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To provide students with an opportunity for an in-depth, advanced study in a specific area of applied psychology, pertinent to the degree for which they are registered, guided by, but largely independent of, tutor support. To enable students to apply appropriate principles of empirical research to an issue of their choice within the subject area of their degree registration. To enable students to present their research study in the form of a written thesis, using appropriate styles and conventions.
This module aims to give you an overview of the biological bases of behaviour and the cognitive approach to psychology. After initial study of the anatomy physiology of the nervous system, attention is focused on aspects of behaviour that have a clear biological component. Through a series of practical laboratory sessions, you will investigate specific central and peripheral nervous system variables and their relation to behaviour. In the second half of the module, the nature of the cognitivist approach to psychology will be outlined and key theories relating to major cognitive faculties explored. Understanding of these is enhanced through a series of interactive seminars.
The aim of the module is to provide an intellectual setting within which students can both develop a fuller appreciation of substantive areas of applied psychology and improve their practical and analytical skills. The main aim is to direct students to develop an appreciation of the controversies and issues related to traditional and contemporary research, ethical issues, and up-to-date knowledge in the domain of applied psychology such as neuropsychology, infertility, sports and exercise and literacy acquisition.
This module conforms with the statistics and methodology requirements of the British Psychological Society s Graduate Basis for Registration. The module enables students to understand critically evaluate psychological research to understand how research design relates to research questions. It provides students with advanced skills in a variety of statistical analyses and enables them to conduct ethical psychological research at masters level utilising quantitative and qualitative methods. It provides skills in interpretation critical discussion of published psychological research. It prepares students for their dissertation and enables them to choose appropriate methodologies and analyses for research.
The module aims to develop the depth and breadth of students understanding of theory and research in social psychology and personality psychology. Central themes and concerns in both areas are discussed through the delivery requirements of the BPS Qualifying Syllabus.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.
A major part of your assessment will be your 7,000 to 10,000-word report in the style of a journal article. A wide variety of assessment methods are employed on the course including laboratory reports, essays, poster presentations, other written assignments and seen and unseen examinations. We will be looking, among other things, at your ability to look critically at both theory and empirical research, and material from different sources. You will receive regular feedback on your work.
Start: October 2020, EU/INT induction: September 2020
Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time