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PS20125: Research project

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
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: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Project (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you are advised to take PS10087 AND take PS10088 AND take PS20124
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To develop students' understanding of, and competence in, the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of a group research project.

Learning Outcomes:
Be able to design and conduct a research project.
Be able to analyse data and interpret it.
Be able to report a research project.
Appreciate the ethical issues around their research.
Be able to appreciate the teamwork involved in group research activity.
Appreciate a range of research methods through engagement with the Research Participation Scheme

Understand the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline, its historical origins, development and limitations. (T/F)
Can demonstrate a systematic knowledge of a range of research paradigms, research methods and measurement techniques, including statistical analysis, and be aware of their limitations. (T/F A)
Can adopt multiple perspectives and systematically analyse the relationships between them. (T/F)
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 reflect upon new technology and innovation within psychology and to make decisions regarding legitimacy, reliability and effectiveness. (T/F A)
To effectively and efficiently apply principles of psychological analysis within a variety of environments. (T/F A)
To develop sensitivity to the values and interests of others. (T/F A)
Can communicate ideas and research findings both effectively and fluently by written, oral and visual means. (T/F A)
Is computer literate and is confident in using word processing, database and statistical software. (T/F)
Can solve problems by clarifying questions, considering alternative solutions and evaluating outcomes. (T/F)
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) 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)

Each student will conduct a small project in collaboration with a small group, over two semesters. The choice of project topic will derive from staff research interests, as presented in introductory lectures in the first semester. Under supervision, students will develop their project design, obtain ethical approval, carry out data collection, analyse and report it. They will experience a range of research methods through the Research Participation Scheme.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PS20125 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology