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Psychological and Behavioural Science – Part 1: Conducting Psychological Research

Psychological and Behavioural Science – Part 1: Conducting Psychological Research

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.

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Course Summary

This course will introduce students to the main areas of psychological and behavioural science research, and aims to develop the following in students:

  • first-class research and writing skills
  • the ability to plan investigations and design experiments
  • skills in drawing conclusions and writing up persuasive research reports

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:

  • The different areas within psychology and behavioural science that have attracted considerable research interest and add to existing knowledge through the creation and production of experimental research design both quantitatively and qualitatively.
  • How to set up, use and run SPSS to arrive at statistical conclusions from the research data and integrate the findings into high quality psychology and behavioural science research reports.
  • How to make successful and presentations to support the research findings

Course Outcomes

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

Assessment Methods

1 x Written Assignment (500-750 words)

1 x Group Presentation

Campuses

St Andrews University

  • Location St Andrews
  • Ages Ages: 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Superior single
  • Bathroom Type En-suite
  • Year Built Founded in 1413

Yale

  • Location Yale
  • Ages Ages: 13-18
  • Bedroom Type Single & shared sets
  • Bathroom Type Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1701

St Mary’s School

  • Location Ascot
  • Ages Ages: 8-12
  • Bedroom Type Twin & dormitory
  • Bathroom Type Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1885

Uppingham School

  • Location Uppingham
  • Ages Ages: 8-12
  • Bedroom Type Twin & dormitory
  • Bathroom Type Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1584

Merton College

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1264

Oxford College Accommodation

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12+, 13-15, 16-18, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1096 (University of Oxford)

Cambridge University Accommodation

  • Location Cambridge
  • Ages Ages: 13-15, 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single and twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1209 (University of Cambridge)

Imperial College London

  • Location London
  • Ages Ages: 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single
  • Bathroom Type En-suite
  • Year Built Founded in 1907

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