This assessment is designed to strengthen your understanding of the concepts and themes explored in this unit (learning outcome 1) by getting you to think about these in relation to other concepts learnt in this unit and applying some of these to ‘real-world’/practical examples (learning outcomes 2 and 3). This assignment also encourages you to think about how different concepts from different lectures are related and how some of these can be applied outside of the unit.
A concept map includes core concepts, usually enclosed in circles or boxes (nodes), with relationships illustrated by directional lines connecting the nodes AND linking words or statements that explain the nature of the relationship between nodes. You will develop a concept map that demonstrates understanding of the key unit concepts and are linked to three overarching themes.
In order to achieve the requirements for the concept map you will need to:
Select a lecture topic covered during the first six weeks of this unit to use as the basis of the first theme in the concept map. The date and title of the lecture you select should appear on the Concept Map Assignment Detail Form (available on the unit moodle site) and MUST be submitted with your concept map.
Your concept map MUST contain a minimum of TWENTY-SIX identified concepts including the following elements:
Ten core concepts from your selected lecture in this unit (Theme 1).
Eight additional concepts from at least one other lecture in this unit (Theme 2).
Eight additional concepts that connect the selected concept/s to 'real-world'/practical applications (Theme 3).
You are required to use some sort of system (colours/geometric shapes) to make each theme distinguishable. You can add extra concepts and themes should you so wish. However, must have no more than 50 concepts in total included in your map.
Electronic documents are preferable but you will not be penalised for using textas and paper. Concept mapping software is available to download from the web. Some sites allow you a free trial and others will let you access the software for free. The Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) provides free concept mapping software for both PC and Mac http://cmap.ihmc.us/cmaptools/cmaptools-download/ (Checked 8/02/17).
Further information is available on the moodle course website. We will be covering concept maps in detail during the third week of the course, so do not worry too much if it is the kind of task you have never done before.