PY0546 - Advanced Qualitative and Survey Methods and Lab Experience

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What will I learn on this module?

On this module you will learn about the more common advanced qualitative research methodologies and associated analyses employed in psychological studies. You will also learn how to design psychometric survey instruments and the process this involves. The module aims to provide practical skills in research design and operationalisation, the analysis of data and the interpretation, evaluation and subsequent reporting of research findings. In addition, you will have the opportunity to apply these research skills to the core areas of social and developmental psychology.

How will I learn on this module?

You will have the opportunity to learn about qualitative research methods, survey design, analyses, social psychology and development psychology in a lecture-based format, and attend weekly workshops which will provide the opportunity to learn and practice data analysis skills under supervision. Further to this, practical laboratory-based workshops will be held in the specialist psychology labs. These workshops are active learning sessions designed to increase the depth and breadth of your knowledge by giving you practical experience of conducting qualitative research and developing a psychometric instrument, along with discussion and debate with regard to topics, methods and any associated ethical issues. You will learn how to use survey design software for the purposes of data collection, and will have the opportunity to handle primary source material while developing a psychometric test, demonstrate that you can comprehend and use data effectively while filtering out items for your measure, and show that you understand the process that you have used in reporting the test validation process that you have used.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Tutors will support you by making a variety of resources linked to the lectures series, workshops, practical’s and assessments available on the e-learning portal (e.g. PowerPoint slides, lectures handouts, workshop materials, revision tasks, online tests, reading lists) along with links to resources to encourage further exploration of research methods and specific research topics. A discussion board on the e-learning portal will be available for students to pose and respond to questions among peers and to module, assessment and laboratory tutors. This enhances collegiality and also means that support is available to all students. Technology enabled learning will be implemented through the use of Panopto recording software, online submission and marking of both summative and formative assessment, and the use of a range of technologies designed for data collection.

Students will be assigned to a laboratory tutor who will work with them in practical classes, and provide feedback at various designated points throughout the module. Additional one-to-one or group tutorials can provide an opportunity for students to discuss issues related to the module with a member of staff.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MK1: You will be expected to demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of advanced qualitative research methods, survey development and data analysis techniques

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MIP1: You will develop the ability to generate, explore and operationalise research questions, by designing, conducting, reporting and interpreting a qualitative study in the field of social psychology
• MIP2: You will develop the ability to generate, report and interpret an empirical study designed to pilot a psychometric survey
• MIP3: You will develop employability through development of effective teamwork, computer literacy, problem solving skills, time management and sourcing and organising information and demonstrate this by orally presenting an empirical study in the field of developmental psychology

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MPV1: : You will develop the characteristics of a Northumbria psychology graduate as you use research skills to contribute to knowledge generation and dissemination, demonstrating awareness of ethical principles

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment
You will engage in peer and tutor led discussions of research ideas, in order to develop the ability to formulate a rationale and design studies (MK1; MIP1; MIP2; MIP3). Completion of formative ethics documents will provide you with the opportunity to develop your understanding of research ethics (PVA1)

Summative
You will complete two summative laboratory reports (3000 words each), the purpose of which is to assess your ability to design, execute and report a study in the area of social psychology (MK1, MIP1; MPV1), and one in the area of design of psychometric instruments (MK1, MIP2; MPV1)
You will also complete a lab presentation in the area of developmental psychology (MK1; MIP3; MPV1).

Note on Attendance: each summative assessment is based on a block of 3 lab classes. Failure to attend one of these will result in 10 marks being deducted from the associated summative assessment. Failure to attend two or more will mean that you are not eligible to submit the report, and will fail that assessment.

Feedback
Feedback for the assessments will provided through typed comments on electronically submitted assignments which are returned to students. As a minimum, these will identify strength, a weakness and an area for improvement. Common issues and methods for improvement will be presented at a feedback lecture for each assessment

Students are encouraged to attend individual tutorial sessions with assessment tutors if they wish to discuss their work.

Pre-requisite(s)

PY0400: Psychological Research Methods and Analysis

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module aims to provide you with knowledge and practical experience of qualitative research methods and survey design. You will be able to explore psychological research through application to your own empirical research studies. You will also further your understanding of social and developmental psychology.

Lectures and workshops will support you in developing the practical skills needed to design studies and interpret collected data. Practical laboratory classes will allow you to learn the skills needed to operationalise your ideas and report the findings of your investigations according to accepted conventions in psychology. These practical reports, along with a presentation will form the assessment for this module.

You will be supported through a dedicated lab tutor supervising your practical work, and e-learning resources to allow you to tailor the level of support to suit your development needs. Group work in practical laboratory classes will encourage the development of your interpersonal skills.

Course info

UCAS Code C800

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full time or 4 years full time with optional study abroad year

Department Psychology

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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