An intensive summer course providing adult students with the opportunity to explore cutting-edge material and research from the fields of Psychology and Behavioural Science.
This one-week summer programme, residential on the campus of the University of Oxford, can be combined with Part 2 in this series, “Applied Cognitive and Behavioural Psychology”, to form a longer immersion in this fascinating subject.Apply Now
This course will introduce students to the main areas of psychological and behavioural science research, and aims to develop the following in students:
The course will provide a detailed overview and the chance to practice using quantitative and qualitative research techniques to effectively conduct research studies in behavioural science generally and psychology in particular. The importance of SPSS as a tool in psychological and behavioural research will be demonstrated, and students will gain experience in using it.
Students will be introduced to the concepts involved in writing up psychological research and will critically assess the strengths and limitations of existing research reports. Students will be shown how the writing up of quantitative research differs from that of qualitative research methods. This will involve the design of a qualitative experiment in order to show how this differs to the previous quantitative methods.
Students will gain hands on experience in designing experiments and questionnaires and will develop a pilot questionnaire using Qualtrics to investigate an aspect of the study of Personality.
There will be an ethical debate towards the end of the course, and students will gain practical experience in presenting their research findings to a supportive audience of peers.
By the end of the course students will understand:
|Monday||Lecture 1: Introduction to Psychology|
|Seminar 1: Research methods in Psychology-Quantitative methods practical|
|Tuesday||Lecture 2: Statistics in Psychology-SPSS|
|Seminar 2: Statistics practical work|
|Wednesday||Lecture 3: Qualitative research methods|
|Seminar 3: Qualitative practical work|
|Thursday||Lecture 4: Individual/ group experimental design|
|Seminar 4: Experimental design practical work|
|Friday||Lecture 5: Ethics in Psychology|
|Seminar 5: Presentations, course review and action planning|
1 x Written Assignment (500-750 words)
1 x Group Presentation
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