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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2019-2020 (archived)

Module PSYC40215: Research Practice

Department: Psychology

PSYC40215: Research Practice

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2019/20 Module Cap
Tied to C8K109
Tied to C8K009


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To provide training in a range of methodological approaches used in psychology
  • To provide practical training in a range of transferable skills relevant for professional and personal development


  • This module covers research methods in psychology: relationships between theory, research and dissemination and covers topics such as:
  • The experimental method, single case designs;
  • Ethical issues surrounding research;
  • Introduction to qualitative methods;
  • Project management;
  • Dissemination and presentation: writing styles and strategies for communicating to different audiences.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Critical understanding of research design and strategy, including the selection and interpretation of alternative methods and techniques
  • The ability to formulate researchable problems
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Capabilities for managing research practically
Key Skills:
  • Written communication skills
  • Transferable employment skills relevant for professional and personal development, including: ability to communicate complex information, time management and organisation of work

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • This module is taught through weekly two hour seminars for one term
  • This module is assessed formatively through a written assignment
  • Summative assessment of this module is through a written report

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Seminars 7 weekly in term 1 2 hours 14
Preparation and reading 136
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Report Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Report 2000 words 100% Yes

Formative Assessment:

2000 word assignment on topic derived from seminars

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University