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Undergraduate Course: Psychology Methodology 2 (PSYL10035)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course focuses on a range of approaches to the design of experiments and the analysis of data. The examination consists of two sections; students must answer questions from each section. One section of the exam covers the qualitative methods section of the course. There is less emphasis on practical work than in Methodology 1 but some practical work is included in the course where appropriate, and question content may require students to comment on practical design/analysis issues.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Psychology Methodology 1 (PSYL10034)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Psychology courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) and a basic background in statistics. We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the rationale underlying qualitative methodologies, and know about various means of collecting qualitative data, and related conceptual issues
  2. Have a basic practical understanding of how to do discursive psychology
  3. Understand the underlying rationale and process of interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA)
  4. Understand experimental design issues in psychological research
  5. Be able to evaluate the qualitative and quantitative research methods covered in this course
Reading List
Week 1
Lamont, P. (2015). Doing student projects in conceptual and historical issues: the potential for discourse analysis. History and Philosophy of Psychology, 16, 53-60.
Willig, C. (2008). Introducing Qualitative Research in Psychology: Adventures in theory and method. 2nd Edition. Buckingham: Open University Press.
Weeks 2-4
Barbour, R. (2014). Introducing Qualitative Research: A Student's Guide (2nd edition). London: Sage.
Braun, V. and Clarke, V. (2013). Successful Qualitative Research: A Practical Guide for Beginners. London: Sage.
Saldana, J. (2014). The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers (2nd edition). London: Sage.
Week 5
Langdridge, D. (2007). Phenomenological Psychology: Theory, Research and Method. Pearson. See chapters 2, 5, and 7.
Week 8
Crocker, L., & Algina, A. (1986). Introduction to Classical and Modern Test Theory. Austin, TX: Holt, Rinehart, & Winston.
Week 9
Teti, D.M. (ed.) (2006). Handbook of Research Methods in Developmental Science. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. See chapters 1 (Robinson, Schmidt & Teti) and 3 (Lavelli et al.)
Week 10
Huettel, S.A., Song, A.W. & McCarthy, G. (2009). Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 2nd edition. Sunderland, MA.: Sinauer Associates (Chapter 1 up to page 15)
Luck, S.J. (2005). An Introduction to the Event-Related Potential Technique. Cambridge, MA.: MIT Press (Chapter 1 up to page 34)
Week 11
Crawford, J.R., Garthwaite, P.H. & Gray, C.D. (2003). Wanted: fully operational definitions of dissociations in single-case studies. Cortex 39: 357-370. (See also other papers in this issue).

Additional references will be given during the course.
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Course organiserDr Morag Donaldson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3437
Course secretaryMiss Susan Richards
Tel: (0131 6)51 3733
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