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Postgraduate Course: Research 2 (CLPS12037)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 12 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryAll second year DClinPsychol students are required to complete this course. The course will cover how to conduct small scale research projects such as audits and service evaluations within the NHS, how to analyse data using SPSS or with NVivo, how to write for publication, think critically about research and how to present project results in the form of a poster.
Course description Research 2 is a 40 credit course over the second year of training. Teaching is therefore across blocks 3 and 4. In addition, trainees are expected to dedicate private study time to this course. The teaching for this course focuses on building on skills from the Research 1 course, by covering specific research methods in more detail. The teaching consists of online materials, lectures, workshops and tutorials and focuses on: writing for publication skills, presenting a research project as a poster, systematic reviews and qualitative and quantitative analysis. Group learning is emphasised in this course. By the end of this course it is expected that trainees will understand the importance of research in the NHS, know how to conduct a small research project or audit within a work setting, understand how to present a study in the style of a journal article and conference poster and have a greater understanding of analytical techniques (according to tutorials attended). Information about session times and lecture notes can be found online.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 2, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 1, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 7, Fieldwork Hours 26, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 347 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Trainees will be required to submit a small scale research project (3000 to 5000 words) written up in the format of either a peer-reviewed journal or NHS audit (using local NHS audit guidelines). In addition, the trainees will produce a poster of their research and present this in the form of a conference poster session.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the importance of evaluating and auditing clinical psychology services.
  2. Experience data collection within the NHS.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and experience of writing for publication and following journal/NHS audit guidelines.
  4. Conduct a systematic review of research literature and appraise previous research studies.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge and experience of developing a poster.
Reading List
Quantitative Research Methods
Barker, C., Pistrang, N. & Elliott, R. (2002). Research methods in clinical psychology: an introduction for students and practitioners (2nd edition). Chichester: Wiley.

Brace, N., Kemp, R. & Snelgar, R. (2009). SPSS for psychologists (4th edition). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Bryman, A. (2012). Social research methods (4th edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Clark-Carter, D. (2004). Quantitative psychological research: a student's handbook (2nd edition). Hove: Psychology Press (available electronically).

Dancey, C.P. & Reidy, J. (2011). Statistics without maths for psychology (5th edition). Harlow: Pearson Education Limited.

Field, A.P. (2009). Discovering statistics using SPSS (3rd edition). London: Sage.

Hayes, A. (2013). Introduction to mediation, moderation, and conditional process analysis: a regression-based approach. New York: The Guilford Press (available electronically).

Lang, T.A. & Secic, M. (2006). How to report statistics in medicine (2nd edition). Philadelphia: Taylor & Francis (available electronically).

McKeown, B. & Thomas, D.B. (2013). Q Methodology (2nd edition). London: Sage.

Morgan, G.A., Gliner, J.A. & Harmon, R.J. (2006). Understanding and evaluating research in applied and clinical settings. London: Erlbaum.

Tabachnick, B.G. & Fidell, L.S. (2007). Using multivariate statistics (6th edition). London: Allyn & Bacon.

Watts, S. & Stenner, P. (2012). Doing Q methodological research. London: Sage.

Blunch. N. (2013). Introduction to structural equation modelling using IBM SPSS statistics and AMOS

Qualitative Research
Charmaz, K. (2006). Constructing grounded theory: a practical guide through qualitative analysis. Sage.

Flick, U. (2007). Managing quality in qualitative research. London: Sage.

Lewins, A. & Silver, C. (2007). Using software in qualitative research. London: Sage.

Smith, J.A. (2008). Qualitative psychology: a practical guide to research methods. London: Sage.

Strauss, A. & Corbin, J. (1998). Basics of qualitative research: techniques and procedures for developing grounded theory. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis
Booth, A., Papaioannou, D., & Sutton, A. (2012). Systematic approaches to a successful literature review. London: Sage.

Cooper, H. (2010). Research synthesis and meta-analysis (4th edition). London: Sage.

Khan, K., Kunz, R., Kleijnen, J., & Antes, G. (2011). Systematic reviews to support evidence-based medicine (2nd edition). London: Hodder & Stoughton Limited.

Borenstein, M., Hedges, L., Higgins, J., & Rothstein, H. (2009). Introduction to Meta-analysis. Chichester: Wiley.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding that is generated through personal research or equivalent work that makes a significant contribution to the development of the subject/discipline/sector.
2. Apply knowledge, skills and understanding: In a range of standard and specialised research and/or equivalent instruments and techniques of enquiry, and, In designing and executing research, investigative or development projects to deal with new problems and issues
3. Develop original and creative responses to problems and issues, whilst, applying a constant and integrated approach to critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas, information and issues.
4. Communicate at an appropriate level to a range of audiences and adapt communication to the context and purpose, and, at the standard of published academic work and/or critical dialogue and review with peers and experts in other specialisms/sectors.
5. Demonstrate substantial authority and exercise a high level of autonomy and initiative in professional and equivalent activities.
KeywordsClinical Psychology,Research,Statistics,Small Scale,NHS
Course organiserDr Maria Gardani
Course secretaryMr Timothy Abbot
Tel: (0131 6)50 8498
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