MRes Psychology / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
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Course unit details:
Contemporary Research Skills
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||School of Biological Sciences|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This unit provides comprehensive training in contemporary research skills for careers in academic, clinical and industrial settings. Students will develop and apply essential research skills in experimental design, literature review, research proposal writing, academic software use, dealing with ethical and data protection issues, and working in clinical and industrial settings. They will also learn to situate research in a broader context, communicate science, engage with society and carry out their social responsibility. Equipped with a range of professional skills (e.g., CV writing, Web presence, social media, oral presentation), students will ultimately produce a portfolio of work to support their career plans
- To equip students with a good understanding of the research process;
- To equip students with research skills required for academic, clinical and industrial settings.
- The skills to conduct effective literature review, critically evaluate existing research and write a research
proposal in different areas of psychology,
- The skills to use contemporary academic softwares and tools to facilitate research,
- The understanding of ethics, governance and data protection in psychological research,
- The skills for science communication, public engagement and social responsibility,
- The professional skills for different careers.
By the end of this course unit, students will be able to:
- carry out a thorough review of the relevant literature as part of the dissertation research work and write-up,
- understand the importance of critical evaluation of peer reviewed publications of relevance to dissertation
- understand the issues of ethics, governance and data protection in psychological research,
- design a work plan integrating a specific research project into a broader research framework,
- use a collection of academic softwares and tools to facilitate their own research,
- write a scientific report of their research project in the style appropriate for a peer-reviewed journal in
their chosen areas of psychological sciences,
- communicate research findings to researchers and to the general public,
- plan their careers and create a portfolio of work to support their career plans.
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching and Learning Methods
Semester 2, weekly 2-hour seminars or workshops, providing an explanation of each research skill and practical training.
Students will amass a portfolio of work demonstrating their acquired research skills. The portfolio will consist of five skill components and a justification how these skills can support students’ career plans. Examples of the core skill components include but not restricted to: a written CV, a written research proposal, a spoken research presentation, a Web-based home page, a draft PhD application, a public engagement event proposal, a journal review, a research impact document, product design proposal, etc.
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|Bo Yao||Unit coordinator|