This module entails the student undertaking independent empirical research on a forensic topic. The area is guided by the students' supervisor, but also informed by the Division of Forensic Psychology curriculum. The research is to be at a publishable level and should make an original contribution to the field, however it is not required to provide as comprehensive coverage or investigation as that which would be required for a PhD.
Total contact hours: None formally timetabled.
Private study hours: 600
Total study hours: 600
Compulsory to: FOPSY:MSC-T Forensic Psychology
Method of assessment
Critical Research Review 40% 5,000 words
Empirical Research Project 60% 5,000 words
Reassessment methods: Like-for-Like.
Reading List (Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually)
American Psychological Association (2009). Publication manual (6th ed). Washington, DC: APA.
Health and Care Professions Council (2010). Guidance on conduct and ethics for students. London HCPC. Retrieved from http://www.hpc-uk.org/assets/documents/10002D1BGuidanceonconductandethicsforstudents.pdf
The British Psychological Society (2009). Code of Ethics and Conduct: Guidance published by the ethics committee of the British Psychological Society. Leicester: BPS. Retrieved from www.bps.org.uk/the-society/code-of-conduct/code-of-conduct_home.cfm
The British Psychological Health and Care Professions Council (2010). Guidance on conduct and ethics for students. London HCPC. Retrieved from http://www.hpc-uk.org/assets/documents/10002D1BGuidanceonconductandethicsforstudents.pdf
The British Psychological Society (2009). Code of Ethics and Conduct: Guidance published Society (2010). Code of Human Research Ethics. Leicester: BPS. Retrieved from http://www.bps.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/code_of_human_research_ethics.pdf
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1. Demonstrate advanced understanding of a specific area of Forensic Psychology by means of a complete critical research review and project report.
8.2. Conduct a piece of research investigating a forensic population/ or factors of relevance to forensic populations or forensic settings as evidenced in a complete project report.
8.3. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the applicability of various research methodologies to the investigation of Forensic Psychology by means of a complete project report.
8.4. Demonstrate an understanding of key ethical issues in conducting research on forensic populations as documented in either producing and receiving ethical approval for a piece of research, or, in the case of existing data, showing appreciation of core ethical issues in the complete project report.
The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1. Critically reason in relation to theory and research as documented in a complete critical research review, and project report.
9.2. Write up a piece of research for publication as documented in a complete critical research review, and project report.
9.3. Apply statistical procedures to real world research issues as documented in the complete project report.
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