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PS50033: Advanced research design in health

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2017/8
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: You must have prior training to intermediate level in research methods before taking this unit.
While taking this module you must take PS50148
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:

* To give students an appreciation of the uses of qualitative and quantitative methods and how they may be applied to health psychology research and evaluation.
* To develop knowledge and skills in designing research studies.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this unit, students will:
* Understand epistemological foundations of research
* Be able to consider the links between research strategy, design and methods
* Be familiar with the different methods of collecting/eliciting data and their implications for analysis and interpretation
* Understand the distinctions between quantitative and qualitative data and to be familiar with a range of data collection and processing techniques.
* to have understood the different means of measuring psychological constructs
* Be able to design their own research using an appropriate design and selecting suitable analysis procedures.

* To critically assess and evaluate research and evidence as well as a variety of other information.
* To gather information, data, research and literature from a number of different sources
* To utilise problem solving skills
* To communicate an argument
Professional / Practical
* To be sensitive to the ethical issues in carrying out research and the legal and statutory responsibilities of the researcher.
* Time management and administration skills
* Independent working skills.

This unit will focus on the methodological issues relating to the development of a health psychology research study or evaluation and will include issues such as: Epistemology underpinning research design and methods; methodological issues in quantitative and qualitative approaches; justification and types of research design; the place of literature in developing the research; development of research questions; matching research questions to appropriate methodologies and methods; integrating quantitative and qualitative approaches; ethical considerations in health research; development of a research proposal.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PS50033 is a Stage Required Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology

PS50033 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology