Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- analyse their data using appropriate statistical techniques
- write up a research project to disseminate the results to specialised and non-specialised audiences
- think through and implement appropriate methods of data collection to achieve specific research objectives
- demonstrate an understanding of the relevance of the project for clinical psychology in practice
- identify relevant research questions and generate testable hypotheses
- embed hypotheses in a clear theoretical framework
This module consists of a small number of group and supervisory and problem solving meetings that aim to support students’ at all stages in the development of their SSRP. Initial meetings focus on the identification of a research question that is theoretically and empirically justifiable and that is sufficiently specific to allow the generation of one or more testable hypotheses. As the project develops students will be expected to work to take initiative and responsibility in moving the project forwards (to identify participants and appropriate measures, to think through the project at a procedural level, to generate data and analyse it appropriately and to understand the clinical implications of the project).
Students will work independently supported by their clinical placement supervisor in the field and the research coordinators at the university.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
The study time for this module is split into teaching/supervision hours and independent study. There will be two taught sessions, each lasting two hours. Sessions are organised to introduce the module, problem solve, and deal with specifics of writing up empirical research.
You will have support from the SSRP course tutors who will be your research supervisors for all aspects of this course. Individual supervision sessions are by appointment.
You will be spending the majority of your time for this module on independent study, reading and interpreting empirical and theoretical research, developing your research question and hypotheses, choosing and implementing appropriate methods, analysing and interpreting your data, and writing this work up in an academic style.
The module assumes basic prior knowledge of research methods equivalent to that provided during the masters year of your doctorate.
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Resources & Reading list
Denscombe, M. (2010). The Good research Guide: For Small Scale Social Research Projects. Maidenhead: Open University Press..
Barker, C, Pistrang, N, & Elliott, R (2016). Reserch Methods in Clinical Psychology: An introduction for Students and practitioners. Wiley, Blackwell: Chichester.
Thomas, G. (2013). How to do Your Research Project: A Guide for Students in Education and Applied Social Sciences. 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