G544 Approaches and Research Methods in PsychologyThis exam is one and a half hours long and consists of two sections. Section A is based on a practical project and you answer all questions. Section B provides a choice of two five part questions: you answer all parts of your chosen question.
Both sections are equally weighted, so spend 45 minutes on each section.
- This section provides stimulus material, which outlines background information to a practical project, with a set of research questions and the instruction "You are required to conduct an experiment / correlational study..." using a specified design / level of measurement.
- You select one of the research questions as the focus for the rest of your responses in this section.
- The first question will probably ask you to state your alternate or null hypothesis - make sure this is a fully operational hypothesis.
- The second question requires you to produce a detailed, replicable methodology for your practical project, as specified in the stimulus material (see above). This is worth 19 marks (13 for replicability / appropriateness; 6 for the quality of the design / feasibility): as the whole paper is worth 80 marks (40 for each section), you will need to spend about 20 minutes on this question.
- The rest of the questions relate to various aspects of your study, either asking you to outline / describe the participants, ethical considerations, statistical analysis or to evaluate aspects of your study.
- There are 7 questions in this section and other than qu 2, these are short answer questions, usually worth 3 or 6 marks.
- Section B provides a choice of 2 five part questions, each focused on an approach, a method, an issue or a debate.
- The question parts follow a similar structure:
- Outline the approach / method / issue / debate 
- Describe two pieces of research 
- Discuss strengths and limitations 
- Compare / contrast 
- Discuss something! 
- All responses need to include evidence to support the points made.
- Make sure points are developed fully, using PEC or similar to ensure what you are saying is obvious.