RSCH08014 2019 Psychology-Research Project

General Details

Full Title
Psychology-Research Project
Transcript Title
Psychology-Research Project
85 %
Subject Area
RSCH - Research
SOCS - Social Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
20 - 20 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Dr. Allison Gillen, Breda McTaggart
Programme Membership
SG_HENGL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Major: English and Psychology SG_HJOIN_H08 000000 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Major: English and Psychology SG_HENGL_H08 202000 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Major: English and Psychology

The final year research project aims to provide students with the opportunity to undertake an in-depth, empirical investigation of a psychological problem or topic. It will allow students to apply and develop research skills acquired during their programme of study. Students will ethically follow a designated research process, appropriate to their project. Students will be assigned a supervisor who will guide them through their research project.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Identify a Psychology topic or problem and formulate appropriate research question(s)/hypothesis.


Demonstrate the skills necessary to conduct a wide literature search in an area within psychology.


Identify, justify and use an appropriate methodology and method(s) of data collection for the research area under investigation.


Generate data that is ethically sourced.


Critically review evidence and demonstrate the ability to collate, interrogate, position and evaluate research findings.


Analyse data and derive conclusions, juxtaposing these to existent theoretical offerings and situating these within wider discourses by providing recommendations based on research findings.


Produce and present a research project that adheres to best practice conventions and scholarly expectations.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

One-to-one supervision of projects will be available to students. Students are expected to attend their supervision and are advised to document their weekly progress.

Students who choose not to attend organised supervision sessions will not be provided with additional supervision.

Module Assessment Strategies

There are two assessments for the Psychology Research Project module:

1. Psychology Research Project (10,000 words; 80%);

2. Psychology Research Project Presentation (10 minutes presentation; 5 minutes question and answer session; 20%).


Work submitted will be assessed by two members of the team. Both will mark the work independently, once complete they will review each other's grading/assessment of the Psychology Research Project. If marks are substantially different and/or agreement on a grade cannot be reached, third party marking will occur.

Repeat Assessments

Students who do not successfully complete this work will resubmit for the next available sitting. This second attempt will be capped at 40%.

Indicative Syllabus

The student will choose to complete a research project/dissertation. Research projects topics chosen will be either student-led or academic led.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the preparation and planning required to successfully complete a research project.

Students will include a clear rationale for the research topic chosen.

All students must undertake a rigorous, comprehensive literature review and critically evaluate secondary sources of evidence.

Students must, in consultation with their supervisor, decide on the most appropriate methodology and method(s) to complete their work e.g. empirical research, extended critical theory review, systematic review.

Students will complete project following a recognised research process, as decided in conjunction with their supervisor.

All students will demonstrate a robust understanding of ethics in research and develop appropriate strategies to ensure an ethically sound research dissertation/project.

Students will present a dissertation to the required QQI standards.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Psychology Research Project Project Project 80 % Week 13 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
2 Psychology Research Project Presentation Continuous Assessment Oral Exam 20 % Week 13 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Not Specified Research Supervision .5 Weekly 0.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.50 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Bell, J. with  Waters, S. (2014) Doing your research project, 6th Edition. London: Open Univesity Press.

Breakwell, G., Smith, J. and Wright, D.(2012). Research Methods in Psychology, 4th Edition. Sage.

Cone, J. and Foster, S. (2006). Dissertations And Theses from Start to Finish: Psychology And Related Fields,  2nd Edition. American Psychological Association ISBN-13: 978-1591473626

Creswell, J. (2012). Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design, 3rd Edition. London: Sage. 

Denscombe, M (2014). The good research guide for small‑scale research projects, 5th Edition. Berkshire: Open University Press. 

Evans, J. (2007). Your Psychology Project. The Essential Guide. London: Sage.

Gilbert, N. (ed) (2008). Researching Social Life. London: Sage.

Kane, E. and M. O' Reilly De Brun (2001). Doing your own research. London: Boyars.

Marsh, C. and Elliott, J. (2008). Exploring Data. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Sceale, C. (2012). Researching society and culture., 3rd Edition. London: Sage, 3rd edition

Shaughnessy, J., Zechmeister, E. and  Zechmeister, J. (2012). Research Methods in Psychology, 10th Edition. McGraw-Hill. ISBN-13: 978-0077825362

Silverman, D. (2013). Doing qualitative research. London: Sage: 

Walliman, N. (2004).Your Undergraduate Dissertation, London: Sage.

URL Resources 2011-12 Code of Ethics.pdf

Other Resources

PSI (2011). Code of Professional Ethics 2011. (Revised November 2010).


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