Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 10 weeks

UK fee

£1,010 (2021/22)

International fee

£1,010 (2021/22)/EU

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

Certificate of Credit

Start dates

January, September, May

Location

Online

Online course description

This course is an optional module within our online MSc Ergonomics and Human Factors and can be completed as a standalone 10-week course. You will gain 20 credits at level 7 with a Certificate of Credit to evidence your learning achievement.

It is ideally suited to those who want to know more about the research design, ethical practice in research and qualitative and quantitative approaches to research.

It will develop your ability to perform appropriate statistical analyses to address research questions about human behaviour. You will learn to design, conduct and report an ethically sound, quantitative research study exploring human behaviour, and develop a critical understanding by evaluating qualitative research designs and findings.

You'll cover philosophical background to empirical research and investigation plus generating and exploring hypotheses and empirical research questions and qualitative approaches. For example: assumptions and basics, epistemology, differences between methods and methodology, approaches to qualitative methods, validity and reliability.

It also covers quantitative approaches, for example: Assumptions and basics, descriptive tests, exploring data, parametric and non-parametric inferential analyses, testing for differences, testing for relationships, effect sizes and power analysis.

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

Critically appraise a contemporary qualitative research paper using selected criteria.

Goldstandard teaching**Teaching Excellence Framework

Delivery from experienced academics

We have over 10 years' experience in the delivery of online courses which means you can expect the highest standards of teaching and education. Our specialist ergonomics academic team will guide you through the module, providing regular contact and feedback to ensure you stay on track. You can be assured of a supportive and structured learning experience and our online learning advisors are on hand to provide non-academic support throughout your studies.

What you will study

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Discovering Online Learning Webinar, June 2021

Wednesday, 16 June 2021 14.00 - 15.00

During this hour long webinar, we'll take you through the basic principles of how online learning works and what you can expect as an online learner with the University of Derby Online Learning.

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How you will learn

The module is delivered 100% online over 10 weeks using a range of interactive learning materials and some live classroom sessions. Provision is made for discussion and interaction with tutors and fellow students through live virtual classroom sessions and online discussion forums. You will study alongside students who are on the Ergonomics and Human Factors MSc, giving you a wider perspective of cognitive ergonomics and psychology from your global student community.

Offset course credits towards another qualification

Once you've completed this course you may be able to offset the 20 credits towards our online Ergonomics and Human Factors MSc as this would reduce the number of modules you would need to study and the total cost of the course.

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Who will teach you

Dr Boban Simonovic
Programme leader

Lecturer in Psychology, Dr Boban Simonovic, joined the University of Derby as a Lecturer in Psychology in November 2017, having previously worked as an associate lecturer (online), and as a teaching assistant on campus.

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Entry requirements

You should possess one of the following:

We will also consider applications which demonstrate evidence of relevant key practical experience and work-based training.

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

If you are unable to take an English Language Test locally, you may wish to consider our Derby English Language Test (DELT), which is an online test in two parts: reading and writing, and listening and speaking. Take a look at our Derby English Language test (DELT) page for full course details, online exam dates and how to book.

Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2021 and August 2022.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £1,010 1 £1,010

About your fees

Prices are correct for the year of entry shown. These are subject to annual increase in subsequent academic years.

Flexible payment plan available

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.

Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.

Careers

This Investigation and Analysis Certificate of Credit focuses on you obtaining 20 credits at level 7 for your CPD, with the opportunity to continue your studies on our online CIEHF accredited Ergonomics and Human Factors MSc.

The Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) is an excellent resource for employment opportunities and for information about gaining experience in ergonomics.

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