Social Practical II

Module titleSocial Practical II
Module codePSY2213
Academic year2015/6
Module staff

Dr Joseph Sweetman (Convenor)

Dr Joseph Sweetman (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

Are you interested in finding out how social psychological research is actually conducted? This module provides you with the chance to roll up your sleeves and get involved in designing, conducting, analysing and reporting a real piece of social psychological research. We will focus on how to conduct research that allows us to better understand important real world social issues, such as how to get people to behave in ways that are less damaging to the environment.

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. This module will have a particular focus on the application of social psychological principles to applied issues in society.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

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

  • 1. Illustrate the principles of research design and develop, conduct and analyse appropriately experimental and/or survey research within an applied social psychological context
  • 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 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: Oral presentation guidelines, writing a good introduction, understanding interaction effects

• 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-hour classes each term introducing a wide range of methods across various domains of psychology. These four sessions are compulsory and will run in parallel with your chosen practical sessions during specific weeks (to be confirmed) in Terms 1 and 2.

Learning and teaching

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

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


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group (oral) presentation of research findings25 minutesAllOral group-specific feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Research proposal151500 wordsAllWritten feedback at the group level
Practical report853000 wordsAllWritten


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. Where you have been referred/deferred in the research proposal you will be required to resubmit the proposal. Where you have been referred/deferred in the practical report you will be required to resubmit the report. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%; deferred marks are not capped.


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.

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Key words search

Psychology, social

Credit value15
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

PSY1206 or equivalent subject-specific study

Module co-requisites

PSY2206 and PSY2203 or equivalent

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