|Module Code||BAHPSY 303|
|Module Title||Independent Research Project|
|Parent Programme/Stage||BA(Hons) Psychology||Stage Three/Award|
|Delivery Mode||FT/PT Blended|
|NFQ||Irish National Framework of Qualifications /Level 8|
|EFQ||European Qualifications Framework /Level 6|
|Workload (hours per week)||Two semester supervision plus tutorials 3 hours per week 2 x lec/1 x tutorial|
|Description||An integrative and culminating module, requiring learners to engage in independent research, showcasing the skills and knowledge they have acquired across their programme of study. Learners produce a piece of research demonstrating mastery of key skills in psychological research and the attainment of graduate attributes. Tutorials/ supervision/independent study/use of Moodle for directed self–study tasks.|
|Assessment||CA: 100% Ongoing supervised project|
|Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:|
|303A:||Elaborate a scientific hypothesis and carry out an empirical–ethical research study by integrating and extending concepts and skills learnt throughout the psychology programme.|
|303B:||Critically appraise national and international literature relevant to the chosen topic area and generate research questions.|
|303C:||Plan, justify and apply appropriate research methodologies complying with ethical standards.|
|303D:||Analyse research findings and complete the research thesis in a structured way, with appropriate academic writing and referencing style|
|303E:||Communicate effectively in an ethical scientific manner, with tutors and peers, through oral presentation of the research findings.|
-Selecting an appropriate research topic.
– Critically reviewing the literature, undertaking a narrative literature review; how and where to access literature, data bases, policy research, academic libraries; analysing primary data.
– Defining hypotheses and key questions that will focus the structure and content of the dissertation; formulating and clarifying the research aims and topic.
– Understanding methodology and methods. Quantitative and Qualitative perspectives in research and research strategies. Formulating a research design, choice and coherence in research design. Selecting appropriate research methods. Selecting samples; collecting primary data, data collection instruments (observations, surveys, interviews, questionnaires). Approaches to the collection and analysis of research data
– Concepts in research: bias, validity, replicability, generalizability.
– Ethical codes in Research (National and International), GDPR, PSI requirements, BPS and APA requirements. Preserving anonymity. Confidentiality, risks/benefits. Documents: proposal, consent, assent. Writing up a research proposal following ethical recommendations. Establishing the ethics of the research design; research populations and issues; research with children and vulnerable groups and evaluating the ethics of the research.
-Timeline and project management for writing of dissertation: creating and regularly updating a timeline and project management plan for the dissertation; setting goals and achieving them, setting a regular writing place, finishing a writing session/ chapter. Submitting a research proposal: the components of a research proposal. Submitting an Ethics application.
-Structuring your project report/dissertation; writing style; references styles and guidelines, the importance of following a reference style; meeting the assessment criteria.
-Oral presentation of the dissertation.
-Planning and preparing.