Research Management

The details
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
06 November 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC C80612 Research Methods in Psychology,
MPHDC80048 Psychology,
PHD C80048 Psychology,
MSCIC998 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods,
MSCICB98 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods (Including Placement Year),
MSCICB99 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

Knowing how to manage your research effectively will be invaluable when producing quality work throughout your course. This module will teach you how to search for and critically review existing literature, communicate effectively to a scientific audience and take into account ethical issues. You'll then have the opportunity to put this into practice, preparing your own presentations and writing a literature review.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To equip students with the skills required to undertake, evaluate and communicate professional psychological research.

  • To achieve an appreciation of the ethical issues in relation to psychological research.

  • To develop the discipline-specific skills of presenting to, writing and publishing for an academic psychological audience.

  • To foster the generic skills of planning, organizing and presenting research in the behavioural and social sciences.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Conduct open science.

  2. Apply for ethical approval for a project.

  3. Conduct a literature search and write a literature review.

  4. Write a press release.

  5. Create a scientific poster.

  6. Undertake a review of the existing literature on a chosen or specified topic.

  7. Take adequate account of ethical issues in the design and conduct of their research.

  8. Produce a research proposal/protocol for a research study that incorporates ethical guidelines.

  9. Prepare a manuscript according to APA guidelines for publication.

  10. Critically appraise the work or others according to standard academic conventions.

  11. Prepare and deliver conference abstracts, poster presentations and oral presentations

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • One lecture/seminar per week.
  • Hands-on practise.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Press release  26/10/2023  20% 
Coursework   Literature Review  07/03/2024  60% 
Practical   Poster Submission   30/11/2023  20% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Sheina Orbell, email:
Sheina Orbell



External examiner

Dr Alexander Jones
Middlesex University
Senior lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 22 hours, 14 (63.6%) hours available to students:
8 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


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