CRAFTING RESEARCH: LINKING THEORIES AND METHODS - 2017/8
Module code: PSYM028
RUSCONI P Dr (Psychology)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 7
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 126
Lecture Hours: 24
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||WORKSHOP REPORT 1||15|
|Oral exam or presentation||ORAL PRESENTATION||40|
|Coursework||WORKSHOP REPORT 2||15|
|Coursework||WORKSHOP REPORT 3||15|
|Coursework||WORKSHOP REPORT 4||15|
Workshop reports can be alternatively assessed by means of a critical review of an article in the reading list. In-class oral presentations can be alternatively assessed by means of a video of the PPT presentation uploaded to SurreyLearn. Students who have not yet started their dissertation project can present on a topic covered in the literature in which a psychological theory is applied to address a real-world issue.
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
This module comprises a series of workshops that cover selected topics in which social psychological theory and findings can be applied to applied questions and issues. The specific topics covered may vary year-on-year and will depend on staff’s research interests. The workshops are conducted in small groups and give students the opportunity to generate and critically discuss ideas surrounding the translation of valuable theoretical questions into plausible and effective methodologies.
This module aims to guide students through the complexities of research crafting, enabling them to generate research questions in inductive and deductive ways and select appropriate tools to investigate them. The module encourages the development of a critical and reflective approach to research design and implementation
|1||Link theoretical and empirical questions to social issues and have developed an in-depth understanding of the practical applications and action implications of Social psychological theories and empirical findings|
|2||Work in groups to produce research plans enabling the development of appropriate interpersonal skills to achieve collaborative research|
|3||Plan research that is ethical and maintains appropriate standards of conduct.|
|4||Reflect on and evaluate your own values and ideals with regard to defining and designing high-quality research|
|5||Effectively communicate your understanding of and reflection on the process of crafting research|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Course Content and Schedule (this is indicative based on 2014/5 and is subject to change dependent on the appointment of new staff)
Week 1: Workshop 1: Risk perception and communication (CFS)
Week 2: Reading Week
Week 3: Workshop 2: Culture Change: Identity and Resistance
Week 4: Reading Week
Week 5: Workshop 3: Prejudice
Week 6: Reading Week
Week 7: Workshop 4: Reading Power in Science
Week 8: Reading Week
Week 9: Student Oral Presentations (Assessed by CFS and PR).
Week 10: Student Oral Presentations (Assessed by CFS and PR).
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Expose students to the problems of creating meaningful research projects in the face of real world constraints. The workshop format is intended to engage students both with each other and with the lecturers to explore research problems and suggest creative solutions to them.
The learning and teaching methods include:
Workshops facilitating class and small-group discussions; observing and participating in oral presentations of research.
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Workshop Report 1 15%
Workshop Report 2 15%
Workshop Report 3 15%
Workshop Report 4 15%
Oral-/PPT Presentation 40%
Formative assessment and Feedback
Formative and summative feedback is provided on the short workshop reports. Formative feedback occurs during the in-class discussions.
Reading list for CRAFTING RESEARCH: LINKING THEORIES AND METHODS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/psym028
Programmes this module appears in
|Health Psychology MSc||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Social Psychology MSc||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Environmental Psychology MSc||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Research Methods in Psychology MSc||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.