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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences : Psychology

Postgraduate Course: Specialist Techniques in Psychological Research (PSYL11070)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course introduces students to a range of specialist techniques used in psychological research. Topics include some or all of: single case neuropsychological studies, family and twin studies, eye-tracking, EEG, fMRI, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. Students will have a choice of topics.
Course description This course will cover a variety of specialist techniques for data collection and/or quantitative data analysis that are used in different areas of contemporary psychological research. It will cover the advantages and disadvantages of these, considering the sorts of research questions to which each might be applied, and provide basic instruction in using them. Teaching will be in the form of lectures, seminar-style workshops and lab classes.

At a minimum, for each technique covered, you should get a good overview of the sorts of research question that a given technique is suited to addressing, the sorts of data that it yields, and how those data are dealt with, and the main advantages and limitations of the technique.

Core topics will comprise the student's choice of 6 lectures, or 5 lectures plus a lab class. Signup for the lab classes is on Learn (subject to availability).

Options include additional lectures (no permission needed), and additional lab classes (subject to availability).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 2 (Sem 1)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment on this course is by a series of short answer questions organised in sections. Students will choose ONE section. Each section will relate to more than one of the techniques covered. The word limit will be 1500 words.
Feedback Each topic provides separate opportunities for interactive discussion and feedback allowing students to assess and improve their understanding of the topic - for example, seminar-style workshops or data processing classes in which principles are applied to examples.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. understand how the research question affects the choice of technique
  2. familiarise themselves with the scenarios in which the range of design types discussed are applicable
  3. become adept at describing the major data collection and processing procedures in a variety of the areas covered
Reading List
These are provided separately for each topic running in a given year.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Core topics will comprise the student's choice of 6 lectures, or 5 lectures plus a lab class. Options include additional lab classes (as well as the core topics, subject to availability). Workshops are always taken as options (subject to availability).
Keywordspsychological research,brain imaging,neuropsychology
Course organiserDr Robert McIntosh
Tel: (0131 6)50 3444
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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