Module Details

IA936-6-FY-CO: Research Methods For Psychology And Social Sciences

Year: 2017/18
Department: Essex Pathways
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr Ritta Husted
Teaching Staff: Dr Ritta Husted
Contact details: jpsumm

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

Introduction to both quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as examination of the underlying ethical issues in conducting research, the philosophical grounding on which research methods rely and the problematic nature of objectivity in research. Students will be encouraged to reflect on the prevailing research methodologies in their discipline and to relate the course content to their own research interests.


Coursework consists of:

One individually designed questionnaire related to students' subject area (50%). Questionnaire submitted in week 11. Feedback provided in week 14.

One 2,500 word individual research report including literature review and statistical analysis. Report submitted in week 23 (50%). Feedback provided in week 26.

Learning and Teaching Methods

Three weekly sessions including: lectures, classes, and individual tutorials.


100 per cent Coursework Mark


  • Byman, A & R G Burgess (eds) (1994) Analysing Qualitative Data Routledge
  • Hayes, N (2000) Doing Psychology Research: Gathering and Analysing Data OUP
  • Howitt, D and D Cramer (2005) Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology Pearson
  • Tudiver, F et al (eds) (1992) Assessing Interventions: Traditional and Innovative Methods Sage
  • Yin R K (2003) Case Study Research, Design and Methods (3rd edn) Sage

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