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Postgraduate Course: Research Methods in Applied Psychology (CLPS11066)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) 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 a face-to-face 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 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  210
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 21/09/2020
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 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) Assessments for this course will be administered online. It is important that you take your assessment in a location with stable and strong internet connection where you will not be disturbed.

The summative assessment is four online assessments in weeks 3, 6, 9 and 12, each worth 25% of the overall grade. Assessments will be open book/note but scheduled and timed. The window will be open for 24 hours, so that you may choose any 2-hour block to complete your assessment during the 24-hour window. Once you start your assessment, you cannot stop. It is our intention that you will receive your mark and feedback electronically after the assessment window closes.
Feedback Learning is assessed through formative and summative means.

The formative assignment will consist of a practice assessment, in week 2, administered in the same format as the summative assignment.
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. Demonstrate logical links between research questions, design and (primary/secondary) data collection.
Reading List
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 sources
* 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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