Research Methods 1 (PGT Conv ODL) PSYCH5080

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

Students will gain a critical understanding of research principles in psychological qualitative and quantitative research. They will complete a series of psychological research studies to gain practical experience of a range of research paradigms, data analysis techniques and principles in open science centred on questionnaire-based and qualitative methodologies. To achieve the course objectives students will compose a research methods portfolio and write one independent qualitative report.



Requirements of Entry

At least a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent

Excluded Courses



One qualitative project report (3000 words) weighted at 50%; A research portfolio consisting for example a questionnaire handbook, analysis scripts, summaries of online debates and peer reviews & short pieces of evaluative writing (50%)

Course Aims

To widen experience of the range of psychological research paradigms students should critically evaluate psychological research as an evidence base and gain practical skills in a) qualitative research design, data collection and analysis methods and b) questionnaire-based research design, data collection and analysis methods.

They should also develop good practices in applying ethical and open science principles to psychological research and gain practical skills in statistical techniques and use of statistical analysis software.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Generate and explore hypotheses and research questions on qualitative and questionnaire-based research

■ Select appropriate research designs and methodologies for different research questions. Demonstrate critical awareness of the assumptions of these methods and analyses and the limitations of associated with qualitative and questionnaire-based research designs.

■ Identify the ethical issues involved in qualitative and questionnaire-based research.

■ Source and evaluate questionnaires and associated data sets from the wider psychological science community

■ Plan and execute a small-scale research project using qualitative research methods.

■ Demonstrate critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of ideas through peer review and reflection and communicate ideas and findings using the principles of an open science framework

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.