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Introduction to Research Methods
Learn how to design and direct better research practices in the field of psychology and health. Pick up new and varied research methodologies. Analyse surveys, interviews and comparison studies. Work on hypothetical and real-world problems.
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- 01 Mar 2021
- 30 Aug 2021
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Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:
- Define the scientific method and scientific thinking principles.
- Apply knowledge of ethical issues in research.
- Describe the main concepts of measurement and various sampling methods.
- Explain the general concept of an experiment and a quasi-experiment and outline uses of these designs in research.
- Contrast a range of research designs and methods and be able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each method.
- Select appropriate research designs and research methods to address hypothetical and real world problems.
- Scientific Method
- Research Approaches and Data Collection Methods
- Measurement and Sampling
- Ethical Issues in Research
- Experiments and experimental designs
- Quasi-experiments and non-experiments
- Survey research
- Qualitative and Mixed Methods research
- Analysing and Interpreting Data
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This subject aims to provide students with an understanding of different research designs and research methods for psychology and health sciences. Students will gain familiarity with the scientific method, ethical issues in research, measurement, research design, and research methods. Students will be given the opportunity to develop professionally relevant knowledge in the selection and evaluation of research designs and methods and how to collect data that will address specific research questions.
Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the subject.
- Critical Review (15%)
- Research Project (35%)
- Final Assessment (TBC) (50%)
Current study term: 28 Feb 21 to 30 May 21)
Research Methods, Design and Analysis, 12th Global ed.
Larry Christensen, R Burke Johnson and Lisa Turner
Next study term: 29 Aug 21 to 28 Nov 21
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