Current Research Issues in Psychological Research Methods

Module titleCurrent Research Issues in Psychological Research Methods
Module codePSYM212
Academic year2017/8
Credits15
Module staff

Dr Heather O'Mahen (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

11

11

Number students taking module (anticipated)

24

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module addresses current issues in psychological research methods used in cognitive neuroscience, clinical, and social psychology. A series of research seminars and a weekly seminar hour allows for critical appraisal of these seminars, consequently requiring you to compose a number of thought papers on a selection of topics.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to enable you to sample and learn from a wide range of examples of current research within a specific discipline, using the expertise of visiting specialists, Psychology’s academic staff, and advanced postgraduate research students. It aims to develop a critical awareness of the broad range of research methods available in the context of discussion of, and reflection on, larger issues of scientific method. It aims to develop expertise in critical analysis and research design and encourage the communication of ideas in a concise and engaging manner.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

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

  • 1. Discuss in detail the types of research questions that are being addressed in your specific discipline
  • 2. Describe extensively current methods and their applications in your specific discipline
  • 3. Summarise at an advanced level the problems that arise in research development across a range of topics

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

  • 4. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of a range of methodologies
  • 5. Adequately relate specific research questions to appropriate methodology

ILO: Personal and key skills

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

  • 6. Engage in advanced critical analysis of research design
  • 7. Discuss research with instructors and peers
  • 8. Work effectively with others as a member of a group and meet obligations to others
  • 9. Undertake independent learning and self-directed study (including good time management and the setting of appropriate deadlines, precise clarification of the aims and expected results of research, library use and website investigation)

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

You will be expected to attend seven 2 hour research seminars relevant to your research stream. In the first hour, you will attend regular seminars organised for the MDC group; alternatively or additionally you can attend the school seminars or the cognitive seminars. These seminars will provide you with an opportunity to hear about and discuss research projects in progress. In the second hour, you will engage in an in-depth discussion and critical analysis of methods used in the research.

Learning and teaching

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
141360

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching14Research seminars (7 x 2 hours)
Guided Independent Study136Background reading

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Thought paper500 words1-6, 8-9Written

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
Seminar participation10Weekly1-8Oral
Thought paper 1 18700 words1-6, 8-9Written
Thought paper 218700 words1-6, 8-9Written
Thought paper 318700 words1-6, 8-9Written
Thought paper 418700 words1-6, 8-9Written
Thought paper 518700 words1-6, 8-9Written

Re-assessment

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Thought papersThought papers1-5, 8By the end of the Easter vacation

Re-assessment notes

Seminar participation is not referable or deferrable. In line with MSc marking conventions, you will only have the opportunity to re-submit work on assessment components that commenced in Term 1 (i.e., the thought papers). If you obtain an overall mark below 50% on the thought paper component of the module, you will be able to re-submit any thought papers that scored below 50%. In re-submitting thought papers, you will need to write your thought paper on a different article to your original submission and you should be aware of the guidelines surrounding plagiarism and academic misconduct. Marks for re-assessed work will be capped at 50%.

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Seminar speakers will provide a reading list for students.

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Research, research methods, psychological

Credit value15
Module ECTS

7.5

Module pre-requisites

None

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

7

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

01/09/2011

Last revision date

31/08/2012