PY0782 - Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

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What will I learn on this module?

The module is designed to give you a theoretical and practical knowledge of more advanced quantitative methods of analysing data in psychology. A range of methods will be studied and relevant hardware and software will be used in exercises. The communication of findings according to the most recent conventions and with due regard to the audience will be addressed. The approach is to provide a theoretical background for each technique, so that you are not simply capable of carrying out and reporting analyses, but also capable of reflecting critically on their appropriateness in psychological research and practice.

How will I learn on this module?

The module is delivered in weekly two-hour sessions in which some time is spent giving information about a technique and the rest providing the opportunity for you to practice the technique. Independent study will give you further opportunity to enhance skills in advanced analysis techniques. Much of the learning on this module will be experiential through the hands-on analysis and interpretation of data.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Resources will be available via the e-learning portal, including lecture slides, guidance notes and related supplementary materials (e. g. data sets). Recommended readings additional to those on the reading list and useful links to web based resources will also be provided. Discussion boards and tutorials will support you throughout the module, and current information will be presented to help you to explore how data collection analysis and interpretation are key to a range of potential graduate employment pathways, including in professional research settings.

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:
• Analyse and critically evaluate the meaning of quantitative data
• Critically reflect on the use and appropriateness of advanced quantitative research techniques in psychology research

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Understand how to communicate and disseminate research findings drawn from complex data sets
• Apply a variety of advanced quantitative analysis techniques to effectively convey research findings

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Critically reflect on ethics in relation to research methodologies and data interpretation in psychology

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
• Verbal module tutor feedback will be provided during the practical sessions

Summative assessment:

• Two written assignments (50% each) in which students are provided with a dataset and are required to analyse the data and answer a number of questions based upon their analysis of the dataset.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

The module is designed to give you a research focussed appreciation of advanced quantitative methods of analysing data in psychology. Wherever possible real world data from published studies will be employed and relevant technology and software will be used in exercises aimed at furthering your abilities in analysis and interpretation. The communication of findings according to the most recent conventions and with due regard to the audience will be addressed. The overarching approach is to provide a theoretical background for each technique, as well as an opportunity to practice analysing complex data sets using data analysis software. Formative feedback will support your learning and prepare you for the summative reports.

What will I learn on this module?

The module is designed to give you a theoretical and practical knowledge of more advanced quantitative methods of analysing data in psychology. A range of methods will be studied and relevant hardware and software will be used in exercises. The communication of findings according to the most recent conventions and with due regard to the audience will be addressed. The approach is to provide a theoretical background for each technique, so that you are not simply capable of carrying out and reporting analyses, but also capable of reflecting critically on their appropriateness in psychological research and practice.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 12 months full-time

Department Psychology

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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