PSY-10036 - Introduction to Research Design for Psychology
Coordinator: Katie Wright Bevans Tel: +44 1782 7 32947
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733736

Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

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.

To introduce students to different types of research design and different types of data in Psychology.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

identify and describe different research designs and different types of data: 1,2
describe different philosophical approaches to research and knowledge: 1,2
describe core ethical considerations when conducting research with human participants: 1,3
explain recruitment and sampling considerations associated with different research designs: 1
describe when and how to collect and analyse appropriate qualitative data to answer a given research question: 1
calculate appropriate descriptive statistics and interpret results:

Study hours

10 hours lectures
20 hours labs
120 hours of other private study.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Coursework weighted 20%
Regular Coursework
Four coursework exercises will be set over the course of the semester. These will require students to submit short (approximately 200 words) answers.

2: Exam weighted 40%
Multiple choice exam
Open book 2-hour exam

3: Research Report weighted 40%
Lab report
Students will be required to submit a 1000 word lab report consisting of an abstract, introduction and method sections