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Postgraduate Course: Literature-Based Research Project (CLPS11058)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThis course within the MSc Psychology of Mental Health provides students with the invaluable experience of designing, conducting, analysing and presenting a literature-based research project.
Course description This course provides students with the opportunity to work on a research project of their choice and to complete a dissertation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 578 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Dissertation should be 8,000-9,000 words and presented in a review journal article format. The dissertation should follow the BPS style guide and submission guidelines for review articles outlined in relevant target BPS journal. Supervisors will direct their students to the most relevant BPS Journal and encourage them to use the journal format the guide the structure of their dissertation. Relevant BPS journals include: British Journal of Psychology, British Journal of Developmental Psychology, British Journal of Educational Psychology, British Journal of Clinical Psychology, British Journal of Health Psychology, British Journal of Social Psychology, Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, Journal of Neuropsychology. Other relevant journals may also act as style guides: Clinical Review, Developmental Review, Annual Review of Psychology.
Feedback Formative feedback will be given by tutors on an ongoing basis.

Summative feeback will be given on the dissertation via Learn.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate Psychological Research Knowledg to: Critically reflect on research and evidence on psychological theories and mental health. Understand data collection methods and issues. Understand different statistical techniques and their uses.
  2. Demonstrate Psychological Research Skills to be able to: Carry out their own literature review (systematic or narrative). Analyse and synthesise evidence appropriately.
Reading List
Readings related to the research topic recommended by supervisor.
Bell, J. (2005). Doing your research project. Buckingham: Open University Press. (4th ed).
Dunn, D. (2011). A short guide to writing about psychology (3rd ed). London: Longman.
Field, A., & Hole, G. (2003). How to design and report experiments. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Forshaw, M. (2004). Your undergraduate psychology project: a BPS guide. Oxford: Blackwell.
Heffernan, T.M. (2000). A Student's guide to studying psychology. Hove: Psychology Press
Landrum, R.E. (2008). Undergraduate Writing in Psychology: Learning to Tell the Scientific Story. Washington, DC: APA.
Sternberg, R.J. (2003). The Psychologist's companion: a guide to scientific writing for students and researchers (4th ed). Cambridge: CUP (especially Chapter 3, 7 & 8).
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Course organiserDr Emily Newman
Tel: (0131 6)51 3945
Course secretaryMr Timothy Abbot
Tel: (0131 6)50 8498
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