Module code: PSYM130

Module Overview

This module provides students with an advanced knowledge of designing research in a particular field of psychology, in preparation for developing their own dissertations. The module will cover all aspects of research design, including literature reviews, forming hypotheses, ethical conduct, and study design.

Module provider


Module Leader

SILVANTO Juha (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: C831

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 9

Independent Learning Hours: 106

Seminar Hours: 13

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 11

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; research methods

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation GROUP PRESENTATION 100

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).

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) • 2000 word 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)

Module aims

  • provide students with practical experience of research design and methods
  • 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
002 Demonstrate a reflective understanding of current research in a specific field of psychology KC
003 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 KCP
004 Coherently articulate the benefits and limitations of particular styles of research KC
005 Communicate ideas, theories and principles through written or oral means, adapting the content appropriately for each medium KCPT
006 Work effectively in different groups to discuss and develop ideas KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

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 (7 x 2hr) • Workshops (3 x 2hr) • Presentation / discussion sessions (1 x 2 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.

Reading list
Upon accessing the reading list, please search for the module using the module code: PSYM130

Other information

Formative feedback. Students will receive formative feedback on their review and research proposal during the workshops.

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Psychology (Conversion) MSc(CORE) 1 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% 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 2021/2 academic year.