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Homework answers / question archive / PSY4005 Introduction to Research Methods 2  Data Analysis and Report Your assignment should include: a title page containing your student number, the module name, the submission deadline and a word count; the appendices if relevant; and a reference list

PSY4005 Introduction to Research Methods 2  Data Analysis and Report Your assignment should include: a title page containing your student number, the module name, the submission deadline and a word count; the appendices if relevant; and a reference list

Statistics

PSY4005

Introduction to Research Methods 2 

Data Analysis and Report

Your assignment should include: a title page containing your student number, the module name, the submission deadline and a word count; the appendices if relevant; and a reference list. You should address all the elements of the assignment task listed below. Please note that tutors will use the assessment criteria set out below in assessing your work.

 

 

Maximum word count: 1,000 words

 

Please note that exceeding the word count will result in a reduction in grade proportionate to the number of words used in excess of the permitted limit. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assignment Task

 

 

This assessment is worth 33% of the final grade for the module.

 

In order to comlete this task, you will need to register with PsyToolKit at http://www.psytoolkit.org.

 

Once registered (it’s free), click this link to take part in the Visual search task: https://www.psytoolkit.org/experiment-library/search.html   

 

You will be required to take part in the experiment too. To run the experiment, please click “Click here to run a demo”. Read the instructions to take part.  Please make a note of your results and insert your data into the table below.

 

The mean reaction times made by each participant for differing numbers of items are shown in Table 1.

 

 

Participant

5 Items

20 Items

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

[you]

1161

1255

1298

1146

1093

1265

1047

1278

1194

1185

1123

1231

1188

1100

1270

1087

1031

1238

1196

 [enter your reaction time

for 5 items here]

 

 

1568

1478

1523

1579

1394

1375

1687

1322

1557

1483

1390

1366

1632

1564

1326

1448

1692

1684

1316

[enter your reaction time

for 20 items here]

 

Note: Reaction times are in milliseconds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The hypothesis is that reaction times to 5 items will be faster than 20 items. Having gathered your own data, enter all data into SPSS and apply an appropriate statistical analysis or analyses to the data to address the research hypothesis. You should display summary data in tables as well as graphically (you can use SPSS or Excel to make these).

 

Please write a report of your analysis, to include ONLY the Results, Discussion and References section of a report. Do NOT include an Introduction or Method Section.

 

For the Discussion section, you will need to read about relevant issues in order to interpret the data and to discuss variations in how this test has been used (some further reading is given at the foot of the page in PsyToolKit). You will also need to evaluate the method used in this experiment.

 

Referencing

 

Please cite at least FOUR relevant published articles in your discussion. Please do NOT use quotes in your report.

 

Appendix

 

Please supply two appendices

Appendix A: Raw Data. Please copy your own data into the table. This is the data shown on the last page of the experiment.

 

Appendix B: SPSS Output. Please include your SPSS output: The Appendix will NOT be marked separately but the tutor will refer to it when appraising your analysis in the Results section of your report.

 

(1,000 words)

(100 marks)

(LOs 1, 2, 3, 4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Formative Feedback 

 

 

You can submit your full draft for review of data analysis and report. 

 

The feedback is designed to help you develop areas of your work and it helps you develop your skills as an independent learner. 

 

Your draft must be submitted to your module leader/lecturer by email at least two weeks prior to the final assessment submission date. This is to allow time for you to reflect on the feedback and draft your final submission. 

 

During periods such as Christmas this deadline may change to ensure that you receive your feedback in time. Your module leader will inform you of this at the beginning of the module.

 

Formative feedback will be provided within 5 working days after submission, it will not be given to work submitted after the formative submission deadline. Please check the exact deadline/time with your module leader.

 

Please note that formative feedback can only be given on ONE draft. It is recommended that you seek further feedback/comment on your first draft if needed by scheduling a 1-2-1 meeting with your module leader/lecturer.

 

 

 

Guidelines

 

 

You MUST underpin your analysis and evaluation of the key issues with appropriate and wide-ranging academic research and ensure this is referenced appropriately. You must use the APA Referencing method in your assignment.

 

The My Study Skills Area on iLearn contains useful resources relating to referencing.

 

 

Additional notes:

 

Students are required to indicate the exact word count on the title page of the assessment.  

  

The word count excludes the title page, tables, figures, diagrams, footnotes, reference list and appendices. Where assessment questions have been reprinted from the assessment brief these will also be excluded from the word count. ALL other printed words ARE included in the word count See ‘Word Count Policy’ on the homepage of this module for more information.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submission Guidance

 

 

Assignments submitted late will not be accepted and will be marked as a 0% fail. 

 

Your assessment should be submitted as a single Word (MS Word) or PDF file. For more information please see the “Guide to Submitting an Assignment” document available on the module page on iLearn. 

 

You must ensure that the submitted assignment is all your own work and that all sources used are correctly attributed. Penalties apply to assignments which show evidence of academic unfair practice. (See the Student Handbook which is on the homepage of your module and also in the Induction Area). 

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment Criteria (Learning objectives covered - all)

 

Level 4 is the first stage on the student journey into undergraduate study. At Level 4 students will be developing their knowledge and understanding of the discipline and will be expected to demonstrate some of those skills and competences. Student are expected to express their ideas clearly and to structure and develop academic arguments in their work. Students will begin to apply the theory which underpins the subject and will start to explore how this relates to other areas of their learning and any ethical considerations as appropriate. Students will begin to develop self-awareness of their own academic and professional development. 

 

Grade

Mark Bands

Generic Assessment Criteria

First 

(1)

 80%+

Outstanding performance which demonstrates the ability to analyse the subject area and to confidently apply theory whilst showing awareness of any relevant ethical considerations. The work shows an excellent level of competence and confidence in managing appropriate sources and materials, initiative and excellent academic writing skills and professional skills (where appropriate). The work shows originality of thought.

70-

79%

Excellent performance which demonstrates the ability to analyse the subject and apply theory whilst showing some awareness of any relevant ethical considerations.

The work shows a high level of competence in managing sources and materials, initiative and very good academic writing skills and professional skills (where appropriate). The work shows originality of thought.

Upper second

(2:1)

60-

69%

Very good performance which demonstrates the ability to analyse the subject and apply some theory.  The work shows a good level of competence in managing sources and materials and some initiative. Academic writing skills are good and expression remains accurate overall. Good professional skills (where appropriate). The work shows some original thought.

Lower second  (2:2)

50-

59%

A satisfactory to good performance which begins to analyse the subject and apply some underpinning theory. The work shows a sound level of competence in managing basic sources and materials. Academic writing skills are satisfactory and expression remains accurate overall although the piece may lack structure. Satisfactory professional skills (where appropriate). The work lacks some original thought.

Third

(3) 

40-

49%

Basic level of performance in which there are some omissions in understanding the subject, its underpinning theory and ethical considerations. The work shows a basic use of sources and materials. Academic writing skills are limited and there are some errors in expression and the work may lack structure overall. There are some difficulties in developing professional skills (where appropriate). The work lacks original thought and is largely imitative.

Marginal

fail 

30-

39%

Limited performance in which there are omissions in understanding the subject, its underpinning theory and ethical considerations. The work shows a limited use of sources and materials. Academic writing skills are weak and there are errors in expression and the work may lack structure overall. There are difficulties in developing professional skills (where appropriate). The work lacks original thought and is largely imitative.

 

29% and below

A poor performance in which there are substantial gaps in knowledge and understanding, underpinning theory and ethical considerations. 

The work shows little evidence in the use of appropriate sources and materials. Academic writing skills are very weak and there are numerous errors in expression. The work lacks structure overall. Professional skills (where appropriate) are not developed. The work is imitative.

 

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