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C84IRM Introduction in Research Methods
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Postgraduate students in the Division of Rehabilitation & Ageing and Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology. Also open to PhD Students (both PGT and PGR).

Taught Semesters:

SemesterAssessment
Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to effectively plan and design research as well as to critically appraise published research. Student will be introduced to how to write a literature review in a systematic way, how to write a research proposal, study designs (including developing research questions), ethics and practical issues when planning and conducting research. The module will also cover designing questionnaires, psychometric issues such as reliability and validity, using interviews and focus groups, and use if the internet and an introduction to online research methods.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 5 weeks1 per week4 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester.

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 100 1 x 3000 critical review of a published paper 

Convenor: 
Dr S Thomas

Education Aims:  This module aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to effectively plan and design research. The module will offer a critical analysis of methods of applied psychology and mental health research. On completion of the module the student should know the correct sorts of field based designs to use for research in applied psychology and mental health and how to interpret them appropriately.

Learning Outcomes:  

  1. Knowledge and understanding: a) Knowledge of research designs used in applied psychology and mental health research b) Understanding the strengths and limitations of quantitative and qualitative methods
  2. Intellectual skills: a) Appraisal of scientific methodology of studies in applied psychology and mental health b) Ability to design applied research
  3. Professional practical skills: a) Awareness of ethical issues in research
  4. Transferable Skills a) Written and oral communication skills b) Critical appraisal of research methods

Offering School:  Medicine


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