Investigating psychology 2
This module takes an integrative approach, focusing on the everyday questions that psychology can help us to answer. Why do we help one another? Do you see what I see? How do we know what’s right? Investigating how we understand others and the world around us, the module draws on biological, cognitive, developmental and social research in psychology to help you answer questions such as these. You'll also learn how to design and conduct your own research, covering a number of different methods for gathering and analysing evidence on psychological processes.
What you will study
This module draws on the four core areas of biological, cognitive, developmental and social research in psychology to investigate how we understand others and the world around us. Individual differences and conceptual and historical issues in psychology (CHIPS) will be taught throughout the module within the context of these four core areas. The module also provides training and practice in a variety of psychological research methods.
The interactive online study guide leads you, week by week, through a series of everyday questions such as: Why do we help one another? Do you see what I see? Why do I feel this way? How do we know what’s right? It is divided into three main blocks and is designed to take you on a journey through the four core areas mentioned above, exploring their distinctive and overlapping contributions.
Block 1 starts with some fundamental concepts in social psychology and leads to the cognitive approaches to understanding the social world.
Block 2 begins with cognitive investigations of perception and attention and takes you on to biological understandings of the brain and behaviour.
In Block 3, you'll begin with the basic biological processes at birth and move through the lifespan to learn about developmental approaches to psychology.
The module is designed to highlight work that crosses the boundaries between the four core areas; for example, by employing concepts or methods developed in one area of research to help us understand psychological problems that have been mainly studied in another.
You'll also learn how to design and conduct your own research, covering a number of different methods for gathering and analysing evidence on psychological processes. This module builds on the methods, knowledge and skills that you gained from the OU level 1 module Investigating psychology 1 (DE100). It will also prepare you for your independent project work in the OU level 3 module Investigating psychology 3 (DE300). Your understanding of various research methods will be widened and have opportunities to further develop your skills. There will be a strong focus on practical methods, including various approaches to data collection as well as analysis (e.g. using statistical software).
You'll conduct and write up two mini projects which will develop and assess your quantitative and qualitative research skills in experimental and text-based research methods. You will also be assessed through two interactive computer-marked assignments (iCMAs), a poster, a collaborative assignment and an integrative essay. The module finishes with a partly seen examination.
If you are considering progressing to Investigating psychology 3 (DE300), normally you should have completed this module.
This is one of the core modules in our British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degrees in psychology.
This module is not available for standalone study; it can only be studied as part of a psychology qualification.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.
You'll be provided with three text books, statistical analysis software (SPSS) and have access to a module website which includes:
- a week-by-week study planner
- module materials
- audio-visual content
- assessment guide
- online tutorials and forums
- links for further study.
A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.
Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.
A desktop or laptop computer with either:
- Windows 7 or higher
- Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.
To join in the spoken conversation in our online rooms we recommend a headset (headphones or earphones with an integrated microphone).
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