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PgCert Research Methods in Psychology

Academic Year 2021/22

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance and Enhancement processes as set out in the DASA Policies and Procedures Manual.

Programme Title

PgCert Research Methods in Psychology

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Postgraduate Certificate

Programme Code

PSY-PC-RM

UCAS Code

HECoS Code

100985

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

60

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Psychology

Quality Code
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code

Higher Education Credit Framework for England
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/higher-education-credit-framework-for-england

Level 7

Subject Benchmark Statements
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/quality-code/qualifications-frameworks.pdf

Psychology (2019)

Accreditations (PSRB)

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

N/A

Programme Specific Regulations

For the award of the PG Cert, students must have passed modules worth 60 credits. 40 of these credits must relate to PSY7031, PSY7034, PSY7063, PSY7064, PSY7065, PSY7066 or PSY7104. The remaining 20 credits can relate to any other taught modules on the programme.

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

To provide graduate students with the opportunity for study of specialist topics in the area of applied developmental psychology research methods

To encourage graduate students to consider how basic developmental science may be applied in real world contexts

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Show a high level of scientific reasoning, linking and evaluating theory and evidence in developmental psychology

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lecture, seminars, workshops, talks

Methods of Assessment

Informally assessed through class discussion and exercises. Formally through coursework such as statistics portfolios and research proposals

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Basic and advanced research design and methods of investigation, data analysis and techniques and how they relate to basic and applied issues in child development

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, dissertation supervision

Methods of Assessment

Class tests, coursework portfolios

The ethical conduct of research with human participants, specifically with children

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, workshops, placement work, dissertation supervision

Methods of Assessment

Ethics submission, project report

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Show competence in a range of methods to analyse both quantitative and qualitative data using statistical packages, if appropriate.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, workshops, placement work

Methods of Assessment

Statistics portfolios, ethics assignment

Use a variety of psychological tools relevant for working with children, e.g., psychometric tests, laboratory equipment, specialist software.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, workshops

Methods of Assessment

Funding proposal, essays, presentations,

Write well-structured and well –argued prose, using style and conventions appropriate for publishing in the psychology literature.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, seminars, workshops, research

Methods of Assessment

Essays, funding proposal, ethics assignment

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Communicate ideas, principles, theories and research findings by oral and written means

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lecture, seminars, workshops, talks, project/placement work

Methods of Assessment

Coursework portfolios, posters, presentations,

Elicit high quality information and data from field sources

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lecture, seminars, workshops, project /placement work

Methods of Assessment

Project report, essays, placement portfolio

Use information technology (e.g. WWW, bibliographic data bases such as Psych info, word processors, statistics packages)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Workshops, project work

Methods of Assessment

All coursework but especially statistics portfolios, posters and essays

Pursue continuous improvement via self-reflection and other forms of professional and personal development activity

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Student-self-assessment will be promoted through Personal Development Planning.

Methods of Assessment

Class work, coursework, placement portfolio and reflective statement

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Principles of Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analysis 1

PSY7063

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Quantitative Data Analysis 1

PSY7065

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Principles of Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analysis 2

PSY7064

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Childhood Adversity: From Basic Science To Improving Outcomes

PSY7108

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Atypical Development In An Educational Context

PSY7107

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

75%

25%

0%

Psycho-oncology: Living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis

PSY7101

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

70%

30%

0%

Psychological Methods in Developmental Research

PSY7034

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Theoretical Perspectives on Child and Adolescent Development

PSY7081

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Arts In Health

PSY7103

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Mastering Your Leadership

PSY7110

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

75%

25%

0%

Introduction to Therapeutic Skills

PSY7109

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

0%

100%

0%

Research Design and Essential Methods in Clinical Health Psychology

PSY7104

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Health Behaviour Change

PSY7100

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Research Skills

PSY7031

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Psychological Adjustment In Chronic Physical Conditions

PSY7102

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Quantitative Data Analysis 2

PSY7066

7

10

YES

6 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes

Students have the option to take either PSY7109 or PSY7110, or neither, but not both.