SCQF Level: 10
Module Code: PSY410
Credit Value: 40
Term: Terms 1 and 2
School: School of Social and Health Sciences
This module requires students to design, conduct and analyse their own independent piece of research. As part of the module students are also expected to present their research findings. This module provides guidance and support for the honours project process.
The aim of this module is to provide the student with a critical understanding of the theoretical, conceptual and methodological options available for psychological research, design and analysis, and skills to design, analyse, execute and produce a report for a research project in psychology.
By the end of this module the student should be able to:
1. Design and conduct research which falls within BPS ethical guidelines.
2. Conduct a search of, and critically evaluate, the literature in your chosen research field.
3. Design and execute a piece of research in psychology.
4. Develop a working relationship with a supervisor, hold effective supervision meetings, plan and manage time.
5. Critically evaluate and successfully defend the choice of methodology and statistical analysis and (where applicable) apply software packages on statistical analysis and programming of experiments.
6. Present the completed project orally.
1 Working with a supervisor
Making the most of supervision, preparing for supervision meetings, becoming a confident independent learner, setting goals, evaluating progress.
2 Application of Methods and Statistics (Workshop-based)
Choosing appropriate methodologies. Using appropriate computer packages: e.g. SPSS and Excel. Use of specialised software: e.g. Superlab and E-Prime.
3 Becoming an effective researcher
Critically evaluating your own ideas, identifying the right question to ask, relating your ideas to the literature, ethical issues and how to address them.
4 Participating in the research community
Immersion in the literature. Organising research materials and keeping good records. Conducting meetings with outside agencies and communicating findings to participants.
5 Design and procedure
Methodological issues, techniques of analysis, limitations of statistical techniques, pilot work, creating experimental materials, making sure ideas are 'testable', problems with implementation.
Collecting data efficiently, keeping good records, ensuring data can be analysed, analysing data appropriately, interpreting the results. Ensuring confidentiality of data. Presenting data and research findings clearly.
7 Communicating results
Writing in APA (American Psychological Association) format, being your own editor, critiquing and reviewing your own work effectively, relating your findings to the literature. Presenting the main findings of the project orally.
8 Presentation skills
Organising material, presentations using multi-media. Personal confidence, audibility, modulation and diction in public speaking.
9 Personal Development Planning (PDP)
Students will be asked to reflect on their own learning development and current skills (e.g.CV's and Interview techniques) in order to develop employability awareness and prepare them for post graduate study and the workplace.
10 Writing skills
Developing a mature and confident writing style; correct editorial style for research projects. Trouble-shooting in writing skills; proof-reading.
Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment
The aim of this module is to provide the student with a critical understanding of the theoretical, conceptual and methodological options available for psychological research design. Supported by lectures and supervisors, students create and engage in independent research projects. Lectures cover material including time management and principles of presentations. Some labs are workshop-based where students are encouraged to work independently to gain knowledge and understanding of programmes such as E:Prime and Superlab while other workshops are designed to advise students on issues such as formatting and statistics when they near completion of their work. Two personal development planning sessions (Creating a CV and Effective Interviewing) are also included in this module to develop students' employability awareness and preparation as they near completion of their honours degree. Delivery and assessments are designed to align student development with the Abertay Attributes. The project process develops students' interpersonal skills to work, negotiate and collaborate with others (including supervisors and participants as well as potential external agencies) and develops both their problem-solving and decision making skills. This module has strong research-teaching linkages. The process of carrying out an independent piece of research develops students in to confident, motivated, inquisitive and reflective thinkers. The learning outcomes of the module are assessed via a written empirical research project (which includes a draft introduction and method assessment) and an oral research presentation based on the completed project. Teaching comprises a combination of lectures, help tutorials and workshops.
Teaching and Learning Work Loads
|Supervised Practical Activity||20|
|Unsupervised Practical Activity||50|
Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.