consultation with a supervisor. The provision of supervisory support seek to ensure that the student has sufficient guidance across all learning outcomes. Supervisory support will also focuses on supporting and facilitating the students effective independent learning.
There will be a teaching block of classroom-based learning in Trimester 2 to provide students with appropriate support in the development of a systematic literature review protocol. This teaching block will support learning objectives LO2, LO3 and LO5.

Formative Assessment:
In order that you will be in the best possible position to begin your research, it will be necessary to do preparatory work in Trimester 2. This will require you to submit a Research Outline document. This will outline your preferred dissertation topic, including a working title, brief project outline, proposed methodology and participants, of no more than 1 page. A Turnitin link will be provided on the Moodle page for this purpose. This outline will not be assessed, it will only be used to match you with an appropriate supervisor. Once your supervisor has been assigned, it is highly recommended you get in touch with them to discuss your ethics application and have this submitted at the latest by Week 7 of Trimester 2. The proposal should focus primarily on data collection and analysis issues for you Empirical Project however it should also include important information relevant to undertaking your Systematic Review. Whilst, it is important to have gained university ethics approval prior to undertaking data collection important planning tasks, such as liaising with relevant organisations, can begin as soon as possible. Similarly work on your Systematic Review should also be given similar priority to ensure that you have the best possible chance to complete all of the work required for your dissertation at a Master's level.

Summative Assessment:
The dissertation will consist of three separate parts. The first two parts will account for LO 1-5 and should be formatted in accordance to the authors guidelines of a relevant peer reviewed journal. The identified journal must be clearly identified and the authors guidelines made accessible either through the provision of a website address (URL) or printed version being attached to an Appendix. The final and third part of the dissertation will account for LO 6. The dissertation will be presented in it’s entirety with an overall abstract and contents page that will be out with the word counts specified below. The dissertation is due for completion in Tri 3 week 13 (27 August 2021).

1. Systematic Literature Review.
Word count: 4000 (+/- 10%)
Weighting 45%
2. Empirical Project
Word count: 5000 (+/- 10%)
Weighting 45%
3. Critical Reflective Narrative
Word count: 1000 (+/- 10%)
Weighting 10%

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 Lecture 4
Face To Face Project Supervision 13
Face To Face Project Supervision 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 569
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 100 1-6 12 , WORDS= 10000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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