INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY

SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2C824291
Module Leader Sheila Morrison
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
Trimesters
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Normally successful completon of Introducton to Psychological Inquiry, or equivalent.

Summary of Content

The module will build on the principles and knowledge base provided in Level 1, and will further develop the skills and competencies required in conducting Psychological research. These will include: principles of research design (qualitative and quantitative) and hypothesis testing; ethics; basic quantitative statistical procedures (e.g. t-tests, correlation, ANOVA, Chi-square); processing, analysis and interpretation of data using software (SPSS); an introduction to specific qualitative approaches (e.g. Thematic Analysis). The module will provide students with the opportunity to critically engage in the research process as participants in experimental research. It will allow them to develop and demonstrate skills required to disseminate findings by producing a lab report from this research.

Syllabus

Topics covered will include 1. Research design (including basic design of a qualitative project) 2. Hypothesis testing 3. Introduction to Ethics 4. Basic quantitative analytic techniques - (t-test, correlation, ANOVA, Chi-square) 5. Data management, analysis and interpretation using appropriate software (SPSS) 6. Qualitative analytic techniques - Thematic Analysis 7. Report writing

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1.Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of psychological research design (qualitative and quantitative), conduct(including ethical considerations) and analysis. (Assessed summatively by the lab report and class test, and formatively bythe practical labs.)2.Demonstrate an understanding of the applications of qualitative and quantitative research designs in psychology.(Assessed summatively by the class test, and formatively by the practical labs.)3.Demonstrate the ability to use software (SPSS) to analyse data, and interpret output. (Assessed summatively by the labreport and class test, and formatively by the practical labs.)4.Conduct, evaluate and write up a quantitative research study. (Assessed summatively by the lab report.)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures, practical labs, and independent learning. Lectures will predominantly deliver information, theory and principles. Practical labs will allow application of these principals, as well as participation in research, software skills development, and discussion of relevant issues. All students will be expected to engage in independent learning, facilitated by GCULearn. Formative assessment will also be carried out in SPSS practical lab exercises, leading to the summatively assessed practical class test. Material will be delivered using an online/blended learning approach.

Indicative Reading

Field, A. (2013). Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS statistics. (4th ed.) London: Sage Forrester, M. (2010). Doing qualitative research in psychology: A practical guide. London: Sage McQueen, R. A., & Knussen, C. (2013). Introduction to research methods and statistics in psychology: A practical guide for the undergraduate researcher (2nd ed.). Harlow, UK: Pearson.

Transferrable Skills

Principles of research and analysis: understanding of the research process, research design, hypothesis testing and quantitative and qualitative analysis. Data management using software: ability to construct a dataset, analyse data and interpret output. Understanding the literature: the ability to read and use literature to construct an argument. Project dissemination: writing a lab report to accepted standards of format and clarity. Ethical issues: awareness of ethical considerations in research with human participants.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 20.00
Lectures (FT) 22.00
Independent Learning (FT) 136.00
Assessment (FT) 22.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 01 2.00 50.00 35% A theoretical and practical two hour test carried out in class time, and using SPSS. The test will assess students' understanding of research design, statistical analysis, SPSS procedures, and qualitative approaches.
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% A research report (2000 words) of a research project undertaken during the course of the module, in which students will act as participants. Data collection and analysis will be conducted in a group setting, and the report will be anindependent piece of work.