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PS10087: Psychology research

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Further information on credits Credits: 12
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: OT 20%, PR 80%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Practical 1 (PR 15%)
  • Practical 2 (PR 20%)
  • Practical 3 (PR 20%)
  • Practical 4 (PR 20%)
  • Practical 5 (OT 20%)
  • Research Participation (PR 5%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: While taking this unit you must take PS10088
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide students with the basic skills required for designing, conducting and reporting experimental research in psychology.

Learning Outcomes:

* Be familiar with the basic principles of research design and sampling.
* Be able to consider ethical issues relevant to research in psychology.
* Be able to write and format psychological laboratory reports according to APA guidelines.
* Be able to plan and conduct a psychology experiment.
* Participate in psychological research.


* Can demonstrate a systematic knowledge of a range of research methods and measurement techniques, including statistical analysis, and be aware of their limitations. (T/F A)
* Can reason scientifically, understand the role of evidence and make critical judgements about arguments in psychology. (T/F)
* Can adopt multiple perspectives and systematically analyse the relationships between them. (T/F A)
* Can detect meaningful patterns in behaviour and experience and evaluate their significance. (T/F A)
* Can pose, operationalise and critically evaluate research questions. (T/F A)
* Can demonstrate substantial competence in research skills through practical activities. (T/F A)
* Can competently initiate, design, conduct and report an empirically-based research project under appropriate supervision, and can recognise its theoretical, practical and methodological implications and limitations. (T/F A)
* Is aware of the ethical context of psychology as a discipline and can demonstrate this in relation to personal study, particularly with regard to the research project. (T/F A)
* To effectively and efficiently apply principles of psychological analysis within a variety of environments. (T/F A)
* Can communicate ideas and research findings both effectively and fluently by written, oral and visual means. (T/F A)
* Can solve problems by clarifying questions, considering alternative solutions and evaluating outcomes. (T/F A)
* Is sensitive to and can react appropriately to contextual and interpersonal factors in groups and teams. (T/F)
* Can undertake self-directed study and project management in order to meet desired objectives. (T/F A)
* Is able to take charge of their own learning, and can reflect and evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses for the purposes of future learning. (T/F).

The unit will provide an overview of research methods, an outline of statistical concepts, and an introduction to report writing. Students will participate in four practical experiments conducted by the lecturer. They will also work in groups and conduct an empirically-based research project in an area of their choice under the supervision of the lecturer.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PS10087 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.