This module is designed to provide you with some of the research skills required to carry out a final year dissertation in psychology. It involves developing your ability to critically evaluate and review research articles in education and psychology, and learning how to analyse and present the results of statistical analyses of the relationship between several independent variables and a dependent variable. The critical reviews are based on articles drawn from your dissertation area. The main focus of the statistics component is on analysis of variance and multiple regression, but non-parametric equivalents are also considered.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Present the findings of these analyses effectively in the format recommended by the American Psychological Association (APA).
- Engage in methodologically-informed discussion of contemporary research in education and psychology.
- Use analysis of variance and multiple regression to analyse data.
- Interpret, and effectively communicate, empirical research in written form.
Topics normally covered in this module will include:
- Writing critical reviews
- Experimental and correlational design
- Multi-factor analysis of variance
- Multiple regression
- Non-parametric analysis
- Reporting results in APA format
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
This module will use a mix of lectures, seminars and practical workshops, combined within two-hour sessions. Sessions will involve an interactive lecture on a method of statistical analysis, followed by practice of the method with feedback. Seminars will require you to read, and participate in group discussions about, research papers within the field of psychology.
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Lichtman, M. (2010). Qualitative Research in Education: A User's Guide.. London: Sage.
Introduction to Mediation, Moderation, and Conditional Process Analysis: A Regression-Based Approach. Guilford Press..
Applying Regression and Correlation: A Guide for Students and Researchers. London: Sage.
Doing Quantitative Research in Education with SPSS. London: Sage.
Discovering statistics using SPSS. London: Sage.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External