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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
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);
On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:
1. Identify relevant literature in support of research questions, and to formulate such questions;
2. Decide upon the correct method of investigation in a given situation
3. Critique psychological research and identify design and methodological flaws;
4. Design an ethical, feasible, valid and reliable research study;
5. Design a psychological measure;
6. Conduct qualitative analyses;
Conduct and interpret advanced quantitative analyses using SPSS.
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