Submission DeadlineMarks and FeedbackBefore 10am on:20 working days after deadline (L4, 5 and 7)15 working days after deadline (L6)10 working days after deadline (block delivery) Unit title & codeBiological and cognitive Psychology. PSY002-2Assignment number and titleAssignment one, experimental reportAssignment typeWritten reportWeighting of assignment30%Size or length of assessment2,500 words +/- 10% (references not included)Unit learning outcomes1. Use sophisticated online search techniques so that you can judge appropriate primary sources to use in your reports; this will allow you to demonstrate a breadth of knowledge and understanding of conceptual and historical issues across the areas of biological and cognitive psychology and a knowledge of the theories, approaches and methods used in these fields to investigate behaviour.2. Critically evaluate different perspectives in your writing of an experimental report, related to biological and cognitive psychology organised using the standard template, and engage in data collection, analysis and interpretation. What am I required to do in this assignment?Design and conduct an experiment to investigate changes in Autonomic and Central nervous System (ANS, CNS) activity on working memory performance. You will be taught how to record physiological data and take part in the experiment yourself, either as an experimenter or participant. Details of the experiment will be covered in online activities and on Breo.What do I need to do to pass? (Threshold Expectations from UIF)Adapt interpersonal and communication skills to a range of situations, audiences and degrees of complexity.Take responsibility for own learning and development using reflection and feedback to analyse own capabilities, appraises alternatives and plans and implements actions.Critically evaluate a variety of relevant studies and theories on the basis of their validity, implications, ethics, and scientific rigour.Analyse and report on the findings of data with minimal guidance.Consider theoretical and real-world implications of the findings, how well they generalise, and study limitations.How do I produce high quality work that merits a good grade?An excellent Introduction shows clarity of argument and critical analysis. Rationale is explained very well, and the link between previous and current study is very clearly presented. Hypotheses are clearly stated and supported by the literature. Your Methods must be clear, accurate, and appropriate leaving no gaps about how the study was conducted. An excellent Results section covers all analyses well and succinctly. The discussion summarizes findings very well. It should thoroughly interpret findings, drawing competently on current knowledge in the field and fully considering the limitations. References and written English must be excellent. More details below on each section.How does this assignment relate to what we are doing in scheduled sessions?Most of the weekly activities are directly related to gathering information, searching the literature, planning and conducting the experiment for this report. We will also analyse and interpret the results. How will my assignment be marked?Your assignment will be marked according to the threshold expectations and the criteria on the following page.You can use them to evaluate your own work and consider your grade before you submit.3rd Class – 40-49%Lower 2nd – 50-59%Upper 2nd – 60-69%1st Class – 70%+1The Abstract provides a vague or unclear summary. You need to say much more clearly what you did, why you did it, what you expected to find, what you found, what it means.You give a reasonable summary of the study in the Abstract, but some parts could be better expressed.You give a good summary of the study in the Abstract. You could work on making it more polished.An excellent Abstract – it covers all the important aspects clearly and succinctly.2Presents a basic overview of the background with no real critical analysis. You need to link past research and theory to the current study so the rationale and hypothesis are clear.The Introduction is generally fine and there is evidence that the topic has been understood. Make sure there are no irrelevant parts and try to include greater critical analysis of the material. Include clear rationale and hypotheses appropriate for the study.The Introduction is generally accurate, well researched and relevant showing the topic has been understood. To improve you need more of a critique or look into some of the background in greater depth.An excellent Introduction showing clarity of argument and critical analysis. Rationale is explained very well, and the link between previous and current study is very clearly presented. Hypotheses are clearly stated and are supported by the literature cited3Some information on the methodology of the study is provided, but most questions about how the study was conducted remain unclear.The Method covers the main areas adequately. More detail is needed in some parts to make it more replicable.Generally good Method section: it is clear and with appropriate content to all the sections. More clarity and detail are needed on specific methodological aspects.Excellent Method section. Information is clear, accurate, and appropriate leaving no gaps about how the study was conducted. Clear and succinct.4Some of the relevant information is present, but is limited in its presentation and/or interpretation. Much detail may be unnecessary, repetitious, or has been omitted. Please seek help on structuring a Results section.The Results section covers the basic information with some glitches. See the comments for more details on how to improve.A good Results section. Some parts may need some tidying to improve the grade.An excellent Results section covering all the main criteria well and succinctly.5Some findings are mentioned and a basic attempt is made to explain them and/or link them with the relevant literature. May contain some misconceptions and/or irrelevancies. Make sure it relates fully to your aim and hypotheses. Referencing errors throughout which cannot be classified as minor. Some improvement needed on aspects of English expression. Make sure you check spellings, punctuation, grammar and argument structure (e.g. paragraphing). You could seek help from the Professional and Academic Development Team to help improve.Discussion summarizes main findings linking them with previous studies but interpretation of findings is not very sophisticated and study limitations are not fully considered. References and English expression contains errors.Findings are well summarized and linked with previous literature. Study limitations well considered. However, some minor gaps appear in how current findings are linked with major concepts. Referencing and English expression has minor errors.Findings are very well summarized in Discussion and very thoroughly interpreted drawing competently on current knowledge in the field and fully considering the limitations. Excellent referencing and English throughout report.
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