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Undergraduate Course: Research Methods & Statistics 3 (PSYL10127)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course provides a conceptual and practical introduction to the use of qualitative methodologies in psychological research, with a particular focus on discursive psychological and interpretative phenomenological analyses.
Course description The course will present the rationale for the various qualitative approaches and their underlying epistemologies, and engage students in current debates regarding ethics, epistemology, and evaluation of qualitative research within Psychology. It will introduce different ways of collecting qualitative data, such as interviews, internet data and recording naturally occurring data. It will demonstrate and compare several ways of analyzing qualitative data, including discursive psychological (DP) analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA), and thematic analysis; and provide extended practical experience in conducting and reporting a DP analysis.

The course will be taught through a series of bite-size lectures, online discussions, homework activities, and practical tutorials, all of which are designed to give students practical experience in design, data collection and analysis which will feed in to producing and reporting a DP research project.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Research Methods and Statistics (PPLS08001) AND Research Methods and Statistics 2 (PSYL10126)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should be studying Psychology as their degree major and have completed at least 3 Psychology courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.
**Please note that upper level Psychology courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
High Demand Course? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the rationale underlying qualitative methodologies.
  2. Collect qualitative data, demonstrating knowledge of appropriate conceptual knowledge and practical techniques.
  3. Design and conduct their own qualitative research project, demonstrating awareness of ethical and other relevant practical consideration.
  4. Conduct discursive psychological analysis using appropriate practical techniques.
  5. Discuss the underlying rationale of interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) and conduct it using appropriate practical techniques.
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Course organiserDr Sue Widdicombe
Tel: (0131 6)50 3411
Course secretaryMs Alex MacAndrew
Tel: (0131 6)51 3733
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