PY2RMS-Research Methods for Visiting Students

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Modules excluded: PY2RM Research Methods and Data Analysis
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Eugene McSorley


Summary module description:
PY2RMS Research Methods for Visiting Students

The aims of the module are that the student should extend his or her knowledge of psychological research methods, statistics, and computer packages for data analysis. They will gain practical experience of a variety of methods, analysis techniques, and report writing.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module the student will be able to:

- Show the required standard of knowledge about the statistical concepts and techniques that have been taught, and know which techniques are appropriate for particular data
- Use computer packages to implement the statistical methods
- Be able to design, carry out and report experimental studies of psychological phenomena

Additional outcomes:
Students will gain practical experience of using a number of psychological research methods. They will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge of research methodology, data analysis and literature searching in essays and exam questions produced for other Psychology modules.

Students will participate in research studies being conducted in the School, enhancing their knowledge of research methodology and enabling them to apply their knowledge of research design and procedure to real examples.

Outline content:
- Topics in statistics, including regression and multiple regression, and their applications in psychological research.
- Use of a statistical package to analyse and present data.
- Overview of project planning including ethical issues.
- Designing, running and analysing the data from experimental mini-projects.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
(a) Lectures on research methods and statistics especially General Linear Model
(b) Laboratory practicals on statistical computing and related topics.?
(c) Completion of mini-projects, and associated reports.
(d) Statistics support workshops, where small groups of students can receive help with any topics relating to statistics they have found difficult in lectures or practical classes, and with the analyses they need to employ in their mini-projects
(e) Participation in research studies, selected from those available, followed by debriefing, and answering questions on each. Students who have an approved reason for non-participation will be given an alternative assignment of equivalent value.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 9
Project Supervision 4
Demonstration 5
Practicals classes and workshops 9
Guided independent study 73
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 50
Practical skills assessment 10
Set exercise 5
Class test administered by School 35

Other information on summative assessment:

This module is assessed by coursework. Students will complete one miniproject reports in Autumn, that describe an experimental study that they have designed, carried out, and analysed (contributing 50% of overall module mark). Students' understanding of research methods and data analysis is also assessed by the end-of-term multiple-choice tests (35% of module mark). Students complete continuous assessment questions throughout the course (10% of overall module mark). Completion of the required hours of research participation (5% of the module mark).

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment is by re-submission of an experimental report in August/September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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