NS7004: Advanced Research Methods


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NS7004: Advanced Research Methods

Module Title Advanced Research Methods
Module Code NS7004
Module Tutor Rachel Sumner
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

This module provides postgraduate psychology students with practical learning skills for conducting, analysing and interpreting research. This module focuses upon methods of reviewing and critiquing literature, research ethics, design, validity and reliability, designing psychological measures, qualitative and quantitative forms of analysis.

Students are expected to possess prior knowledge of conducting parametric tests e.g., factorial ANOVA

Indicative Syllabus

This module focuses specifically on: 

1.      Consuming published research;

2.      Ethical issues in research;

3.      Effect size, power analysis and data collection;

4.      Measure design, reliability and validity;

5.      Using SPSS;

6.      Quantitative analyses (e.g. multiple and logistic regression, Factorial ANOVA, ANCOVA, MANOVA, Meta analysis);

7.      Qualitative analyses (e.g. Discourse analysis, IPA, Thematic analysis);

Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify relevant literature to formulate research questions/hypotheses (quantitative), or contextualise research aims (qualitative)
  2. Design an ethical and feasible research study that can appropriately address a given research question
  3. Conduct qualitative/quantitative analyses and report the results according to discipline conventions
  4. An ability to critically evaluate the design and conduct of research in a manner consistent with the epistemological underpinnings of that approach
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 36
Independent Learning Hours: 114
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 30% Coursework: Individual, other: 1,000 words
002: 70% Coursework: Individual, other: 2,000 words
Special Assessment Requirements None
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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