Surrey University Stag


Module code: PSY0002

Module Overview

This will be a guided research module where students can identify and explore in detail a topic of their choice. Teaching input will focus on the methods of investigation and the development of a feasible, ethical research project proposal. It is anticipated that more individual support will be provided through the workshops as the semester progresses.

Module provider


Module Leader

WALLACE-WILLIAMS Hazel (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 3

JACs code:

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 20

Independent Learning Hours: 256

Lecture Hours: 8

Guided Learning: 8

Captured Content: 8

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

This is an opportunity for students to draw together strands from the previous modules and apply them to an area of their own interest within a social science context. They will be guided in their choice of topic areas to ascertain relevance and learning opportunities.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Research project proposal (4 pages) 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy for this module is designed to enable students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of issues in social research.

The summative assessment for this module consists of :

A 4 page research project proposal.

Formative assessment and feedback
There will be an important opportunity to seek feedback and advice on the direction of the summative assessment via a formative research project proposal plan. 

In addition,­ formative verbal feedback and guidance by peers and tutors will be provided during seminar time.


Module aims

  • • Give students the opportunity to develop their independent research and writing skills by focusing on a topic of interest and conducting an in-depth investigation
  • • Develop students’ capacities of analysis and evaluation to help them present consistent and original argument for appraisal
  • • Build confidence in relevant skills

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Apply critical thinking skills to question and interrogate data CPT
002 Research independently and draw appropriate conclusions from data analysis and investigation CPT
003 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding derived from the conceptual and theoretical frameworks explored in previous modules CKPT
004 Apply theory to practice and reflect critically on both CT

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 enable students to plan a piece of research in a context where they are advised and monitored on an ongoing basis in order to meet the learning outcomes. There will be regular opportunities for them to seek input as they develop confidence in their own ability to interrogate source material, draw conclusions and further their own knowledge.

The learning and teaching methods include:

• Lectures on research methods and quantitative and qualitative approaches 

• Seminars/workshops offering the opportunity to seek feedback and guidance on the assessed component

• Guided individual reading and study

• Independent study

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
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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Psychology with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) 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 2022/3 academic year.