PSY-30122 - Research Methods in Social and Developmental Psychology for Study Abroad Students
Coordinator: Ching-Yu Huang Tel: +44 1782 7 33330
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733736

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

This module aims to advance your understanding of qualitative research methods used in Psychology and builds on the content of the first year research methods modules. The module is delivered in weekly lectures and lab classes. The qualitative research methods component includes a range of data collection methods (e.g. interview and written accounts) and different approaches to data analysis (such as thematic analysis, IPA, and discourse analysis). The other half of the module requires you to demonstrate your knowledge of social and developmental psychology with an individual report.
This module enables you to cover all curriculum content that could otherwise be missed for BPS accreditation if you opted to study abroad for a semester.

This module aims to advance student understanding of qualitative research methods used in social and developmental psychology. It builds on the content of first year methods modules (PSY-10031 and PSY-10036) and the first year social and developmental psychology module (PSY-10033).

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

Critically evaluate theory and research in developmental and social psychology: 1
Independently locate, study, and synthesise knowledge from different academic sources within the field of developmental and social psychology: 1
Design appropriate data collection and analysis strategies to answer research questions: 2
Conduct, analyse and evaluate qualitative research and write up a qualitative lab report using APA formatting: 2
To appreciate the ways in which knowledge of social and developmental psychology is advanced through research: 1

Study hours

11 hours of lectures
22 hours of lab sessions
45 hours preparation of short paper
45 hours preparation of individual report
27 hours independent study time

School Rules

This module is only available to Psychology students returning from semester abroad.

Description of Module Assessment

1: Short Paper weighted 50%
Lay summaries
You will complete two (2) summaries plus critiques of assigned papers in a popular outreach format. You will write either 500 words (x2) in a blog/substack, or as a twitter thread. You must summarise core information from the paper, including extracting and interpreting figures, and present them in such a way that they are understandable to a lay audience. Images from the paper, as well appropriate images/gifs are encouraged. If you choose the blog/substack, you will write in that media (i.e., a set of paragraphs), if you choose the tweet-thread, you will write 500 words broken into 10-15 individual tweets. These two items will be submitted as part of a single submission consisting of 1000 words total.

2: Individual Report weighted 50%
Individual Qualitative Report
Students will complete a 2,200 word individual qualitative lab report based on the qualitative theory and practical qualitative methods approaches covered within the module. Students work on a research subject selected at the beginning of the module. The individual qualitative report will include most elements of an empirical paper method, results, conclusion.