module specification

PY7PA6 - Research Project (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Research Project
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 60
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 600
575 hours Guided independent study
25 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 0%   Project Proposal
Oral Examination 10%   Poster Presentation (20mins)
Dissertation 90%   Project (max 10000 words) *FC*
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Wednesday Evening

Module summary

Research Project
This module supports the process of planning and executing a research project.
Semester: Autumn/spring/summer

Module aims

To develop to an advanced level the research skills that are introduced in the MSc research methods modules
To provide a formal framework for supervising research project work
To enable students to relate research methods and principles taught to a range of different research applications
To enable students to present their work to others in an academic manner


This module consists of supervision of projects and there is no taught syllabus.
However, general support workshops in Week 6 Autumn semester (not specific to this module) will cover:

1. Requirements, time-scale and planning,

2.Ethics and ethical applications

Learning and teaching

Supervision meetings and independent learning will be the main focus of this module. The entire process of the project is central to pdp.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

•  Plan and execute, using independent judgement, a piece of original research relevant to health  and addiction psychology
•  Demonstrate innovation and originality of thought with respect to basic and applied research
• Select, carry out and interpret research findings using either quantitative or qualitative analysis  techniques to an advanced level of capability
• Critically interpret and place their own research within the wider context of psychological   research
•  Write a detailed and concise project dissertation in a research paper format suitable for  publication
• Be able to defend their research ideas through presentation of a research poster and defence of their findings.
• Demonstrate knowledge and a critical understanding of the role of research in the academic
and professional development of psychology, including the philosophy, ethics and purpose of research

Assessment strategy

This module is assessed in three ways:
1. Project proposal (10%)
2. Oral presentation/poster of 20 minutes (15%)
3. Project (10000 words; 75%).


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