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PS3521: APPLICATION OF RESEARCH METHODS (2014-2015)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27


Course Overview

The course covers four areas that are key in preparing students for their final year thesis within the Behavioural Studies programme.

  • Understanding Scientific Literacy: This section focuses on the understanding and evaluation of quantitative results and analysis including different forms of statistics and how they should be interpreted.
  • Qualitative Methods: This section of the course covers qualitative research design and methods.
  • Information Literacy 1: This section covers advanced literature searches, and organising large scale bibliographies using bibliographic software.
  • Information Literacy 2:  This section covers the critical evaluation of sources of information focusing on the critique of research literature.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Dannette Marie

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

None.

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

The course will cover four areas that are key in preparing students for their final year thesis.
  • Understanding Scientific Literacy
  • : This section will focus on the understanding and evaluation of quantitative results and analysis including different forms of statistics and how they should be interpreted.
  • Qualitative Methods
  • : This section of the course will cover qualitative research design and methods.
  • Information Literacy 1
  • : This section of the course will cover advanced literature searches, and organising large scale bibliographies using bibliographic software.
  • Information Literacy 2
  • : This section of the course will cover the critical evaluation of sources of information focusing on the critique of research literature. Also covered will be the formal presentation of academic material compliant with the American Psychological Association (APA) professional standards.

    Contact Teaching Time

    Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

    Teaching Breakdown

    More Information about Week Numbers


    Summative Assessments

    1St Attempt: Coursework (100%). This will involve the completion of an e-portfolio, which will include outcomes from a series of exercises from the workshops. More specifically: Group wikipedia entry; short article for popular science; qualitative research materials; critical review of single research paper; and research journal (60% of final grade). A 2000 word review of a current research area with psychology (40% of final grade). Resit: Students will be able to resubmit the e-portfolio coursework. Resubmission of written review.

    Formative Assessment

    In-class feedback will be provided by course lecturers and through peer assessment.

    Feedback

    Oral and written feedback will be provided to students. More generic feedback will be provided through MyAberdeen.

    Course Learning Outcomes

    None.

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