module specification

PC6P01 - Psychology Project (2021/22)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2021/22
Module title Psychology Project
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 300
 
30 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
270 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 15%   Poster Presentation
Dissertation 85%   Report
Running in 2021/22
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Wednesday Afternoon

Module summary

This module provides students with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:
1. independent study, self-management, time keeping, and digital literacy
2. in-depth understanding of a selected topic
3. critical thinking skills
4. creative problem solving
5. ability and willingness to work with supervisor and peers as a team
6. understanding of the scientific method
7. ability to collect valid and reliable research data through an ethically sound process
8. understanding of statistics and/or qualitative data analysis using appropriate software and platforms and ability to apply them to real data
9. ability to write a complete professional report of research findings
10. ability to present orally and via a poster and a press release an empirical study and its findings

Prior learning requirements

PC5001 Research Design and Data Analysis in Psychology

Syllabus

There is no taught syllabus as students will study material relevant to their own independent project. Workshops will be held approximately every 3 teaching weeks during the year or as appropriate to the current status of project progression.

Learning Outcomes LO 1 - 6

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Each student has a project supervisor whose role is to advise and monitor progress and to intervene in the case of problems. Students commit to a research topic, carry out a literature search on the topic and write a research proposal on which they receive feedback. This feedback develops students’ understanding of how to design research, which is interesting, relevant, valid, replicable, and ethical. The research proposal also enables modifications to be made at this stage to ensure that students do not pursue projects that are fundamentally flawed, and that the department has the necessary material and staff resources to carry out the research. Furthermore, all project proposals undergo initial ethical scrutiny by the project supervisor, then by the Ethics Committee of the School of Psychology. Once proposals are approved, students carry out the data collection and analyse the data independently. They receive feedback on the first version of the research report to ensure that their interpretation and discussion is based on meaningful treatment of the data.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student will:

1. Be able to critically evaluate previous theory and research to derive meaningful research questions/hypotheses from a theoretical basis
2. Have developed an understanding of the process involved in designing a valid, replicable, and ethical research study
3. Be able to collect data and conduct appropriate analyses using appropriate software and platforms 
4. Be able to interpret results appropriately in terms of the research questions/ hypotheses, and be able to relate them to the wider theoretical context
5. Be able to report a study in a style appropriate for psychological journals
6. Be able to present own research via oral presentation, a poster and a press release

Assessment strategy

Achievement of the learning outcomes is assessed by the report (which includes a written press release) and a poster presentation. Students require an aggregate of 40% from all assessment items in order to pass the module.

Bibliography

Core texts:
Wood, C., Giles, D., & Percy, C. (2012). Your psychology project handbook: Becoming a researcher (2nd ed.). Harlow, UK: Pearson.
American Psychological Association (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Additional readings:
British Psychological Society (2009). BPS code of conduct and ethics. Leicester, UK: British Psychological Society. Retrieved from: http://www.bps.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/code_of_ethics_and_conduct.pdf
Students are expected to find appropriate sources through academic databases.