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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Advanced Research Methods and Project
Module Code PY320
School 37
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: James Brunton
Semester 2: James Brunton
Autumn: James Brunton
Module TeachersJames Brunton
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 15
Pre-requisite PY100, PY110, PY220
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The principal purpose of this module is to facilitate students in the completion, under supervision, of a research project based on an independent piece of psychological research. The module requires students to: design a research study; successfully apply for ethical clearance for the study; collect and analyse data; and submit a professionally presented research project document. To support students in preparing for, and carrying out their research projects, the module will involve a number of advanced research methods workshops. This module involves a project proposal that must be approved by the module tutor/supervisor in order for the student to progress with the module, i.e. a student’s proposal must be approved in order for that student to be able to proceed with the module. Also please note that the completion of a PY320 independent research project involves the successful application for ethical approval of the project. If this approval is not granted a student cannot proceed with the module.

Learning Outcomes

1. Evaluate, and reflect on, the process of carrying out psychological research
2. Under supervision, employ appropriate research methods and design strategies in the design of a psychological research study
3. Ground their research design in a critical review of the psychological literature related to their research study
4. Evaluate relevant theoretical concepts and empirical research in written format
5. Successfully navigate the process of seeking ethical clearance for a psychological research study
6. Critically apply the relevant guidelines and requirements for ethical conduct in carrying out psychological research
7. Competently engage in collection and analysis of psychological data, under supervision
8. Report research project rationale, findings, conclusions and overall implications in written format, and to a professional standard
9. Effectively communicate their research project rationale, findings, conclusions and overall implications in a written and/or oral presentation

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Workshop20Five advanced research methods workshops (3hrs)
Online activity60Student-Tutor, Student-Supervisor and Student-Student interaction through online discussion forums and other media.
Independent Study8Scheduled, (face to face and/or online) student-supervisor meetings
Class Presentation4Presentation based on research project poster, and viewing the presentations of fellow students
Independent Study283Using self-directed learning module learning resources, textbooks and other resources
Total Workload: 375

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

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Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentThis module involves assessments focusing on the process of preparing for, and carrying out, an independent piece of research. Students produce a research project document based on an original and independent research project. There are also research methods assessments specifically related to the advanced research methods workshops that are held as part of the module.100%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

    Programme or List of Programmes
    BAPYBA in Humanities (Psychology Major)
    SMPPYSingle Module Programme Psychology

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