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  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 4
  • Convenor: Gillian Forrester
  • Assessment: a panel discussion (30%) and a 1200-word essay (70%)

Module description

This module will focus on providing knowledge and understanding of the conceptual and theoretical basis of psychology research, and provide opportunities to acquire and appreciate the strengths, limitations and real-world applications/use of different research approaches and methods.

Indicative module content

  • Introduction to psychology as a science
  • Introduction to key approaches within psychology
  • Introduction to key debates in psychology
  • Introduction to a selection of current and emerging approaches within psychology
  • Development of core skills for learning in the context of academic psychology

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

    • give a brief overview of the main approaches within psychology, highlighting the key methods, issues and debates associated with each
    • briefly compare, contrast and critique approaches within psychology
    • make basic considerations of research methodology suitable for addressing a research question
    • frame and develop a line of enquiry by developing a research question and a proposal for addressing this question
    • think and behave ethically, respecting codes of ethical conduct, in the planning and execution of psychological research
    • take an informed part in debates within contemporary psychology, drawing on your understanding of theory and research from within the discipline
    • understand the importance of - and be able to use - core study skills to support your learning and performance on the programme
    • communicate ideas succinctly both orally and written through coursework and final examination.