PSY40060 Research Methods

Academic Year 2019/2020

The main aim of this module is to familiarise students with the range of research methodologies that are available in both qualitative and quantitative research. Students are also made aware of the theoretical approaches underlying research and applied issues in real world research. The course also aims to provide students with some of the skills required to critically evaluate research. This module is particularly suitable for students with limited research background or experience. Please note that the module runs on Friday afternoons in Weeks 1-6 of Spring.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students should be able to:
1. Critically evaluate approaches to research
2. Identify the benefits and limitations of different methods available in research
3. Understand the elements of research design.

Indicative Module Content:

Introduction to research
Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Research Design
Sampling and Data Collection Techniques
Research Ethics

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module includes a number of approaches:
- The main method of delivery is lectures but these are interactive with questions and group work used to engage the class
- Active learning - Over the course of the lectures students work to design and complete a mini systematic review, with guidance from the lecturer on the key phases and decisions
- Peer and group work - The systematic review is completed in pairs, with students using part of the class each week to actively work on their assignment.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
PSY40540 - Applied Research Methods

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Attendance: Attendance and participation Unspecified n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Group Project: 2000 word report of a mini systematic review Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students are provided with written feedback following completion of the final assignment

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Spring: First 6 Weeks Fri 14:00 - 16:50