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This module enhances postgraduate forensic psychology students’ knowledge and skills for conducting, analysing and interpreting research in the field of forensic psychology. Particular focus will be placed upon developing critical thinking, which is an essential part of a critical research consumer. For this reason, the module aims to answer questions such as ‘Why are we carrying out the research?’ and ‘How can we achieve the research objectives?’ The module focuses upon both qualitative and quantitative techniques and the knowledge gained. will be useful for conducting research and as tools for professional practice. Students are expected to possess some prior knowledge of conducting parametric tests (e.g., interpreting basic SPSS outcomes, factorial ANOVAs). As such, students are encouraged to take the necessary steps to ensure knowledge before the course starts.
A student passing this module should be able to:
1. Demonstrate the ability to identify and critically select appropriate literature to formulate and answer research questions/hypotheses (e.g., quantitative), or contextualise research aims (e.g., qualitative)
2. Show autonomy and ability in designing a feasible and ethical research study that can appropriately address a given research question
3. Demonstrate the ability to conduct qualitative/quantitative analyses and report the outcomes according to discipline conventions (e.g., format)
4. Illustrate critical thinking through the ability to understand and evaluate the current literature and approaches, identifying the limits within methodological literature and designs
5. Conduct and interpret advanced quantitative analyses using appropriate statistical tools (e.g., analysis)
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