Postgraduate Course: Psychological Research Skills (PSYL11065)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course covers fundamental skills relating to the psychological research process, from developing research ideas to designing and conducting an experiment, communicating research findings, and knowledge transfer.
Wk1: Foundations of Psychological Research: Replication, validity, what is a good theory?
Wk2: Publishing research and writing research proposals
Wk3: Public engagement and Knowledge Exchange
Wk4: Conference talks and posters
Wk5: Replication Crisis in Psychology
Wk6: Research Ethics
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Block 1 (Sem 1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 12,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Semester 1: 1000 word PhD research proposal prepared according to the PPLS postgraduate application guidelines, plus a 300 word lay summary of the proposed research. The proposal should usually be linked to the research theme of an academic member of staff within Psychology. Formative feedback will be provided, but a numerical mark will not be recorded.
Semester 2: Poster presentation of MSc Dissertation proposal to be presented at Psychology MSc poster day. Formative feedback will be provided, but a numerical mark will not be recorded, only Pass / Fail.
||Formatively assessed using spoken and written feedback.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- understand the relationship between research ideas and the formulation of testable hypotheses
- communicate research ideas and findings in a variety of formats to specialist and non-specialist audiences
- appreciate the importance of public engagement and knowledge transfer in the research process
- understand ethical considerations relating to psychological research design
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Attend all lectures as scheduled
|Course organiser||Dr Billy Lee
Tel: (0131 6)50 3342
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188