FOP2 Supplementary Coursework Instructions

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FOP2 Supplementary Coursework Instructions

  1. 1. Coursework Supplementary UNDERGRADUATE Instruction Dr Simon Bignell – Module Leader Spring 2012 Simon Bignell Fundamentals of Psychology 2 1 (4PS038) Psychology, School of Science 15
  2. 2. Coursework• Assessment is 100 percent coursework. A portfolio of three articles.• Coursework Portfolio Deadline: 5pm on 8th May 2012. UNDERGRADUATE• For this coursework students must complete one 500-word article on each of the three main areas from the module:- – Developmental Psychology. – Abnormal Psychology. – Cognitive Psychology.• The articles must focus on empirical work from published research and show clearly how this research links with existing theory on a specific subject from the module.• Links are provided on the module web pages to example articles from previous students’ work and examples of popular science publications (e.g. New Scientist, The Psychologist). Simon Bignell Fundamentals of Psychology 2 2 (4PS038) Psychology, School of Science 15
  3. 3. Please read the guidelines on Blackboard and the Forum.• You produce three 500-word articles/reports on each of the three main module areas.• You need to select, read and report a journal article of your choice from each of the three areas/units linking what the researchers did to the theory from the specific lecture.• Read the examples on Blackboard to pick up the style of writing required.• Think about what topics you are interested in from each of the sections (Developmental, Abnormal, Cognitive).• Select 3 appropriate journal articles (or use the provided ones) and read them in full.• Produce a 500 word report on each. Focus on empirical work from published research and show clearly how this research links with existing theory on a specific topic from the module. You might want to report: – Why they looked at the area they did. – What they did in the experiment or study. – What they found and how they interpreted their results. – How this study links to the theory in a specific lecture from the module. Write 3 x 500 Word Read the Find & Reports on Them Guidelines on Read 3 Linking to the Theory Blackboard Journal from the Module Articles
  4. 4. Coursework Portfolio of three articles• You must complete one 500-word article on each of the three main areas from the module. UNDERGRADUATE• Aimed at an educated audience on student-selected topics from the module (or you can use the provided articles).• The articles must focus on empirical work from published research and show clearly how this research links with existing theory on a specific subject from the module.• Links are provided on the module web pages to example articles from popular science publications, which you should use as a guide to the writing style (e.g. New Scientist, The Psychologist). Simon Bignell Fundamentals of Psychology 2 4 (4PS038) Psychology, School of Science 15
  5. 5. Coursework ReferencingYou don’t need to give a full reference section. But if you do make in-text citations you should give the full reference.References will quickly reduce your word count so avoid making lots of citations. Do cite the original source journal (that you read). UNDERGRADUATEGive a single full APA reference at the end of each report for the sources article OR make it absolutely clear in the text which paper you are reporting. For example:“New findings from Australian researchers at the Institute for Psychological Research (IPR) indicates that memory is influenced by how much television we watch. Reporting in the Journal of Memory Research in 2009 John Smith and Peter Jones found that the more TV you watch the worse your memory recall is. They suggest that this finding could be a result of short-term memory problems in…” Simon Bignell Fundamentals of Psychology 2 5 (4PS038) Psychology, School of Science 15
  6. 6. Coursework Maximising you grade!• Each article contributes one third of the UNDERGRADUATE available marks. The portfolio must consist of all three articles.• Marks will be awarded for: – Explaining well the link between research and theory. – Clarity. – Conciseness. – Conveying understanding of the source material. Simon Bignell Fundamentals of Psychology 2 6 (4PS038) Psychology, School of Science 15
  7. 7. Coursework Maximising you grade!• Understand the Journal Articles you read. UNDERGRADUATE• Link the research to the theory from the lecture.• Follow the guidelines and pick up the ‘magazine’ style of writing by checking the examples.• Write for an educated audience who have some but not an expert knowledge of Psychology.• Submit all three reports on time using the template. Simon Bignell Fundamentals of Psychology 2 7 (4PS038) Psychology, School of Science 15
  8. 8. Coursework Maximising you grade!• Read and understand the whole article but UNDERGRADUATE especially the Abstract and Conclusions.• Don’t exceed the word limit!• Reference the source journal article. Make it clear we know what the article is.• Make it interesting.• Choose journal articles wisely. Don’t make it hard for yourself.• You don’t have to report the whole paper! Simon Bignell Fundamentals of Psychology 2 8 (4PS038) Psychology, School of Science 15
  9. 9. Coursework Maximising you grade!• Don’t Panic. UNDERGRADUATE – If you have genuine technical or non- technical problems let us know.• Realise that this style of writing is not used for formal coursework essays or lab reports.• Go For it! Convince us of your enthusiasm.• Demonstrate your understanding.• Draft, Improve and resubmit (up to the deadline) if you need to. Simon Bignell Fundamentals of Psychology 2 9 (4PS038) Psychology, School of Science 15
  10. 10. Coursework Submission viaTurnitin• Guidelines are on the module web pages on Blackboard. UNDERGRADUATE• Please ensure that you have read the Coursework Guidelines and have completed your coursework using the Coursework Submission Template.• You can resubmit your work by uploading it again anytime up until the deadline. Simon Bignell Fundamentals of Psychology 2 10 (4PS038) Psychology, School of Science 15
  11. 11. Coursework Submission via Turnitin• Guide to Turnitin:http://psychology.derby.ac.uk/~steve/resources/turnitin.html• Submit your coursework using the ‘Coursework UNDERGRADUATESubmission Template’ (.doc) download from Blackboard. Simon Bignell Fundamentals of Psychology 2 11 (4PS038) Psychology, School of Science 15
  12. 12. Coursework Submission via Turnitin• Enter your name(Surname, First Name) UNDERGRADUATE• Enter your studentnumber.•Enter your Unimail emailaddress.•Save the file as a Word(.doc) with the file name‘SurnameFirstname’. Simon Bignell Fundamentals of Psychology 2 12 (4PS038) Psychology, School of Science 15
  13. 13. Coursework Submission via Turnitin• On each page (Unit1, 2 and 3): UNDERGRADUATE• Enter the lecture towhich your reportrelates.• Give your article atitle. Your choice.• Word process thereport then paste inthe text (small font). Simon Bignell Fundamentals of Psychology 2 13 (4PS038) Psychology, School of Science 15
  14. 14. Coursework Submission via Turnitin• Submit you work using a single Word (.doc) file once only to your Seminar Group (do not submit .docx files). UNDERGRADUATE• If you have an EEC/ECF deadline extension or a Student Support Plan that will influence the coursework submission please advise the module leader as soon as possible.• Just submit text. Don’t use fancy formatting, columns or pictures. We are only interested in the text. Simon Bignell Fundamentals of Psychology 2 14 (4PS038) Psychology, School of Science 15
  15. 15. Coursework Submission via Turnitin• Submit your Portfolio using the Coursework Template to Turnitin via your normal UDO account. Log in and submit in the usual way using the Blackboard link. UNDERGRADUATE• The ‘Preview’ you see when uploading your work is a ‘text only’ version. – The markers do receive the formatted version.• Please retain the digital receipt of your coursework submission.• Your module feedback will be return to you online via Gradebook. Simon Bignell Fundamentals of Psychology 2 15 (4PS038) Psychology, School of Science 15

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