Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
Autumn 2024
12 Weeks
University Certificate of Study
Faculty: Education and Health Sciences
Course Type: Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Dr Sandra O'Brien

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Brief Description


This course qualifies for 50% funding under the HCI Micro-Credential Course Learner Subsidy. Check fees section for details and eligibility.   Please Note:   Applicants may only apply for and receive, one subsidised course per semester.   

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You may apply for more than one Micro Cred under the same application.

Module Description

Module Code

NFQ Level

ECTS Credits

Next Intake


Practical and Research in Psychology 2




Autumn 2024

EU €600

Non-EU €1,200

This micro-credential represents a single module within a larger further award (e.g., Certificate, Diploma, Masters). By taking this micro-credential you may be eligible to apply for a credit exemption should you progress to study for a further award.

The programme(s) associated with this MicroCred are: 

The purpose of this MicroCred is to develop students understanding of the range of laboratory based activities in psychology and to provide opportunities for students to undertake practical studies in psychology and in so doing develop students ability to collect, code and analyse empirical data.


The modules will provide you with an understanding of the range of laboratory-based activities in psychology.  Students will obtain experience in collecting, coding, analysing and presenting empirical data. Students will engage in lab-based practical classes in order to develop expertise in conducting research in psychology. This will involve increasing familiarity with SPSS for coding of data and introduction of inferential statistics.

The module will be delivered online (E-learning) and it will have lab and fieldwork, independent reading, which will instill knowledge, encourage creativity, collaboration through online fieldwork and experiments. Students will learn about taking responsibility for their own learning through independent reading and enhanced articulation through their assessments.

Students will be required to analyse and write up data reports in private study time.  

Student Weekly Time Commitment: 2-3 hours


Assessment on the module is via coursework, in the form of two written assignments. Students must write two reports on research which will be undertaken during the semester

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Recall basic research methodologies that are used in psychology 
  • Identify the most suitable statistical test for several psychological research designs
  • Discuss the strengths of a within groups design.     
  • Differentiate a between groups design from a within groups design.
  • Value the strengths of qualitative research methods
  • Display a professional commitment to research integrity         
  • Execute several statistical analyses using SPSS
  • Design a between group experiment


Mature learners, leaving certificate or higher and those interested in psychology or switching into a psychology career. Learners will need to have access to a computer/laptop as they will need to download SPSS software to work on the programme.

Entry requirements are established to ensure the learner can engage with the course material and assessments, at a level suitable to their needs, and the academic requirements of the module. By applying to this micro-credential, you are confirming that you have reviewed and understand any such requirements, and that you meet the eligibility criteria for admission.

Successful completion of this module does not automatically qualify you for entry into a further award. All programme applicants must meet the entry requirements listed if applying for a further award.

EU €600

Non-EU €1,200

HCI Micro-Credential Course Learner Subsidy - Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria can qualify for 50% funding subject to the availability of places. Subsidy is applied on application. To clarify eligibility please go to Eligibility Criteria  

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