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EDUC3022 Advanced Research Methods

Module Overview

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

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Engage in methodologically-informed discussion of contemporary research in education and psychology.
  • Use analysis of variance and multiple regression to analyse data.
  • Present the findings of these analyses effectively in the format recommended by the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • 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.

Independent Study128
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Applying Regression and Correlation: A Guide for Students and Researchers. 

Lichtman, M. (2010). Qualitative Research in Education: A User's Guide.. 

Discovering statistics using SPSS. 

Doing Quantitative Research in Education with SPSS. 

Introduction to Mediation, Moderation, and Conditional Process Analysis: A Regression-Based Approach. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Critical review  (2000 words) 50%
Statistics Test  (2000 words) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Critical review 50%
Statistics Test 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase reading texts as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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