MSc Psychological Research Methods Induction Information 2018

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Welcome to the School of Psychology at the University of Plymouth, and if you are new to the city, welcome to Plymouth. You are starting on a fascinating intellectual and academic journey with us, as well as an exciting new stage of your life. I hope that you enjoy the journey, and make the most of all the opportunities that the University has to offer.

Your first week here is called Induction Week, during which there will lots of timetabled events. These are aimed at providing you with important information, helping you to become familiar with the University, and giving you the chance to meet some of your fellow students and tutors. There is a full timetable of events listed below. Please read it carefully, and ensure you attend the sessions.

On behalf all the staff in the School of Psychology, I welcome you to the University of Plymouth, and look forward to meeting you.

Tim Hollins, Head of School of Psychology.

Before you arrive

Please review the list of projects and research interests offered by staff on our online MSc Project Allocation system. You should have been sent (via email) details of this system, along with a personalised link to access details of these projects, during the summer. 

Before attending the induction days please:

- review the list of projects

- identify 3 members of staff with interests which align with your own, and where relevant read references mentioned in the project descriptions. Here is a link for staff research interests

During the induction sessions we will explore your interests and identify how to approach staff and negotiate the design of your research.

Tuesday 18 September

9.00–9.30 Arrival with refreshments Venue: Portland Sq Foyer, outside Plymouth lecture Theatre

9.30–10.00 Welcome from programme leaders Venue Portland Sq Building, Plymouth Lecture Theatre

MSc Psychology Dr Alison Bacon

MSc Psychological Research Methods Dr Chris Berry

MPsych Advanced Psychology Professor Chris Harris

10.00–11.00 Overview of induction and introduction to MSc Postgraduate Research Methods and MPsych with Dr Chris Berry, Dr Ben Whalley and Professor Chris Harris Programme Leaders Venue Smeaton Building, room 203

11.00–11.30 Break

11.30–13.00 How do we know things? with Professor Chris Harris Venue Scott Building 001

13.00–13.15 Welcome from Professor Tim Hollins, Head of School Venue Scott Building 001

13.00–13.30 Advice re online enrolment (optional) Venue Scott Building 001

13.00–14.00 Break

14.00–14.45 Introduction to seminar/ tutorial/ MPsych pathway groups Venue Scott Building 001

14.45–15.15 Campus tour (optional) assemble @ Scott Building 001

15.15–15.30 Introduction to the psychology technical office with Anthony Mee, Technical Manager Venue Scott Building 001

15.30–16.00 Meet the psychology student advocate, Dr Patric Bach Venue Scott Building 001

Wednesday 19 September

9.00–9.30 Arrival with refreshments Venue Scott Building Room 101 (1st floor)

9.45–10.00 Overview of the day's activities Venue Scott Building Room 101 (also sign up for Tutor meeting for Friday

10.00–11.00 Assessment at masters level Venue Scott Building Room 101

11.00–11.30 Break

11.30–13.00 Introduction to option modules, semester 1 modules and specialist modules (semester 1 PSY555, PSY556, PSY559, PSY561, PSY566, PSY568, PSY570)  (semester 2 PSY564, PSY567, PSY569, PSY577) Venue Babbage Building room 411 (4th floor)

13.00–14.00 Break

14.00–15.00 Introduction to master's project Venue Babbage Building room 406

In preparation for this session it would be extremely helpful if you could refresh your memory for the last piece of research you did (eg re-read your dissertation), or if you are new to psychology think about the range of research topics that interest you: what type of project would you like to develop this year?

This session will include:

  • supervisor/student relationship, expected contribution
  • Project Allocation System (PAS)/ finding a supervisor
  • login to PAS
  • project brainstorming.

15.00–16.00 University support services Venue Babbage Building room 406

  • Academic writing with Joe Allison
  • Wellbeing Centre
  • Careers service with Claire Guy
  • Robot club
  • Psysoc with Molly Timlett Chair Psysoc.

Thursday 20 September

Free day

Friday 21 September

9.30–10.00 Arrival with refreshments and University card collection. You must complete online enrolment and photo upload prior to collecting your University card, also remember to bring valid passport and/or driving licence. Cards are only issued to new students, so if you are a returning student please bring your existing student card with you. Venue Smeaton Building, room 100

10.00–12.00 Nuts and bolts Venue Smeaton 100

  • Using the DLE
  • Checking your timetable
  • Office 365
  • Accessing other University systems.

12.00–13.30 Postgraduate lunch, a networking lunch for all PG students and academic staff, meet postgraduate students undertaking other psychology programmes Venue Link Building room 301 (3rd floor)

13.30–16.00 Individual meetings with tutors

It is important that you enrol online and upload a photo prior to attending Induction, because this will enable us to create your computing account and Student card in good time.

Please use the links below to enrol and upload your photo. If you have any problems enrolling please contact .

A postgrad welcome party will be arranged at the beginning of Semester 1, for psychology postgraduate and research students and teaching staff. You will be informed when and where it is to be held via email.

Please note the week beginning 24 September is University week nine.

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Essential information for new international students

Monday 17 – Friday 21 September daily between 16.30–17.00 Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square.
This session is delivered by the International Student Advice (ISA) team and is an opportunity for new international students to meet the team and learn about the services they deliver. 

During this session the team will provide you with essential information designed to help you to settle in to living and studying in Plymouth. 
They will also advise you of your tier 4 visa responsibilities and answer any questions you may have related to your visa. 

There is no need to book in advance, you can just turn up.

UPSU events

Friday 14 September: International Fair, the Students' Union

Monday 17 September: Market Day, Students' Union roof

Tuesday 18 September: Freshers Fair, Marquee and Students' Union and Roland Levinsky building and Students' Union roof

Wednesday 19 September: Sports Fair, Rolle Marquee and Students' Union

Thursday 20 September: Societies and Activities Fair, Rolle Marquee and Students' Union and Roland Levinsky Building and Students' Union roof

Friday 21 September: Volunteering Fair, Rolle Marquee

View more information about UPSU events.

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Can our memories have unconscious influences on our behaviour? Intuitively, it feels as if they can, but whether this can be demonstrated in the laboratory has proven to be a controversial issue. There is now a fascinating array of research relating to implicit, or unconscious, memory. We explore this research by critically examining: 

  • major theories of implicit memory, 
  • the main methods used for demonstrating that memories can be unconscious, 
  • how processing fluency biases memory judgements, and 
  • whether traditional explicit memory tasks actually have an implicit memory component.  

Dr Chris Berry

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