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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PS.M46
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: MILLWARD PURVIS LJ Dr (Psychology)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability

Autumn Semester

Assessment Pattern

Units of Assessment
Percentage weighting
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Module Overview

Undergraduate Research Methods

Module Aims

1. To provide students with advanced knowledge and understanding of research-based practice (analysis, formulation, implementation, evaluation) in accordance with all eight Level 1 British Psychological Society competencies which are prerequisite for Chartered Status.

2. To train students in the informed and systematic application of the research-practitioner model involving the development of skills for the in-depth analysis [using quantitative and qualitative methods, techniques & tools] and conceptualisation of practical issues, taking into consideration a) the wider social, economic and political context b) legal imperatives [e.g. Equal Opportunities] and c) micro-political and ethical sensitivities.

3. To develop skills in the formulation of research questions and design of research to be conducted in organisational settings, taking into consideration issues of sampling, securing the co-operation of employees,

4. To provide opportunities to develop the basic interpersonal, technical and communication skills required for the effective design of strategies, methods and techniques for purposes of individual and organisational analysis and intervention. 

5. To develop skills in writing proposals for organisational analysis and intervention.

6. To develop skills in report writing and verbal presentation for business and organisational audiences.

7. To develop skills in planning, running and analysing data derived from focus groups, critical incident interviews, diaries, observation, repertory grid exercises and employee surveys.

Learning Outcomes
Module Content

Week 1: A scientist & scientist-practitioner framework for analysis and intervention

Week 2: Gaining access to organisations – presentation and persuasion

Week 3: Consulting skills

Week 4: Business skills in occupational psychology

Week 5: Choosing a method of investigation and analysis

Week 6: The research interview

Week 7: Qualitative analysis

Week 8: Repertory grids (with a small group workshop)

Week 9: Business presentations

Week 10: The MSc dissertation – proposal, supervision process and relationship, and self-management techniques

Methods of Teaching/Learning
Interactive workshops interjected with lectures
Selected Texts/Journals
Breakwell, G. & Millward, L.J. (1995). Basic Evaluation Methods: Measuring Performance, Practice and Procedure. BPS Books. Leicester . 
Brewerton, P. & Millward, L.M. (2001) Organizational Research Methods. Sage. 
Cassell, C., & Symon, G. (1994). Qualitative Methods in Organisational Research: A Practical Guide. Sage Publications. London . 
Harrison , M.I. (1994). Diagnosing Organisations: Methods, Models and Processes. Sage Publications. London . 
Millward, L.J. (2005) Understanding Occupational and Organizational Psychology.  London : Sage. 
Smith, J.A. (2003) Qualitative Psychology.  London :Sage.  
Last Updated
15th August 2006