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Module PHP-3000:
Project (Psych w CLH Psych)

Module Facts

Run by School of Psychology

40 Credits or 20 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Awel Vaughan-Evans

Overall aims and purpose

The aim of this module is to provide students with first-hand experience of conducting psychological research. This will further develop their skills in collating and reviewing literature, experimental design, data collection, data analysis and interpretation. It also gives students the opportunity to develop their planning, organizational and team-working abilities.

Course content

Students will be engage with all aspects of the research process, including designing experiments, considering ethical issues, testing participants, analysing data, and writing research reports.

Assessment Criteria


• Knowledge of key research areas/principles only • Weaknesses in understanding of the research area • Limited evidence of background study into topic • Research report only poorly focussed on question and with some irrelevant material and poor structure • Arguments presented but lack coherence • Several factual/computational errors • No original interpretation • Only major links between topics are described • Limited problem solving • Many weaknesses in presentation and accuracy


• Comprehensive knowledge of research area • Detailed understanding of research area • Extensive background study into topic • Highly focussed and well structured research report
• Logically presented and defended arguments • No factual/computational errors • Original interpretation • New links between topics are developed • New approach to the research problem • Excellent presentation with very accurate communication


• Strong knowledge of the research area • Understands most but not all of the research area • Evidence of background study into topic • Focussed research report with good structure • Arguments presented coherently • Mostly free of factual/computational errors • Some limited original interpretation • Well known links between topics described • Problems addressed by existing methods/approaches • Good presentation with accurate communication

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify and carry out appropriate data analyses.

  2. Develop confidence in oral presentation of psychological material (POPPS).

  3. Critically evaluate arguments and synthesise research in a particular domain.

  4. Apply and describe relevant research methodologies appropriate to a particular domain.

  5. Discuss and evaluate study findings in the context of research literature.

  6. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues in conducting psychological research in written format and by conducting the research in line with the British Psychological Society ethical guidelines for research.

  7. Demonstrate the ability to communicate scientific research in both written and oral formats (POPPS).

  8. Demonstrate the ability to condense, synthesise and present information about own scientific research in an oral format.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
ORAL Oral Presentation

The oral component of your Project grade is split into POPPS and the final oral presentation. Each is worth 5% of the total grade, but POPPS is marked as a 50% exemption of the Oral grade.

The dissertation presentations will take place on the 26th and 27th May 2020. You will receive more information about the schedule closer to the time.


Teaching and Learning Strategy

Individual Project 400

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
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • 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.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Engage in effective teamwork for the purpose of collaborating on psychological projects.
  • Be sensitive and react appropriately to contextual and interpersonal psychological factors.
  • 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.
  • Understand and investigate the role of brain function in all human behaviour and experience.
  • 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.

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