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Undergraduate Course: Investigating Behaviour: research methods in psychology (LLLI07015)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
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.
Reading List
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.
Web sources
BBC Science and Nature Resource The Mind:
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Please contact Reception to arrange a confidential appointment with our Student Guidance Advisor if you feel you have specific study requirements to enable you to study an Open Studies course or complete assessments. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.
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Course organiserMr James Mooney
Tel: (0131 6)50 3077
Course secretaryMs Marie Craft
Tel: (0131 6)50 3943
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