Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE PSY1612

 
TITLE Research Methods in Psychology

 
LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 6

 
DEPARTMENT Psychology

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit will examine the three approaches to doing research – qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. This will be done by engaging with several data collecting tools such experimental, observations, interviews, focus groups, surveys and case studies. Issues of reliability and validit will be discussed as well as ethical issues related to research with human subjects.

Study Unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to introduce students to the research process and familiarize themselves with different methodologies, data collecting tools and conceptual frameworks.

At the end of the study-unit, students will be able to:

- Identify the best research design for a particular research question;
- Become aware of issues of reliability, validity, bias and sampling;
- Understand the philosophical assumptions underlying the different methodologies.

Learning Outcomes:

1.Knowledge and understanding:

At the end of the course students will be able to:

- Demonstrate knowledge of the qualitative and quantitative research techniques;
- Describe the steps in the research process;
- Demonstrate knowledge of various research designs (experimental/non- experimental);
- Demonstrate knowledge of research methods (experiments, surveys, interviews, focus group, observation).

2.Skills:

At the end of the course students will be able to:

- Describe the differences between qualitative and quantitative research methods;
- Know the basic steps in carrying out experimental and various non-experimental research methods;
- Identify the best research design for a particular research question;
- Become aware of issues of reliability, validity, bias and sampling;
- Understand the philosophical assumptions underlying the different methodologies.

Main Text:

- Creswell, J.W. (2003). Research design. qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches. London: Sage.

Reading List:

- Langdridge, D. & Hagger-Johnson, G. (2013). Introduction to research methods and data analysis in psychology. London: Preston Prentice Hall.
- Creswell, J.W. & Creswell J.D. (2017) . Research design. Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches. London: Sage.
- Creswell, J.W. (2007). Qualitative inquiry and research design: Choosing among five traditions. London: Sage.
- Punch, K. F. (2013). Introduction to social research: quantitative and qualitative approaches. London: Sage.

 
ADDITIONAL NOTES This study-unit is only offered to students with Psychology as an area of study.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Multiple Choice Questions Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Amy Joan Camilleri Zahra
Mary Anne Lauri

 
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