NS4106: Developing Psychological Knowledge

NS4106: Developing Psychological Knowledge

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Module Title Developing Psychological Knowledge
Module Code NS4106
Module Tutor Steven Baker
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

This module expands on NS4105, to consider conceptual and methodological aspects of theory development in psychology. The module introduces a range of theoretical approaches in psychology, considering the principles and assumptions underpinning each approach. Key theories are introduced and evaluated, and research exercises show the approaches in practice. The module examines the role of evidence in developing and supporting theories, and introduces a range of analysis techniques that are used in developing psychological theory.


Indicative Syllabus

Approaches to psychology - neuroscience, cognitivism, social constructionism, trait, and developmental approaches

Assumptions, methods, and key theories in each approach

Evaluating and comparing approaches

Data distributions and hypothesis testing

Selected statistical tests of difference and association

Selected qualitative methodologies, including interviewing

Qualitative analysis using a specified analytical technique (e.g. thematic analysis)


Learning Outcomes

Students who pass the module will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Knowledge of a range of theoretical approaches in psychology.
  2. The ability to evaluate competing approaches.
  3. Awareness of the association between theory and evidence in developing psychological knowledge.
  4. Skills in a range of quantitative analyses in psychological research.
  5. Skills in collecting and analysing qualitative data.
  6. The ability to reflect on personal perspectives in research.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 72
Independent Learning Hours: 228
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 30% Assignment: Group:: 1500 words or equivalent
002: 30% Assignment: Individual: 1500 words or equivalent
003: 40% Exam: Unseen, Closed Book: 1.50 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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