SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3C824292
Module Leader Kareena McAloney-Kocaman
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • C (May start)
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Normally succesful completon of Introducton to Psychological Inquiry at level one and Introducton to Research in Psychology at level two, or equivalent.

Summary of Content

The module shall consolidate prior learning from level 1 and level 2 modules, and develop competence with the application of research methods to psychological research. The module will address practical issues of research design such as development and use of measurement tools (questionnaires, interview schedules, and psychometric tools), ethical considerations and advanced quantitative and qualitative analytic techniques (e.g.multivariate analysis, discourse analysis). Students will demonstrate their competence in these advanced techniques through engagement with structured activities throughout the module in lab based sessions, and through engagement with formative assessment and two summative assessment pieces (submission dates to be published on GCU Learn).


Topics covered will include 1.Advanced research design 2.Instrument development - questionnaire design, interview schedules, psychometric tools 3.The ethical approval process 4.Advanced quantitative analytic techniques - multivariate statistics (for example simple linear regression, multiple linear regression, hierarchical linear regression, EFA) 5.Advanced qualitative analytic techniques - for example IPA, discourse analysis 6.Report writing

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:1.Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical considerations in designing and conducting research in psychology(Assessment - research ethics proposal: formative and summative)2.Demonstrate an understanding of the applications of qualitative and quantitative research designs in psychology(Assessment - research ethics proposal: formative and summative)3.Demonstrate an understanding of the theory and application of advanced analytic techniques (Assessment -practicalsessions; research ethics proposal; lab report: formative and summative)4.Design, conduct, evaluate and write up a research study using either a qualitative or quantitative methodology andanalytic technique (Assessment - research ethics proposal; lab report: formative and summative)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures, practical labs, and independent learning. Lectures will focus on relevant theory and principles. Practical labs will provide students with an opportunity to apply these principals, to develop proficiency in analytic skill and to participate in research. All students will be expected to engage in independent learning, facilitated by GCULearn. Assessment will include ongoing formative assessment of practical sessions with relevant software (e.g. SPSS),peer review of research ethics proposals, and summative assessment of research ethics proposals and a lab report.

Indicative Reading

Brace, N. Kemp, R., Snelgar, R. (2012) SPSS for Psychologists Basingstoke; Palgrave Macmillan 5th edition. Davies, M. B. (2007). Doing a successful research project: Using qualitative or quantitative methods. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. 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

Critical thinking: Able to search relevant information sources to identify a body of research and to critique existing literature to identify a research question and develop a research project. Project management: Able to plan and conduct a research project involving teamwork, recruiting and managing research partcipants, and data management skills. Ethical practices: Able to identify and address ethical issues related to a specific research project.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 22.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 134.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 40.00 35% A short research proposal and ethics application (1,500 words) for a research question identified by the student.
Coursework 2 n/a 60.00 35% Research report (2,500 words) of a qualitative orquantitative research project undertake during thecourse of the module