Research Methods 1
Rhedir gan School of Human and Behavioural Sciences
20.000 Credyd neu 10.000 Credyd ECTS
Trefnydd: Dr Helen Morgan
This module introduces you to the research methods and statistics used to study psychological phenomena.
Students will cover topics including: The Scientific Method, Ethics, Research Design, Descriptive Statistics, Inferential Statistics, Visualising and Interpreting Findings, Reporting Results. There are two components to your module. Each week during the semester there will be a lecture to introduce a topic. To support this lecture, there will be a practical session where you will gain hands-on experience of research in psychology. The sessions involve discussions about a range of issues in experimental methods and statistics along with the opportunity to collect and manipulate data. Some of the activities will include designing research, undertaking data collection and analyses, using computer software to describe and analyse data, and learning how to communicate the results of research in written reports. There will also be an optional weekly drop-in session, which students can attend for additional help. Each student should expect to complete 200 hours of work for this module across the semester (including scheduled classes, independent research, and completing assignments).
Adequate answer to the question, largely based on lecture material. No real development of arguments.
Reasonably comprehensive coverage. Well organised and structured. Good understanding of the material.
Comprehensive and accurate coverage of the area clarity of argument and expression. Depth of insight into theoretical issues.
Conduct a literature review
Experience data collection with a variety of experimental techniques
Calculate and interpret basic statistical analyses
Produce a well written research report that follows the guidelines of the APA
Differentiate between the different experimental designs available for empirical research in psychology
Demonstrate a basic understanding of statistics as used in psychological research
Relate theoretical understandings of research methodology and design to live experience in participation in live research within the School
Participate in discussions of research issues and findings
Demonstrate a basic understanding of measurement, observation and experimental design as methodological techniques in psychology
Become proficient in using the statistical package SPSS: correctly inputting data, running the appropriate statistical analysis, and interpreting the output
Demonstrate the ability to productively work as part of a team by contributing, in the role of research participant, to the research conducted within the School of Psychology
Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
The lectures introduce the topics which will be practiced within each seminar
Students work in small groups in practical sessions
Participation in research studies via the SONA student participation panel
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- Rhifedd - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio rhifau ar lefelau priodol o gywirdeb
- Defnyddio cyfrifiaduron - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio ystod o feddalwedd cyfrifiadurol
- Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
- Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
- Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
- Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
- Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
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Sgiliau pwnc penodol
- Understand the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
- Apply multiple perspectives to psychological issues and integrate ideas and findings across the multiple perspectives in psychology.
- Communicate psychological concepts effectively in written 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.
- Use effectively personal planning and project management skills.
- Work effectively under pressure (time pressure, limited resources, etc) as independent and pragmatic learners.
- Problem-solve by clarifying questions, considering alternative solutions, making critical judgements, and evaluating outcomes.
- Reason scientifically and demonstrate the relationship between theory and evidence.
- Carry out empirical studies by operationalizing research questions, generating hypotheses, collecting data using a variety of methods, analysing data using quantitative and/or qualitative methods, and present and evaluate research findings (under appropriate supervision).
- Comprehend and use psychological data effectively, demonstrating a systematic knowledge of the application and limitations of various research paradigms and techniques.
- Use a range of statistical methods with confidence.
- Employ evidence-based reasoning and examine practical, theoretical and ethical issues associated with the use of different methodologies, paradigms and methods of analysis in psychology.
- Use a variety of psychological tools, including specialist software, laboratory equipment and psychometric instruments.
- Be aware of ethical principles and approval procedures.
Rhestrau Darllen Bangor (Talis)http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/prp-1001.html
Understanding quantitative and qualitative research in psychology: A practical guide to methods, statistics, and analysis. Victoria Bourne, Alana I. James, Kevin Wilson-Smith. ISBN: 9780198823049
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