MSc Organisational Psychology

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Research Skills for Professional Practice 1

Unit code BMAN71961
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 Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit? No


Introduction to basic statistics including correlation, effect sizes, power, and hypothesis testing

Survey methods and research design including sampling; panel, cohort, cross-sectional, multi-group and multilevel designs; question types and response formats, general and scale specific instructions

Multiple regression including direct, mediated and moderated forms of analysis

Qualitative methods including semi-structured interviews, case studies and ethnography

Qualitative analysis including content analysis, thematic analysis and grounded theory


BMAN71961 Programme Req: BMAN71961 is only available as a core unit to students on MSc Business Psychology and MSc Organisational Psychology


  • To introduce students to quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • To provide a grounding in survey methods and survey research design
  • To provide a grounding in multiple regression analysis
  • To provide a grounding in qualitative methods and analysis

Learning outcomes

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

  • Apply qualitative analysis methods to research data.
  • Design and carry out both a survey.
  • Apply multivariate statistics to testing.
  • Design and carry out qualitative research
  • Analyse qualitative data.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Report 100%

Feedback methods

  • Informal advice and discussion during a lecture, seminar, workshop or lab.
  • Online exercises and quizzes delivered through the Blackboard course space.
  • Written and/or verbal comments on assessed or non-assessed coursework.
  • Written and/or verbal comments after students have given a group or individual presentation.
  • Generic feedback posted on Blackboard regarding overall examination performance.

Recommended reading

Dancy, C. P. & Reidy, J. (2011). Statistics without maths for psychology. Harlow, Pearson.
Smith, Andy (2005) Discovering Statistics using SPSS for Windows, Sage Publications.
Bryman, A. & Bell, E. (2007). Business research methods. Oxford: OU Press.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 30
Independent study hours
Independent study 120

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
David Holman Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Informal Contact Method

Office Hours

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