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: 1,2
explain recruitment and sampling considerations associated with different research designs: 1,2
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 guided independent study

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Research Proposal weighted 40%
Brief Research Proposals
2 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 report
Students will be required to submit a 1000 word lab report consisting of an abstract, introduction, method and descriptive statistics sections