Module code: PSY0002

Module Overview

This module introduces students to a range of issues associated with conducting research. Students will have the opportunity to identify and explore in detail a topic of their choice. Teaching input will focus on methods of investigation and supporting the development of a feasible, ethical research project proposal. The development of students’ research project proposals will be supported through workshops and formative feedback opportunities.

Module provider


Module Leader

WALLACE-WILLIAMS Hazel (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 3

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.

Summative assessment

The summative assessment for this module consists of a 4 page research project proposal (100%). Students may choose a topic of interest which may be linked (but not restricted) to content covered across all modules within the programme.

Formative assessment

Opportunities for formative assessments will be integrated throughout this module. 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/workshop time.


Continuous feedback strategies are built into the module to capture students’ experiences, and to support the development of their feedback literacy, and in turn, their development as independent, resourceful and resilient learners. These strategies will be both peer and tutor facilitated and will provide students with opportunities to reflect upon and discuss learning, develop their interpersonal skills, and encourage engagement and the development of communication skills.


Module aims

  • Give students the opportunity to develop their independent research and writing skills by focusing on a topic of interest and planning a research project.
  • Develop understanding of issues associated with conducting social research.
  • Build confidence in own research skills in preparation for the undergraduate programme.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate an ability to evaluate different sources of evidence CPT
002 Demonstrate an awareness of methodological and ethical issues in psychology KCPT
003 Evaluate the research approaches and investigative strategies used within psychology KCPT
004 Demonstrate understanding of different approaches to analysing data KCPT
005 Research independently and draw appropriate conclusions from research literature CPT
006 Assess own capabilities against given criteria 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 students 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

This module has a capped number and may not be available to ERASMUS and other international exchange students. Please check with the International Engagement Office email:


Surrey Curriculum Framework

In line with Surrey's Curriculum Framework this programme is committed to developing graduates with strengths in Employability, Digital Capabilities, Global and Cultural Capabilities, Sustainability and Resourcefulness and Resilience. This module contributes in the following ways:

Digital Capabilities: Throughout the module students learn to navigate and use SurreyLearn, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. They are also introduced to other digital resources and software, to support their development as independent learners. A key focus of the programme is on developing academic skills, to ensure students develop a strong foundation ahead of joining the undergraduate programme. They are therefore introduced to, and required to use, specific digital techniques, including online searching, using search mechanisms including Google Scholar and the university’s search engine, SurreySearch.  This is a particular focus of this module which requires students to develop a research project proposal. Students are also required to engage with a variety of digital media, for example, Teams, Zoom, Padlets, Wakelets, Google Jamboard. In addition, students will be required to use cloud/file sharing platforms such as GoogleDocs, SharePoint when working collaboratively. Module assessments require students to draw on their experience of using a wide range of digital platforms and resources. In line with university policy, assessments are submitted through SurreyLearn.

Employability: A key skill which underpins psychology as a discipline and hence this module is a focus on developing the ability to critically evaluate evidence and to discuss the appropriate application of knowledge within the limitations of the research design and data collection methods. In this module, students are also required to apply this knowledge and understanding by developing their own research question and an evidence-informed research project proposal. Thus specific transferable skills are developed that are utilised in many areas of employment include the ability to evaluate sources, to critically engage with material, to evaluate data and to communicate information clearly and effectively. In addition, the tasks and assessments undertaken across modules are specifically chosen to prepare students for the assessments they will take on the undergraduate programme, but also to prepare them for tasks they might undertake as psychologists, or in other forms of employment. As aforementioned, in this module students are required to produce a research project proposal that is ethical and feasible for an undergraduate student to conduct, demonstrating transferable skills for later study and future employment.

Global and Cultural Capabilities: In this module students are expected to apply the insights gained from their engagement with psychological research across the programme in the development of their own research project proposal. In developing their own research question, they will be engaging with wider literature and thinking from a range of sources in order to develop and to contextualise their own research question.  In addition, students are provided with the opportunity to listen to speakers who have an interest in different research approaches and methods, raising awareness of the importance of selecting appropriate research methods for gaining insight and understanding of different groups.

Resourcefulness and resilience: The key aim of the programme is to support the development of students in their journey to becoming resourceful, resilient and independent learners. Over the course of the programme students are introduced to a range of academic skills and positive psychology interventions to support (i) their development as learners and (ii) their overall resilience. Opportunities to develop these skills are mapped both within and between modules, and chronologically across the academic year. Teaching and learning activities, and assessments (formative and summative) have been developed at a programme and module level to enable students opportunities to develop and demonstrate their capabilities in a ‘learning spiral’ format.  Within this module, the assessments schedule has been carefully designed to enable students to build on formal and informal formative feedback to support their development as research practitioners, and to enable their end-of-module summative assessment to provide an opportunity to demonstrate the insight they have gained from their learning journey into issues surrounding psychological research.

Sustainability: The key focus of the module is on students applying the insights they have gained across the programme into conducting psychological research, and developing a research project proposal that is both feasible for an undergraduate student to carry out, and ethical. As part of their learning journey into issues affecting social research, students evaluate a range of examples of research which provides the opportunity to explore how psychology may be used in ethically, socially and environmentally responsible ways, within the context of the UN Sustainable Goals, to support the development of a more sustainable future society. The assessment provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate the insights they have gained in the development of their own research project proposal.  Students have the opportunity to identify research questions within the applied areas of psychology they have been introduced (for example, environmental, health and educational psychology) and therefore there are direct opportunities for students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of issues directly pertaining to sustainability.

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 2024/5 academic year.