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Research Methods

1) Research Methods Course Outline

1) The application of scientific method in psychology

  • The major features of science, including replicability, objectivity, theory construction, hypothesis testing, the use of empirical methods 
  • Validating new knowledge and the role of peer review

2)  Designing psychological investigations

  • Selection and application of appropriate research methods
  • Implications of sampling strategies, for example, bias and generalising 
  • Issues of reliability, including types of reliability, assessment of reliability, improving reliability
  • Assessing and improving validity, including internal and external 
  • Ethical considerations in design and conduct of psychological research

3) Data analysis and reporting on investigations 

  • Appropriate selection of graphical representations 
  • Probability and significance, including the interpretation of significance and Type 1/Type 2 errors 
  •  Factors affecting choice of statistical test, including levels of measurement 
  • The use of inferential analysis, including Spearman’s Rho, Mann- Whitney, Wilcoxon, Chi-Squared 
  • Analysis and interpretation of qualitative data 
  • Conventions of reporting on psychological investigations

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