Undergraduate Course: Investigating Behaviour: research methods in psychology (LLLI07015)
|School||Centre for Open Learning
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This is a for-credit course offered by the Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL); only students registered with OLL should be enrolled.
The course will introduce you to the various research methods used by psychology to investigate behaviour. We will cover a variety of topics: the research process; experimental / non-experimental research methods; quantitative and qualitative data; primary and secondary sources. Finally, basic statistical analysis and ethical issues that arise when conducting research in psychology will be discussed.
1. The relationship between science and psychology.
This theme continues throughout the course.
2. The research process; quantitative and qualitative data; primary and secondary sources.
3. Research methods - the experimental method (1): rationale - hypotheses; independent and dependent variables and types of experiment.
4. Research methods - the experimental method (2): types of experimental designs.
5. Research methods - the experimental method (3): critique of the experimental method.
6. Research methods - non-experimental methods (1): social survey - interviews and questionnaires; Case Study.
7. Research methods - non-experimental methods (2): observational method; correlation.
8. Basic data analysis: mean; median; mode; range and standard deviation.
9. Conducting research in psychology.
10. Course summary.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| By the end of this course, students should be able to:
¿ Explain the relationship between science and psychology;
¿ Describe the research process;
¿ Explain the terms quantitative/ qualitative data and primary/ secondary sources;
¿ Describe the experimental method, non-experimental methods and basic statistical analysis;
¿ Describe how psychological research is carried out, specifically highlighting ethical issues.
|The Tutor will supply the necessary material. If students wish to purchase a general book of psychology, one possible choice would be:|
Martin, G.N., Carlson N.R., and Buskist, W., 2007. Psychology. 3rd Edition. Harlow: Pearson.
BBC Science and Nature Resource ¿ The Mind:
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
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|Course organiser||Mr James Mooney
Tel: (0131 6)50 3077
|Course secretary||Ms Marie Craft
Tel: (0131 6)50 3943