Module code: PSYM135

Module Overview

This module provides students with an advanced knowledge of designing, conducting and writing up research in a particular field of psychology, in preparation for developing their own dissertations. The module will cover all aspects of the research process, including literature reviews, forming and testing hypotheses, ethical conduct, and collecting, analysing, interpreting and disseminating data.

Module provider


Module Leader

BANKS Adrian (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: C831

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

• designing a study

• conducting literature reviews and forming hypotheses

• methodological and ethical issues

• collecting data and statistical analyses

• drawing conclusions and writing for academia

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 10-minute group presentation 40
Coursework 3-page mini-report 60

Alternative Assessment

Group presentation: If unable to attend the session, students will be asked to complete the presentation/discussion with two members of staff (in person in the first instance, or ‘virtually’ if necessary). Mini-report: Complete the mini-report based on data provided by staff

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to prepare students for all aspects of designing and conducting research in their field of psychology.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

• 10-minute group presentation of a research proposal (assessing learning outcomes 1,2,3,4,5,6)

• 3-page mini-report. Data will be collected as a group; the Results and Discussion sections will be written up individually (assessing learning outcomes 1,3,4,5,6)

Formative assessment

Students will receive formative feedback on a 1-page summary of their research proposal to inform their presentation. Students will receive formative feedback concerning the mini-report in each workshop.


Students will receive written formative feedback for their group proposal and verbal formative feedback for their mini-report. Written feedback will be provided for both of these summative assessments.

Module aims

  • Provide students with practical experience of research design, data analysis and writing to publishable standards
  • Provide students with an advanced understanding of recent research in a particular field of psychology, including how to think critically about this research
  • Enhance written and verbal communication skills through group work, presentation and discussion

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate a reflective understanding of current research in a specific field of psychology CK
002 Design a strategy for investigation (design, procedure, methods of data collection) that will address a research question and/or hypotheses that can be logically defended and is in accordance with the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and BPS ethical guidelines CKP
003 Select and conduct appropriate statistical analyses that address hypotheses as appropriate to quantitative research CKP
004 Coherently articulate the benefits and limitations of particular styles of research CK
005 Communicate ideas, theories and principles through written or oral means, adapting the content appropriately for each medium CKPT
006 Work effectively in different groups to discuss and develop ideas CKPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

• encourage students to think critically about research

• prepare students for their dissertations by developing practical and professional skills

• develop communication skills through group work and discussion

The learning and teaching methods include:

• Lectures (5 x 1hr)

• Workshops (4 x 1hr)

• Presentation / discussion sessions (2 x 1 hr)

• Individual and group activities

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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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 2019/0 academic year.