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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: PSY2010 Module Title: RESEARCH METHODS 2:DESIGN
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PS.210A(DES)
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: DAVIES IR Prof (Psychology)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability

Run once throughout the year

Assessment Pattern

Project reports 25% each
In order to gain credit for the module, you must attain at least 30% on each report.  

You are reminded that attendance at research methods classes is compulsory.

Module Overview

Successful completion of all Level 1 core APS Psychology modules. All core level 2 APS Psychology modules are co-requisites.

Module Aims

This module aims to enable students to attain proficiency in the design of research projects, and in interpreting and evaluating psychological research.

Learning Outcomes

The course builds on the skills developed during the first year course so that at the end of year 2, the student should be familiar with a range of research designs, which they can apply in their final year projects and beyond.

Module Content

Structured laboratory exercises reflecting issues in research formulation, design and evaluation in the areas of Biological, Cognitive, Developmental and Social Psychology. The exercises will give experience in the design of experimental studies, qualitative and categorical approaches, and content analysis, and will use a variety of different data sources.

Individual sessions will be taken by different lecturers from differing psychological backgrounds. Again tutors will support the lecturers during the sessions. Unlike year 1, students will be expected to take a more purposeful role in designing, and performing studies; this may be individually, or within small groups. Students will also be expected to show increasing independence in analysing and reporting these studies.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

Laboratory based work

Selected Texts/Journals

Brace, N., Kemp, R. & Snelgar, R. (2000). SPSS for Psychologists. Basingstoke : Macmillan Press.
Breakwell, G.M., Hammond, S. & Fife-Schaw, C.R. (2000). Research Methods in Psychology. (2nd ed). London : Sage.
Howell, D.C. (1997). Statistical Methods for Psychology (4th ed). Boston : Duxbury Press.
Coolican, H. (2004). Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (4th ed). London : Hodder & Stoughton.
Kinnear, P.R. & Gray, C.D. (1997). SPSS for Windows Made Simple (2nd ed). Psychology Press, Hove.
Schweigert, W.A. (1994). Research Methods and Statistics for Psychology Pacific Grove, California : Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
Tabachnick, B.G. & Fidell, L.S. (1996). Using Mutivariate Statistics. (3rd ed). New York : Harper Collins.

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