Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module provides an introduction to research design used in Psychology. During weekly lab classes you will take part in a range of different studies. This gives you first hand experience of psychological research in action. It teaches you how to design and conduct psychological research in an ethical manner, calculate descriptive statistics and how to write up the findings of the research. An overview of each of the different research designs and types of data is given in the associated lecture each week.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/psy-10036/lists
To introduce students to different types of research design and different types of data in Psychology.
Intended Learning Outcomes
identify and describe different research designs and different types of data: 1,2describe different philosophical approaches to research and knowledge: 1,2describe core ethical considerations when conducting research with human participants: 1,2explain recruitment and sampling considerations associated with different research designs: 1,2describe when and how to collect and analyse appropriate qualitative data to answer a given research question: 12calculate appropriate descriptive statistics and interpret results:
10 hours lectures20 hours labs120 hours of guided independent study
1: Research Proposal weighted 40%
Description of Module Assessment
Brief Research Proposals2 x 500 word research proposals, one utilising qualitative methodology and the other utilising quantitative methodology. This will be highly structured and brief so as Level 4 appropriate - students will be presented with a social issue and asked to design one qualitative and one quantitative research project to investigate the issue, structured headings (e.g. recruitment strategy, design, procedure) will guide students. This assessment utilises problem-based learning to encourage students to think broadly about research design considerations in a variety of ways.2: Research Report weighted 60%
Partial lab reportStudents will be required to submit a 1000 word lab report consisting of an abstract, introduction, method and descriptive statistics sections