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Group Research Project_Psych Studies PSYCH3004

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The Group research project will teach students skills in design, data gathering, analysis and report writing.



Requirements of Entry

A Grade D or better in Psychology 1A and 1B, and 2A and 2B.


The project will be submitted as an individual, 5000 word report, but researched as a group. The mark is based 100% on that report. The report will include a literature review; detailed statement on methods used; data gathering; statistical analysis of results and discussion of findings.

Course Aims

To give students the experience of investigating a real research issue in Psychology

To provide them with the experience of collaborative work in a research context

To develop the knowledge and skill required to design, execute and write a psychological research report.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

At the end of the course students will be able to

■ Identify a research question in Psychology and design a study using an appropriate methodology

■ Justify the selection of research and procedures and measurements of good reliability and validity,

■ Write an ethical approval application and successfully gain ethical approval

■ Recruit subjects, explain research procedures and gather data

■ Analyse data using appropriate statistics

■ Write a final report structured using American Psychological Society protocols

■ Collaborate successfully in a group to achieve the completion of the study.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment