ANALYTICAL METHODS

SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMC825486
Module Leader Kareena McAloney-Kocaman
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
Trimester
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

The module will develop advanced skills in the design and delivery of both qualitative and quantitative research; and advanced analytic skills (such as mutlivariate and analysis across both qualitative and quantitative fields. Students will engage in research design, data collection, analysis and dissemination activities. In addition students will develop skills in the appraisal of published research. Students will develop a research protocol portfolio detailing a research plan to address a research question of relevance to their programme of interest.

Syllabus

Topics covered will include research methodologies and designs (such as quantitative survey research, qualitative interview design, literature reviews, primary and secondary analyses); ethical considerations; advance quantitative qualitative analysis techniques

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate an understanding of a range of advanced research methodologies 2. Critically evaluate strengths and weaknesses of research methods and analyses3. Identify and develop an appropriate strategy to review and critique literature within a specific research field4. Develop an empirical research portfolio which details appropriate research design and analysis plans to address a research question5. Demonstrate an understanding of and competency in a range of advanced qualitative and quantitative analytic techniques

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered in a blended learning format using lectures, directed and independent learning activities. Students will undertake secondary data analysis of existing datasets, and participate in the administration, collection and analysis of primary data. Assessment will include completion of a analytic workbook addressing the range of analytic techniques covered in the module, and the production of a final research protocol portfolio which details a research plan for conducting research in relation to a research question of relevance to their programme of study.

Indicative Reading

-720 Argyrous, G. 2011. Statistics for Research with a Guide to SPSS (3 rd edition). London: Sage. Braun, V. & Clark V. (2013). Successful qualitative research: a practical guide for beginners. London: Sage. Coolican, H. ( 2014). Research methods and statistics in Psychology. London: Psychology Press Field, A. 2013. Discovering Statistics Using SPSS (4 th edition). London: Sage. Forrester, M. (2010). Doing qualitative research in psychology: A practical guide. London: Sage Tabachnick, B. G., & Fidell, L. S. (2007). Using multivariate statistics (5th ed.). Boston: Pearson International Edition. Vogt, W.P., Gardner, D.C. & Haeffele, L.M. (2012). When to use what research design. New York: Guilford Press.

Transferrable Skills

Critical thinking Ethical practices Data governance Data management Data analysis Protocol development

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 90.00
Lectures (FT) 11.00
Assessment (FT) 25.00
Tutorials (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 70.00 45% Research Protocol - Portfolio 3000 words
Course Work 01 n/a 30.00 45% Analytic Workbook