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PS20124: Research methods and design 2

[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: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Questionnaire assessment (CW 50%)
  • Interview assessment (CW 50%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you are advised to take PS10166
Learning Outcomes: After completing this unit, students will build competence in:
* Designing and analysing research using questionnaire designs.
* Advanced methods of qualitative data collection and analysis.
* Evaluating the effectiveness of the key non-experimental methods and research designs covered in this unit.
* Understanding and evaluating issues relevant to the use of questionnaires and interviews in psychological research.

* To provide students with a more in-depth understanding and skills in conducting quantitative experimental research.
* To build more advanced skills in conducting qualitative research
* To enable students to analyse and report research using both quantitative and qualitative methods.

* Knowledge of a range of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis techniques, and awareness of their strengths and limitations.
* Competence in the analysis of a range of advanced quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis techniques.)
* Skills in the conduct of experimental and non-experimental research.
* Awareness of the practical and ethical considerations in the conduct of research.
* Skills in effective written communication of ideas and research findings.
* Problem solving skills including in the clarification of questions, consideration of alternative solutions and reflection on outcomes.
* Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines
* Ability to work independently and with others.

* How to conduct qualitative and quantitative research, including design, measurement, analysis, and reporting.
* Practical experience in conducting research using real data and more complex research designs.
* Quality and ethical issues in qualitative and quantitative research.

Programme availability:

PS20124 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology


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