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PS10166: Research methods and design 1

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Quantitative Research Proposal (CW 50%)
  • Qualitative Research Proposal (CW 50%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
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.

* 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

Skills: 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)

Content: 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.

Programme availability:

PS10166 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology


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