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Advanced Research Methods & Applications - EDU00028H

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  • Department: Education
  • Module co-ordinator: Mr. Ruggero De Agostini
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21

Module aims

  • To further develop students research literacy in relation to educational and psychological research, with a focus on developing skills for consuming advanced quantitative analysis and on carrying out empirical studies using a variety of methodological approaches
  • Develop an understanding of theoretical and practical implications of choices of research designs and paradigms
  • To develop research knowledge and skills which are essential in a range of careers in educational psychology, particularly those associated with graduate-level research
  • To specialise students knowledge of a range of data collection and analysis techniques in preparation for graduate-level research and professional careers within educational psychology

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • Gain experience in designing experimental research designs, strategies and techniques, including both qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Gain experience using commonly-used research instruments
  • Gain specialist knowledge in relation to designing and implementing commonly-used research instruments in psychology of education, including questionnaires, interview schedules and observation schedules
  • Gain practical experience of designing and implementing common instruments for data collection in psychology of education through interactive workshops, practical sessions and computer-based lab sessions.
  • Gain specialist knowledge of quantitative designs and analysis techniques for psychology in education, including a range of multivariate statistics (e.g., multiple regression, a range of analysis of variance methods).
  • Be able to evaluate the appropriateness of techniques for different research topics, critically describe strengths and limitations of different data collection methods, and know how to gather and analyse data using each of these methods
  • Gain practical experience of analysis techniques for dealing with data through practical sessions and computer-based lab sessions, including specialist software
  • Be able to critically evaluate and identify the characteristics of a scientifically rigorous work in psychology of education

Academic and graduate skills

  • Critically evaluate academic arguments as presented in research reports using a range of methods and data analysis techniques
  • Manage a range of sources and critically evaluate the reliability and validity of these in informing and supporting academic argumentation
  • Use the VLE and Internet effectively


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Advanced Research Methods & Applications
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Advanced Research Methods & Applications
N/A 100

Module feedback

Individual written feedback reports, with follow-up tutor meeting if necessary. The feedback is returned to students in line with university policy. Please check the Guide to Assessment, Standards, Marking and Feedback for more information.

Indicative reading

Aron, A., Aron, E., & Coups, E. (2010). Statistics for the behavioral and social sciences: A brief course New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
Pallant, J. (2010). SPSS survival manual: A step by step guide to data analysis using the SPSS program (4th ed.). Berkshire, UK: McGraw Hill.
Coolican, H. (2009). Research methods and statistics in psychology.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to courses

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