Module PRP-2002:
Research Methods IV

Module Facts

Run by School of Psychology

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Paloma Mari-Beffa

Overall aims and purpose

This module will expand on material covered in Year 1 and PRP2001. Specifically, it will cover ways of designing and analysing psychological research with particular reference to experimental design, analysis of parametric and non-parametric data, and the use of Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and related techniques and associated follow-up tests. The aim of this module is to help students to follow some more advanced procedures of data analysis mainly used in Experimental Psychology, and to be able to use them for the analysis of their own research, oriented to the design, analysis, and write-up of the final year research projects.

Course content

This module builds upon the techniques for quantitative research methods and data analysis that you have learned so far in your degree. The module will start with a short recap of quantitative statistics that you have previously covered, it will then cover one-way ANOVA, factorial ANOVA, ANCOVA and MANOVA and non-parametric statistics. Lectures will also cover experimental design and Ethics in Psychology research. This module includes 2 hour/week lecture plus a 1-hour laboratory session. In addition, this module includes weekly POPPS sessions. You are required to attend the lectures as well as the laboratory and POPPS groups, in which attendance will be taken. This module is a core module, meaning that you must pass with a mark of >40% to continue to Year 3.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

• Adequate answer to the question, largely based on lecture material. • No real development of arguments.

good

• Reasonably comprehensive coverage. • Well organised and structured. • Good understanding of the material. • Clearly written

excellent

• Comprehensive and accurate coverage of the area clarity of argument and expression. • Depth of insight into theoretical issues. • Clarity of argument and expression.

Learning outcomes

  1. Collect data with a variety of experimental techniques and differentiate between the different experimental designs available for empirical research in psychology

  2. Calculate and interpret descriptive statistical analysis and interpret graphical representations of data.

  3. Produce a well written research report that follows the guidelines of the APA.

  4. Demonstrate an ability to communicate scientific research in both oral and written formats.

  5. Demonstrate a more advanced understanding of the use measurement, observation and experimental design as methodological techniques in psychology.

  6. Demonstrate an understanding of statistics as used in psychological research with particular emphasis on ANOVA techniques and their statistical analysis.

  7. Participate in ongoing psychological research through the SONA program as well as experiment-related homework assignments.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
COURSEWORK Weekly Homeworks 10
EXAM Mid Term Exam 15
EXAM Final Exam 20
REPORT Research Report 30
CLASS PARTICIPATION SONA 1 2.5
CLASS PARTICIPATION SONA 2 2.5
ROLE PLAY Small Roles 4
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT PS1 5
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT PS2 5
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT IMP 1 2
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT IMP 2 2
CLASS PARTICIPATION POPPS Participation 2
Research Report Draft 0

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Private study 167
Lecture 22
Workshop 11

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.

Subject specific skills

  • Understand the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
  • Communicate psychological concepts effectively in written form.
  • Communicate psychological concepts effectively in oral form.
  • Be computer literate for the purpose of processing and disseminating psychological data and information.
  • Retrieve and organise information effectively.
  • Handle primary source material critically.
  • Problem-solve by clarifying questions, considering alternative solutions, making critical judgements, and evaluating outcomes.
  • Reason scientifically and demonstrate the relationship between theory and evidence.
  • Use a range of statistical methods with confidence.
  • Use a variety of psychological tools, including specialist software, laboratory equipment and psychometric instruments.
  • Be aware of ethical principles and approval procedures.

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