Time Constrained Assessment
Date for Submission: Please refer to the timetable on iLearn
(The submission portal on ilearn will close at 14:00 UK time
on the date of submission)
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As part of the formal assessment for the programme you are required to submit a
Key Studies in Psychology Time Constrained Assessment. Please refer to your Student Handbook for full details of the programme assessment scheme and general information on preparing and submitting assignments.
After completing the module, you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a variety of studies and their influences on our perspective of psychological functioning.
2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of research paradigms and methodological approaches, and of conceptual and historical issues relevant to Psychology.
3. Apply alternative perspectives to psychological issues, recognising that psychology involves a range of research methods, theories, evidence and applications.
4. Summarise research findings.
5. Employ evidence-based reasoning and examine practical, theoretical and ethical issues associated with the use of different methodologies, paradigms and methods of analysis in Psychology.
6. Demonstrate effective written communication skills.
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 in APA system(s) or AU Harvard (see Guidance below). 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: Max 3,000 words
You must not include your name in your submission because Arden University operates anonymous marking, which means that markers should not be aware of the identity of the student. However, please do not forget to include your STU number.
This assessment should take you no longer than 3-4 hours and can be completed at any point during 24-hour window. Please ensure you give yourself adequate time to upload your completed paper to Turnitin.
For further guidance on the TCA assessment please click on this link:
There are two sections in the following assessment.
Section A is short questions and we recommend that you spend about one-third of your time on this section. You need to answer all the questions in this section. This section is worth 25% of the marks.
Section B is an essay style question which asks you to select two studies to write about and we recommend that you spend two-thirds of your time on this section. This section is worth 75% of the marks.
We would normally expect an assignment at this level that was not under time constrained conditions to be around 3000 words. Therefore, you could aim to produce around 1000 words for Section A and around 2000 words for Section B (1000 words for each of your two chosen studies).
However, the content of your answers is far more important than the number of words you use.
Please ensure that you paraphrase (write in your own words) all information that is taken from books/journals and other sources, rather than copying large passages from online or other published material. Remember that your work will have a Turnitin report attached when it is sent for marking. Submitting your work well before the deadline will allow you time to review (and potentially adjust) any sections that have been flagged by the report.
A note about Section B citation – You should also cite the work that you paraphrase. You should fully reference ALL citations in your reference list.
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Section A -Short Answer Questions
1. In Section A, there are FIVE questions. Each question has a set of sub-questions (a) and (b). Please answer all five questions and both parts.
2. Each question is worth 10 marks.
3. Section A is worth 25% of the final mark for this module
Section B – Long Answer Questions – allocate between 2 and 3 hours
1. In Section B, there is ONE question.
2. Section B is worth 75% of the final mark for this module.
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Section A: Short Answer Questions Answer ALL five questions.
1. Adorno, T.W., Frenkel-Brunswick, E., Levinson, D.J., & Sanford, R.N. (1950). The authoritarian personality.
a) Define the term fascism and explain it in the context of the Adorno study.
b) Describe the qualitative methods adopted by Adorno et al in their studies?
2. Baron-Cohen, S., Leslie, A.M., & Frith, U. (1985). Does the autistic child have a “theory of mind”?
a) Describe how Baron-Cohen used the ‘Sally-Anne’ test to investigate the concept of a theory of mind.
(b) Identify the participants who took part in the Baron-Cohen study. Explain why each of the different groups of participants were used in the study.
3. Freud, S. (1909). The original report by Freud is available in Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality – The Case of Little Hans.?Reprinted 2011 by Martino Fine books or as one of the case histories: Analysis of a phobia of a five year old boy.
a) Explain how Freud interpretated of at least two of the defence mechanisms that were used by Little Hans?
b) Identify ONE of the events reported to Freud by Little Han’s father. Describe how Freud interpreted your chosen event.
4. Blackmore, S. (1988). Visions from the dying brain: Near death experiences may tell us more about consciousness and the brain than about what lies beyond the grave.
a) Describe the research method that was used by Blackmore in this study?
(b) Identify ONE experience that is commonly reported after a near death experience (NDE). How was your chosen experience explained by Blackmore?
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5) Thigpen, C.H., & Cleckley, H. (1954). A case of multiple personality.
a) What qualitative and quantitative data was collected in the Thigpen and Cleckley study.
b) What are the advantages of the case study method? Provide examples of these advantages in the context of this research.
Section B: Long Answer Question
Pick two of the key studies listed below from the module.
Compare and contrast your chosen two studies.
You should choose TWO from the following studies:
Reicher, S.D., & Haslam, S.A. (2006). Rethinking the psychology of tyranny: The BBC Prison Study. British Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 1-40.
Back, E., Ropar, D., & Mitchell, P. (2007). Do the eyes have it? Inferring mental states from animated faces in autism. Child Development, 78(2), 397-411.
Eysenck, H.J. (1952). The effects of psychotherapy: an evaluation. Journal of Consulting Psychology, 16, 319- 324.
Fischer, P., Greitemeyer, T., Pollozek, F., & Frey, D. (2006). The unresponsive bystander: Are bystanders more responsive in dangerous emergencies? European Journal of Social Psychology, 36, 267-278.
Bandura, A., Ross, D., & Ross, S.A. (1961). Transmission of aggression through imitation of aggressive models. Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 63(3), 575-582
Laney, C., Fowler, N.B., Nelson, K.J., Bernstein, D.M., & Loftus, E.F. (2008). The persistence of false beliefs. Act a Psychologica,129(1), 190-197
Sperry, R.W. (1968). Hemisphere deconnection and unity in conscious awareness. American Psychologist, 23(10), 723-733.
Colvin, M.K., Funnell, M.G., & Gazzaniga, M.S. (2005). Numerical processing in the two hemispheres: Studies of a split-brain patient. Brain and Cognition, 57(1), 43-52
Lobato, M.I., Koff, W.J., Crestana, T., Chaves, C., Salvador, J., Petry, A.R., ... Massuda, R.(2009). Using the Defensive Style Questionnaire to evaluate the impact of sex reassignment surgery on defensive mechanisms in transsexual patients. Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria, 31(4), 303-306.
Griffiths, M. (2003). Fruit machine addiction in an adolescent female: Case study.
Journal of Gambling Issues, (EJGI) 8.
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You MUST underpin your analysis and evaluation of the key issues with appropriate and wide ranging academic research and ensure this is referenced using the APA or AU Harvard referencing system(s). The referencing system used will depend on your programme of study.
The My Study Skills Area on iLearn contains useful resources relating to referencing.
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.
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
(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.
(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.
(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.
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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