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PU5024: RESEARCH METHODS & PRACTICE FOR PSYCHOLOGY (2016-2017)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 18:05


Course Overview

This course teaches students in the field of health psychology how to conduct high quality behavioural research, how to become an informed consumer of research, and how to think and operate within a professional, ethical framework.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Julia Allan

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • MSc Health Psychology (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Topics covered by the course include:

  • Critical appraisal of evidence, hypothesis testing, the scientific method
  • Research design (experimental, quasi-experimental, randomised, case-control, cohort, longitudinal)
  • Research ethics and governance, professional codes of practice
  • Questionnaire design, construction and psychometrics
  • Self-report versus objective measurement and common sources of bias
  • Qualitative design and analysis (interviews, focus groups)
  • Diary methods, ecological momentary assessment, n of 1
  • Working with secondary data, healthcare records, large datasets
  • Dissemination (academic, media, policy, public) and collaboration


Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MSc Health Psychology

Contact Teaching Time

58 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1x two hour written exam (60%) + continous assessment (40%) [written assignment = 30%, oral presentation = 10%]

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

None.

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