Postgraduate Course: Research Methods in Applied Psychology (CLPS11066)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides an introduction to psychological research design and methods.
Research Methods in Applied Psychology aims to introduce students to a range of basic research methods in clinical psychology. The course caters for students from a range of backgrounds, including those who are new to research. The topics covered include: framing research questions, observational and experimental designs, data collection approaches, systematic literature review and ethical considerations of research. The course explores both the theoretical underpinnings of research design and the practical considerations and constraints of real-life research. It is taught in a flipped classroom format with online lectures, activities and readings each week followed by a face-to-face workshop.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Individual Research Proposal - 3,500 - 4,000 words (100%)
||Learning is assessed through formative and summative means.
Assignment 1 is a formative group project in which students present a research proposal to a mock funding panel and receive structured peer and tutor feedback.
Assignment 2 is an individual research proposal, including an extended discussion examining the reasoning underpinning core elements of the proposal. This is a summative assignment of between 3500 and 4000 words and contributes 100% of marks for this course.
|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.
|Barker, C., Pistrang, N. and Elliot, R. (2016) Research Methods in Clinical Psychology (3rd Edition)|
|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 Helen Sharpe
Tel: (0131 6)51 3949
|Course secretary||Mrs Lorna Sheal
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970