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Postgraduate Course: Research Methods in Applied Psychology (ODL) (CLPS11067)

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 typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides an introduction to psychological research design and methods.
Course description 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 an online workshop.
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 Semester 1
Course Start Date 16/09/2019
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Online Activities 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Individual Research Proposal - 3,500 - 4,000 words (100%)
Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical and contextualised understanding of the key issues in research design and ethics.
  2. Evaluate the appropriateness of different methods of primary/secondary data collection based on issues of design, analysis and population of interest.
  3. Demonstrate research literacy through critical appraisal and synthesis of research.
  4. Develop a viable research proposal that can demonstrate logical links between research questions, design and (primary/secondary) data collection.
Reading List
Barker, C., Pistrang, N. and Elliot, R. (2016) Research Methods in Clinical Psychology (3rd Edition)
Additional Information
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 source
* Develop your research methods and data analysis skills
* Develop your critical reflection and writing skills
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Course organiserDr Jessica Mirman
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970
Course secretaryMrs Lorna Sheal
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970
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