Social Practical I

Module titleSocial Practical I
Module codePSY2210
Academic year2014/5
Credits15
Module staff

Dr Andrew Livingstone (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

11

Number students taking module (anticipated)

100

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

Communication Social Practical provides you with the opportunity to conduct your own communication-based research project in groups and with the close support of academic staff. These projects are designed to illustrate the ways in which communication can have important implications for our everyday functioning and social relationships, exploring contemporary topics such as stereotype communication or gossip. You will have the opportunity to design your own research project to test your own novel hypotheses. You will then test these ideas by collecting and analysing data. This module allows you to develop a range of skills that will equip you for independent research (whether later in your degree or in employment) as well as providing a greater depth of knowledge about the fascinating topic of communication processes.    

 

Module aims - intentions of the module

The purpose of this module is to provide you with detailed knowledge of, and specific training in, contemporary social psychology research. The module aims to provide you with a critical understanding of the research process by giving you the opportunity to be involved in cutting edge research conducted with a leader in the field. Specifically, you will gain experience in research design, data collection, data analysis and written and verbal communication of findings. These skills are central to success in most contemporary workplaces.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Illustrate the principles of research and design and develop, conduct and analyse appropriately experimental research in social psychology
  • 2. Translate these principles into practice by collecting and analysing data
  • 3. Report on social psychological research, describing in detail one contemporary area of social psychological research

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Illustrate detailed factual and conceptual knowledge of the subject and identify a variety of ideas, contexts and frameworks
  • 5. Review and critically evaluate published work and identify the strengths and weaknesses of this work, and at a well-developed level structure this literature to present logical and coherent arguments
  • 6. Solve complex problems systematically, think critically and creatively and appreciate the complexities of the issues at a well-developed level
  • 7. Apply essential principles in designing research and critically evaluate and analyse empirical evidence and assess the reliability of empirical evidence using a range of defined techniques
  • 8. Discuss the wider ethical issues relating to the subject and its application at a well-developed level

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 9. Interact effectively within a learning group, giving and receiving information and ideas and modifying responses where appropriate
  • 10. Manage learning using resources for the discipline
  • 11. Evaluate your own strengths and weaknesses, challenge received opinion and develop your own criteria and judgment, and seek and make use of feedback
  • 12. Manage and select information and data from a range of sources and develop appropriate information finding strategies
  • 13. Take responsibility for your own learning with minimum direction
  • 14. Communicate effectively in the manner appropriate to the discipline and in a variety of formats
  • 15. Identify key areas of problems and choose appropriate methods for their resolution in a considered manner
  • 16. Act with increasing autonomy, with reduced need for supervision and direction, within defined guidelines
  • 17. Manage time effectively to meet deadlines

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

• Week 1: Overview of course and research area

• Week 2: Overview of introductory study

• Week 3: Small group session- Designing your study

• Week 4: Small group session- Designing your materials

• Week 5: Data collection strategies and creating a data entry spreadsheet

• Week 6: Guidelines and tips for oral presentations

• Week 7: Lab session- Data entry

• Week 8: Lab session- Data analysis

• Week 9: Small group session- Data interpretation

• Week 10: Small group session- Oral Presentations

• Week 11: Trouble shooting for Report write-up

In addition to the above eleven 2-hour workshop sessions there will be four 2-hr classes each term introducing a wide range of methods across various domains of psychology. These four sessions will run in parallel with your chosen practical sessions during Term One (wks 2-4, 9) and Term Two (wks tbc).

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
221280

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching22Practicals (11 x 2 hours)
Guided Independent Study20Designing a research study and writing a proposal (group-based)
Guided Independent Study40Running and analysing a research study (group-based)
Guided Independent Study18Preparing an oral presentation (group-based)
Guided Independent Study50Literature review and writing of individual practical report

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group oral presentation of research findingsAllGroup

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Research proposal151500 wordsAllSmall research group specific feedback
Practical report853000 wordsAllStudent specific feedback

Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Research proposalResearch proposalAllAugust Ref/Def
Practical reportPractical reportAllAugust Ref/Def

Re-assessment notes

Two assessments are required for this module. For the research proposal and practical report, the reassessment will be the same as the original assessment. Where you have been referred/deferred in the research proposal you will be required to resubmit the proposal. This will constitute 15% of the module. Where you have been referred/deferred in the practical report you will be required to resubmit the report. This will constitute 85% of the module. Deferred marks are not capped; referred marks are capped at 40%.

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Haslam, S.A., & McGarty, C. (1998). Doing psychology: An introduction to research methodology and

statistics. London: Sage.

Reading on the research topics for this year’s course will be provided at the beginning of the term.

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Social psychology, practical, communication, research experience

Credit value15
Module ECTS

7.5

Module pre-requisites

PSY1205/A, PSY1206 and PSY1203 or equivalent

Module co-requisites

PSY2206/A and PSY2203 or equivalent

NQF level (module)

5

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

01/12/2011

Last revision date

18/09//2013