Core Module Information
Module title: Advanced Research in Psychological Practice

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

Module code: PSY11112
Module leader: Adam Mahoney
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

In this module you will learn how to undertake research in an area related to applied (i.e. forensic) psychological practice. 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:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Critically appraise 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: 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: Justify appropriate research methodologies and ethical approaches in which to lead an original empirical study thereby.

LO5: Critical appraise a research process as well as analysis findings both from both systematic review process and empirical studies in a written format 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
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: Adam Mahoney
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Independent Learning Guided independent study 585
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 15
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 100 1-6 11 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 10000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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