Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.
This module develops knowledge of the statistical, experimental and qualitative techniques that are fundamental to psychology as an empirical discipline. The techniques developed will be required for the dissertation.
Topics to be covered by this module include: -
Introduction to research paradigms in psychology
Using the University journal collection
Ethics in psychology research
Quantitative and qualitative epistemology and methodology
Evaluating and choosing research designs.
Parametric statistical analysis, including, ANOVA and multiple regression.
Qualitative approaches including observational techniques, textual analysis and the Action Research Cycle.
Critical reflection in the research process.
A student passing this module should be able to demonstrate the following:
1) The ability to identify, perform and interpret a selection of statistical analyses.
2) An ability to critically reflect on the design and conduct of quantitative research.
3) A critical appreciation of qualitative epistemology and methodology.
4) The ability to select, apply and evaluate a selection of qualitative methodologies.
5) The ability to report on empirical research according to professional and disciplinary standards.
6) Information technology skills in conducting empirical analysis.
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