You should write a journal style report, between 2000 (minimum) and 2500 (maximum) words, excluding references and appendices, but including in-text citations and figure labels etc. In other words, everything from the beginning of the title to the end of the discussion is included in the word count.
Your assignment should be double spaced and should mirror the form of an academic journal article. Journal articles are typically structured in the following format: title, abstract, introduction, method, results, discussion and references, and your report should follow all aspects of the APA publication style and the assessment should be submitted electronically via Moodle.
The following marks will apply to the sections:
Section Max. score
Hypotheses and rationale 5
What am I looking for? The following illustrates the marking criteria that will be used to assess this assignment…
Title: 2 marks
Concise yet meaningful.
Abstract: 8 marks
Around 150 words.
Clearly and concisely written with flowing text.
Contains key information: the problem you're investigating, who took part? (e.g. 16 adult male participants, aged between 18 and 50), essential features of design (i.e. how study constructed/executed), what you found (e.g. X took t seconds longer than Y) and what your findings mean.
Introduction: 20 marks
Not more than about 1/3 of the word count.
No repetition or redundancy in expression.
Clear, flowing and concise writing, building up from general ideas towards specific hypothesis.
Integration of ideas from different studies, not a series of linked ‘abstracts’.
Citations always used to support statements or descriptions of previous studies.
Hypotheses and rationale: 5 marks
Hypothesis emerges logically from the preceding sections of the introduction.
No heading or sub-heading or bullet point, or other separation from the body of the introduction, just a short and concise sentence or couple of sentences embedded in the final paragraph of the introduction.
Clearly, accurately and simply stated.
Method: 15 marks
Divided into sub-sections. See the APA guide for more information.
Subsections include: Participants (at least details of participant numbers, mean age, gender split); Design; Materials (e.g. questionnaire, computer); and Procedure (details of execution of study, including order of events, participant instructions, timing of events, etc).
Results: 15 marks
Describes means, frequency counts etc, according to groups/factors, depending on study chosen.
Inferential statistical tests are not required
Reports numerical differences
Discussion: 30 marks
Begins with recap of results (no numbers necessary).
Reports how results relate to hypothesis (supportive or not).
Considers findings in relation to previous literature on the topic.
Includes citations when reporting other studies.
Reports any unexpected findings and suggests explanations.
Discusses limitations of the study, including any possible confounds and how these might be overcome.
Considers what the next step/next experiment to investigate further or clarify these findings might be.
Clear, flowing and concise writing.
Referencing: 5 marks
Includes full references in APA format for all references presented in the paper.
Throughout all these sections, the following criteria will be assessed: grammar, spelling, punctuation, APA format, coherence of arguments, justification of arguments, use of literature, critical analysis, written style, structure of report and length of report.
N.B. In line with the Psychology Program Student Assessment and Referencing Guidelines and Procedures,
an assignment which fails to adhere to the word count (i.e. exceeds 2500 or is less than 2000), will be subject to a word count penalty of 10% of the total possible grade, i.e. 10 marks.
an assignment that is submitted late will attract a 5% penalty per day