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Durham University

Postgraduate Module Handbook 2021/2022

Archive Module Description

This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23

Department: Psychology

PSYC40315: Research Design in Child and Clinical Psychology

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2021/22
Tied to C8K009 Developmental Psychopathology
Tied to C8K107 Research Methods (Developmental Psychology)


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To provide an introduction to methods and designs used in developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology
  • To provide practical training in a range of transferable skills relevant for professional and personal development.


  • This module covers method and design issues for research in child and clinical psychology and covers topics such as:
  • Problems of experimental design and method in child and clinical research;
  • Single case designs in clinical research;
  • Professional skills, including legal and professional issues and the communication of research.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Acquisition of knowledge about factors influencing research design and method as applied to child and clinical research and practice.
  • Detailed background and history/development of research within the field.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Developing an understanding of the nature of research design and methodologies as applied to modern child and clinical research.
Key Skills:
  • Good written communication skills
  • Developing the ability to learn independently within broad guidelines.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • This module is taught through weekly two hour seminars for one term.
  • This module is assessed formatively through a group presentation.
  • Summative assessment of this module is through an examination which includes both an essay and short-answer questions.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Seminars 10 Weekly for 1 term 2 hours 20
Preparation and reading 130
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Examination 2 hours 100%

Formative Assessment:

Group presentation.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University