Postgraduate Course: Discovering Development (CLPS11049)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This online course provides an introduction to psychological research design and methods within a developmental context.
Discovering Development is suited to students with little or no prior training in psychological research and for students who are new to research with children and young people. The course provides the basics of quantitative and qualitative design; data collection methods, including how to adapt classic methods for use with children and adolescents in the clinical and general population; systematic reviews and meta-analyses. The course examines in some depth issues of ethics and consent in researching with children and young people.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Online Activities 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Learning is assessed through formative and summative means.
Assignment 1 - group project - worth 25% of total mark.
Assignment 2 - individual research (dissertation) proposal - worth 75% of total mark.
||Assignment 1 is a group project in which structured peer feedback under tutor supervision (formative feedback) is provided and responded to prior to submission for a group mark (summative assessment), assessed by a tutor (2000 words - 25%).
Assignment 2 is an individual research (dissertation) proposal. This assignment will benefit from feedback from assignment 1, and formative feedback will be provided by the proposed supervisor prior to submission for summative assessment (2500 words - 75%).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical and contextualised understanding of the key issues in research design and ethics.
- Evaluate the appropriateness of different methods of primary/secondary data collection based on issues of design, analysis and population of interest.
- Demonstrate research literacy through critical appraisal and synthesis of research.
- Develop a viable research proposal that can demonstrate logical links between research questions, design and (primary/secondary) data collection.
|Greig, A. Taylor, J. & MacKay, T. (2013) Doing Research with Children: A practical guide. London: Sage |
Chapters from the Handbook of Research Methods in Developmental Science by Teti Douglas
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Develop your research knowledge that will enable you to discuss, share, present and analyse data and information in various formats and from a range of sources
Develop your research methods and data analysis skills
Develop your critical reflection and writing skills
|Course organiser||Dr Angus Macbeth
|Course secretary||Mrs Lorna Sheal
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970
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