NS7004: Advanced Research Methods

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NS7004: Advanced Research Methods

Module Title Advanced Research Methods
Module Code NS7004
Module Tutor Dr Claire Cooke
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

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.

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 36
Independent Learning Hours: 114
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 30% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 1,000 words
002: 35% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 1,500 words
003: 35% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 1,500 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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