PY4PR-Empirical Project

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Juliane Honisch


Type of module:

Summary module description:

Research project for MSci Applied (Clinical) students  


This module enables students to conduct an independent piece of original research that involves literature review, planning, ethical considerations, data collection, data analysis, and the writing of a final project report. During the project, students work in close collaboration with the supervisor (a member of academic staff, and where appropriate other members of the supervisor's laboratory).  Projects should be clinically-relevant wherever possible, and can include clinically-relevant questions tested on a broader phenotype.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • Identify a research question, with detailed reference to critical evaluation of theory and evidence in relevant contemporary literature

  • Independently design and implement a study that enables the research question to be fully addressed

  • Accurately apply appropriate advanced quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis

  • Appraise the results of the study, with clear reference to the hypotheses, theoretical context, and wider research literature

Additional outcomes:

Students will further develop skills in the following:

  • Planning and project management

  • Professional research behaviours.

  • Advanced written communication in a scientific format

Outline content:

Students are required to produce a written project plan in Autumn Term of Part 4, which will be developed into a full project report by the end of Spring Term of Part 4. The project plan will summarise the background and justification for the project, and proposals for the design and implementation of the main project.

Students are required to produce a full project report at the end of Spring Term of Part Four. The project report should demonstrate that the student has conducted an extended piece of research that answers a specified hypothesis. 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

(a) Regular supervisory support is given at all stages of the project.

(b) Written feedback is provided following submission of the Project Plan. This will help students produce an accomplished final report, whilst also allowing them to demonstrate their ability to work independently at the final report stage.

(c) Students are provided the opportunity to submit a draft report (excluding Discussion) for written feedback

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Project Supervision 20 20
Practicals classes and workshops 50 60
Guided independent study 90 160
Total hours by term 160.00 240.00
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 10
Dissertation 80
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Assessment is by coursework.

Students submit a Project Plan (10% of the marks for the module) at the start of Autumn Term in Part 4. Students will present their project to an audience of staff and students, in the Spring Term research conference (10%).  Students submit their final Project Report (80% of the marks for the module) by the end of Spring Term in Part 4.  The Project Report should be no longer than 10,000 words.

Formative assessment methods:

A draft of the Introduction, Method and Results sections will be commented upon by the supervisor.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    A mark of 50% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Project to be re-submitted by 1st September if it carries an original mark of less than 50%.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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