NS7126: Research Methods


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NS7126: Research Methods

Module Title Research Methods
Module Code NS7126
Module Tutor Steven Baker
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

The use of evidence based research in professional practice is increasingly influencing the practice of all disciplines within psychology and business. Evidence-based practice involves a process of decision-making that integrates research evidence, practitioner expertise and critical evaluation. The aims of the module are to equip students with sound knowledge and understanding of research for professional practice. There will be emphasis on the ability to critically appraise and synthesize high quality research in peer reviewed journals. Students will develop and demonstrate advanced skills in ethical research design, qualitative and quantitative methods, and presentation of research findings.

Indicative Syllabus

Topics build on undergraduate experience in research methods and include:


  1. Approaches to research
  • ontology, epistemology and method
  • selection and design of approaches
  • using research to solve real world problems; evaluation research and presenting outcomes to a client
  • research ethics
  1. Quantitative data gathering and analysis
  • Experimental methods
  • Correlational designs: big data sets and design of questionnaires
  • Univariate and multivariate statistics
  1. Qualitative data gathering and analysis
  • Interview and focus groups
  • Action research
  • thematic analysis
  • interpretative phenomenological analysis
  • ethnography
Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Analyse, synthesise and critique psychological and business research
  2. Design research that is ethical, feasible, valid and reliable
  3. Select appropriate methods of data gathering and analysis including advanced qualitative and quantitative techniques
  4. Deploy research to evaluate and advise on interventions, and to report in registers suitable for informing professional practice in the occupational psychology domain.


Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 24
Independent Learning Hours: 126
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, portfolio: 4000 words
Special Assessment Requirements
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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