MEd Psychology of Education / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Research Principles and Practice

Unit code EDUC60771
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Education
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

 

To provide coverage of the BPS Qualifying Exam Syllabus core areas of:

  •  Research design & ethics
  • Quantitative methods and analysis in psychology
  • Qualitative methods and analysis in psychology

 

Aims

 

  • Research design & ethics
  • Quantitative methods and analysis in psychology
  • Qualitative methods and analysis in psychology

Learning outcomes

 

 

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

  • Identify and critique the philosophical bases for making methodological choices
  • Apply appropriate research methods to a chosen research question and prepare a proposal for undertaking such research.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues and current codes of conduct

 

Syllabus

Indicative Curriculum Content

 

  • Science as an Approach to Understanding: Thinking Like a Scientist
  • The Research Life Cycle: Introducing Research Processes
  • Introduction to Quantitative Research Design and Variables
  • Foundations for Statistical Hypothesis Testing
  • Statistical Conclusions: p Values, Power, and Effect Size
  • Foundations for Qualitative Inquiry
  • Qualitative Analysis and Interpretation
  • Ethical Principles and Responsibilities
  • Thinking Like A Scientist: Incorporating Practical Issues

 

Teaching and learning methods

The course unit will be delivered using a variety of methods including lectures, tutorials, simulations, role play, practical experiments, and independent research activities. Students will be required to work both independently and in small groups and active participation will be encouraged at all times.

Learning Hours:

 

Activity

Hours allocated

Teaching

22.5

Private study

62.5

Directed reading

60

Tutorials

5

Total hours

150

 

Knowledge and understanding

 

 

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

  • Identify and critique the philosophical bases for making methodological choices
  • Apply appropriate research methods to a chosen research question and prepare a proposal for undertaking such research.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues and current codes of conduct

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Key Skills

  •  Time management
  •  Independent study
  •  Using electronic databases, accessing library facilities, word processing.
  •  Undertake independent learning and reflect upon achievements
  •  Present information, ideas and arguments.

Assessment methods

 

 Assessment

 The assessment for this unit comprises of one assignment, responsible for 100% of the unit weighting that will take the form of a research proposal (forming the basis for your dissertation). Formative written feedback is provided.

Unit Feedback and Student Engagement

Student representation at both the programme and unit level plays an important role helping the quality of provision be upheld. MEd student representatives liaise between staff and students on matters of concern to either side; provide two-way feedback on the course and on teaching quality, and promote student involvement in course development. Student representatives participate in course review meetings (including a confidential meeting with external examiners) and feedback information from these meetings to other students.

At the end of each semester all students are asked to complete an on-line evaluation questionnaire for each course unit they have taken.  This anonymous feedback is circulated to unit leaders and supports quality assurance.

Formative assessment and written feedback to students is a key feature of this unit. Students are provided with formative written feedback when marking has been completed

The list below indicates texts that will be directly useful for both Semester 1 Research Principles and Practice and Semester 2 Research Methods and Analysis.

These texts are useful as an introduction to the area and will take you through the most of the topics studied in the module.

Feedback methods

Feedback will be available via blackboard.

 

Unit Feedback and Student Engagement

Student representation at both the programme and unit level plays an important role helping the quality of provision be upheld. MEd student representatives liaise between staff and students on matters of concern to either side; provide two-way feedback on the course and on teaching quality, and promote student involvement in course development. Student representatives participate in course review meetings (including a confidential meeting with external examiners) and feedback information from these meetings to other students.

At the end of each semester all students are asked to complete an on-line evaluation questionnaire for each course unit they have taken.  This anonymous feedback is circulated to unit leaders and supports quality assurance.

Formative assessment and written feedback to students is a key feature of this unit. Students are provided with formative written feedback when marking has been completed

The list below indicates texts that will be directly useful for both Semester 1 Research Principles and Practice and Semester 2 Research Methods and Analysis.

These texts are useful as an introduction to the area and will take you through the most of the topics studied in the module.

Recommended reading

   

 

As with all modules on the MEd, we like to offer a range of books and let you choose the combination that appeals to you.  As such, you are advised to have a look through them all first (either in the University Library or online). 

The Online version of this Reading List will show you where these texts can be found in the library or online:

https://manchester.alma.exlibrisgroup.com/leganto/public/44MAN_INST/lists/318223058880001631?auth=CAS

In addition to the recommended texts, you will be provided with an expanded reading list, including additional recommendations, reading lists of journal articles, chapters in edited texts and on-line resources that you are strongly encouraged to make use of.  You will also be expected to search relevant databases (e.g. PsycInfo) to find research that extends beyond explicit recommendations and the content covered in sessions.

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 82.5
Tutorials 5
Independent study hours
Independent study 62.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Alexandra Hennessey Unit coordinator
Ola Demkowicz Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Additional Notes This is a semester one unit. If possible, we encourage part-time students to undertake this unit in their first year.

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