ULMS Electronic Module Catalogue

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Title Advanced Research Methods in Organisational Psychology
Code ULMS880
Coordinator Dr M Miraglia
Work, Organisation and Management
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 7 FHEQ Whole Session 15

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):


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Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on a required basis:


Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on an optional basis:


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   10



Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 110


EXAM Duration Timing
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Research Proposal Standard UoL penalty applies The re-sit opportunity will be a re-submission of the original assessment but must incorporate the required improvements identified in the summativ  -3000 words    100       


In order to meet the needs of Stage 1 of the BPS Qualification in Occupational Psychology, this module aims to provide students with advanced understanding, knowledge and critical insight into the major research designs, methodologies and analytical techniques used in the discipline of organisational psychology, and thereby equip them with the necessary skills and competencies to undertake an independent empirical research dissertation (ULMS883 Research Project). The module aims to enable students to understand the philosophical principles of social science research and support them in developing and refining a specific research topic for their research proposal. Students will be provided with advanced insight into both quantitative and qualitative research design, methodology and analysis and will develop data analytical skills through a series of practical workshops and seminars. The module also aims to equip students with the necessary insight into how to effectively manage the r esearch process, including negotiating access to organisations, the importance of ethics in research, and the dissemination of findings.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will have developed a critical understanding of the role that research philosophy plays in determining the choice of research design.

(LO2) Students will be able to understand and critically evaluate the major research designs used in qualitative and quantitative research.

(LO3) Students will have developed and applied key skills in qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

(LO4) Students will have developed an appreciation for the importance of adhering to relevant ethical standards in the design, conduct and dissemination of research.

(LO5) Students will have developed an appreciation for the importance of their own ethical practice in working with organisations and the practical challenges that conducting applied research can pose.

(LO6) Students will have conceptualised and designed a novel and feasible research proposal in line with supervisory guidance that forms the basis for the ULMS883 Research Project module.

(S1) Numeracy. Students will be trained in the use of quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis, and based on this, will be required to present a data analytical strategy in their research proposal.

(S2) Problem solving. Students will be required to read a large body of literature in their chosen research topic and derive a specific organisational problem and related theory on which to build their research proposal.

(S3) Communication skills. Students will be required to critically reflect on the theoretical and practical implications of their proposed research, communicate these clearly in the research proposal and present a dissemination strategy for communicating research findings in the individual assignment.

(S4) Organisation skills. Students will be working under strict deadlines to develop and refine a specific research question that makes a contribution to the discipline of organisational psychology.

(S5) Digital fluency. Students will be required to effectively navigate and utilise various electronic databases in order to conduct a comprehensive literature search on their chosen research topic.

(S6) Ethical awareness. Students will be required to understand the both the University of Liverpool code of research ethics, as well as the BPS Code of Research Ethics, and apply these frameworks appropriately to the planning of their research proposal. Ethical awareness will also be directly assessed in the individual assignment.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Hybrid delivery, with social distancing on campus.

Online asynchronous learning materials x 20 hours.
Online asynchronous “bitesized” lectures will introduce key topics and concepts which will be explored and applied further in seminars.
All lectures will run in Semester One.

Seminars x 10 hours.
Face-to-face seminars will be designed to support the lecture content by providing students with the opportunity to critically discuss models, concepts and theories, and apply them to practical examples such as case studies.
All seminars will run in Semester One.

Workshops x 10 hours.
A series of workshops will be delivered to equip students with the practical skills that they will need to conduct quantitative analysis in SPSS and qualitative analysis in NVivo.
All workshops will run in Semester Two.

Self-directed learning x 110 hours.
Students will use self-directed learning hours to engage in the followi ng activities: development of research proposal through wider self-directed reading, meetings with supervisor, key and recommended reading, consolidation of lecture and seminar topics, individual assignment preparation, use of online resources (e.g., videos, podcasts) to support learning.



Module content will be directly informed by the latest version of the BPS’s latest ‘Supplementary Guidelines for Research and Research Methods’, and, therefore, may be subject to change. The module will comprise the following indicative content:

Philosophical principles of social science research;

Identifying a research problem;

Refining your research focus and conducting a literature review;

Quantitative research design and methodology;

Quantitative data analysis (e.g., structural equation modelling, multi-level analysis);

Qualitative research design and methodology;

Qualitative data analysis (e.g., grounded theory analysis);

Research ethics;

Preparing a research proposal;

Practical skills workshops on qualitative and quantitative data analysis in NVivo and SPSS.

The University Library will also deliver an online dedicated practical skills session on how to conduct a literatur e search using a range of Library resources.

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at readinglists.liverpool.ac.uk. Click here to access the reading lists for this module.