NS7010: Research Methods and Analysis

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NS7010: Research Methods and Analysis

Module Title Research Methods and Analysis
Module Code NS7010
Module Tutor Jonathan Elcock
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

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.

Indicative Syllabus

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 72
Independent Learning Hours: 228
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 35% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 2000 words or equivalent
002: 45% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 2500 words or equivalent
003: 20% Written Exam: In-class, multiple choice: 1.00 hours
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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