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PS10166: Research methods and design 1

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
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: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Quantitative Research Proposal (CW 50%)
  • Qualitative Research Proposal (CW 50%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:

* To introduce students to qualitative research methods and design.
* To enable students to design and conduct questionnaire and interview based research
* To enable students to analyse and write up research using these methods

Learning Outcomes:
After completing this unit, students will be able to:
* To explain the key elements of qualitative research and describe when, how and why different approaches may be used.
* To design and critically evaluate questionnaire based methods in psychology research
* To design and critically evaluate interview-based methods used in psychology research.
* To evaluate qualitative analysis of interview-based and naturally occurring data using different analytic approaches.
* To consider practical and ethical issues relevant to the use of questionnaires, interviews, and naturally occurring data in psychological research.

Knowledge of a range of data collection and analysis techniques, and awareness of their strengths and limitations. (T/F A)
Competence in the design of closed and open questions for a questionnaire and interview schedule (T/F A)
Skills in the conduct of research including data gathering and analysis. (T/F A)
Awareness of the practical and ethical considerations in the conduct of research. (T/F A)
Skills in effective written communication of ideas and research findings (T/F A)
Problem solving skills including in the clarification of questions, consideration of alternative solutions and reflection on outcomes. (T/F A)
Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines (F A)
Ability to work independently, without close supervision or guidance (F A)

Introduction to qualitative used in data collection and data analysis.
Choosing and evaluating methodology.
Design of questionnaire and interview-based research.
Conducting questionnaire and interview-based research using different qualitative analysis techniques.
Conducting analysis of naturally occurring data.
Quality and ethical issues.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PS10166 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology


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