5PS005 Research Methods in Psychology: Advanced

Portfolio Assessment: Instructions, marking proforma and grading criteria
Below I outline the various sections of the portfolio and details on how they should be structured.
1. Coursework structure and content
Your portfolio should consist of the section below and an appendix. You should label these as follows:
Section A – ANOVA
Section B – Regression
Section C – Ethics
Section D – Qualitative analysis
Reflective element (audio recording)
Appendix
Instructions for Section A & B – Quantitative element (not to exceed 1000 words per section) Section A (ANOVA) and Section B (Regression) should be written separately.
For each section (section A & B), you are required to write an APA formatted method and results section and provide some interpretation of the results obtained. Remember that tables and figures should be formatted as the APA recommends and an APA formatted references section should also be provided (where appropriate). Further instructions for these sections of the portfolio are provided below and will be given in the practical debrief lectures and in the workshops.
Following the practical sessions in teaching week 4 and week 7, you should use the datasets that will be provided in the ‘Modules’ section on Canvas (see ‘Practical 1’ and ‘Practical 2’ Canvas modules), the advice given in the practical debrief lectures, workshops and the following instructions to guide your writing.
Method (Write this section in the past tense)
Participants
Describe the participants: who they were, the number of females/males. Include the mean and standard deviation for the age of participants.
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Design
State the design for each practical (i.e. Section A – ANOVA and Section B – regression).
For ANOVA, describe the factors (IVs): state what they were and what the levels of each factor were. What was the DV?
For regression: Describe the predictors and the DV.
Materials
Describe all materials that was used and cite the authors where appropriate.
Procedure
Describe the procedure and all that was done. Describe the ethical safeguards that were put in place to protect participants.
Results
In this section, you will be writing a results section based on ANOVA (section A) and regression (section B). Further instruction will be given in the practical debrief lectures and the workshops and can be found in the specific handouts on Canvas.
Interpretation of the results
When reading a published journal article, the first paragraph of the discussion section is generally used to summarise the main findings from the study. You are being asked to provide this here. So, in this section, you are required to provide a summary of the main findings. This should not include any figures from the results section.
References
The references section should be in APA format. If a source is cited in the text then you should provide a reference for it. If it is not cited do NOT reference it.
Instructions for Section C – Ethics (500-750 words)
During the workshop in teaching week 9, you will have the opportunity (working in groups of 5-6) to act as an Ethics Committee and review a Faculty Ethics Submission Form for a proposed piece of research. From these group discussions, you should individually write an outcome letter to the researcher/s. You can write this letter in either first or third person.
What do ethical reviewers look for in an application?
Reviewers of applications for ethical approval draw upon the Ethical Principles, Code of Ethics and Conduct and their knowledge and experience of ethics in research and practice to come to a judgement about each application. The following points are considered carefully in making their decision:
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• Scientific /Academic Merit
• Competency
• Social value
• Risks and benefits
• Harm: Likelihood of occurrence and severity
• Informed Consent
• Confidentiality
• Conflict of interest
1. There are three recommendations that may be made following the review of each application and you should decide which one you recommend after your group discussion and state this in your letter to the researcher/s followed by your justification for this decision:
1. Approved. Proceed according to proposed project plan
2. Approved subject to conditions. 3. Not approved.
Proposed structure:
1. Briefly outline the proposed study and the methodology the researcher plans to use
2. Write about any potential ethical issues that may arise as a result of the proposed study considering the points outlined above and the ethical principles (also linked above).
3. Check for any typographic errors in participant documents and comment on this and whether there are any issues with how participant documents are presented.
4. Check for errors in APA style citations/ referencing (are all references cited in the text included in the reference section and do they conform to APA style?)
Instructions for Section D – Qualitative Analysis (500-750 words)
You are required to produce an APA-formatted results section which should be approximately 500-750 words. Remember that tables, figures and any references should also be formatted as the APA recommends. Use the dataset provided in the Qualitative Analysis module on Canvas, the advice given in class, and the following instructions to guide your analysis.
Various qualitative approaches (IPA, Discourse Analysis and Grounded Theory) will be recommended to you on provision of the dataset/s and you will choose one of these methods of analysis to write your results section. In order to make sense of a qualitative findings section, the reader will require a little more contextual
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information. Therefore, you must preface your results section with a rationale of no more than 150 words for the usefulness of the chosen qualitative approach. In the preface, you should talk about (a) the purpose of the method you’re using (b) any important methodological issues that make the method you are using appropriate to the dataset (c) to introduce/summarise your main themes (you could put these themes in a table if you prefer).
Remember that you should define each of the themes before exploring these further. Sub-themes are allowed but given the word limit, you do not need to report all of these and you can choose to select a few of the most important/ salient ones to report however, the rationale for including these should be made clear in the preface.
You should use sub-headings for each theme, then discuss each theme in detail and provide some extracts from your interview transcript to support your arguments. You have to demonstrate that your data analysis and data (transcripts) match each other. The analysis should tell a convincing and organized story about the data and topic and there should be a balance between analytic narrative and illustrative extracts provided. You should write in the first person in this section.
Instructions for Section E – Reflective element (Audio recorded)
For your reflection, you should record and upload a 2-5 minute audio recording reflecting on your progress throughout the module. Consider how confident you felt about research methods at the beginning of the module and the progress you have made. Reflect on each section of the module (ANOVA, regression, ethics, qualitative methods) and your understanding of these.
2. Word count and weighting
The word limit for the portfolio assessment is 4000 words (+/- 10%); suggested approximate word limits can be found above. The references section/s do not count towards the final word count. Subheadings, tables, figures and in-text citations are included in the word limit.
This assessment is worth 100% of your module grade.
3. Assignment deadline and submission information
Portfolios must be submitted electronically on Canvas by 2pm on 14th January 2021. When submitting your coursework report, please include your student number and assignment name e.g. 1234567 5PS005 portfolio.
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If you have valid reasons for needing additional time to complete the assignment, you may be eligible for an extension. Requests for extra time must be submitted via e:Vision, rather than by contacting module staff. You are welcome to contact the Faculty Student Services before the submission date for further support or assistance.
If you need extra time, you can apply for a seven days extension or extenuating circumstances. Extenuating circumstances provides a longer period in which to complete assessments and allows you to submit the assignment at the next opportunity (April 2021).
4. Marking Criteria
90-100% (outstanding, equivalent to grade ‘A+’ or 1st class)
An exceptional portfolio is presented. The method sections are detailed and professionally written. Results sections report all appropriate data in the appropriate format. Results must be described, with all main effects and interactions explained, notations must be included, together with appropriately presented table/ graphs. Interpretation of the findings is excellent. An outstanding knowledge of ethical principles is demonstrated, and the recommendation is justified. No obvious errors in referencing, grammar or syntax. Writing style is outstanding.
80-89% (excellent, equivalent to grade ‘A’ or 1st class)
An excellent portfolio is presented. The method sections are detailed and professionally written. Results sections report all appropriate data in the appropriate format. Results must be described, with all main effects and interactions explained, notations must be included, together with appropriately presented table/ graphs. Interpretation of the findings is excellent. An excellent knowledge of ethical principles is demonstrated, and the recommendation is justified. Very few errors in referencing or grammar or syntax as appropriate. Writing style is excellent.
70-79% (Very good equivalent to grade ‘A’ or 1st class)
A very good portfolio is presented. The method sections are detailed and professionally written. Results sections report all appropriate data in the appropriate format. Results must be described, with all main effects and interactions explained, notations must be included, together with appropriately presented table/ graphs. Interpretation of the findings is very good. An very good knowledge of ethical principles is demonstrated and the recommendation is justified. Few errors in referencing or grammar or syntax as appropriate. Writing style is very good.
60-69% (good, equivalent to grade ‘B’ or 2.1)
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A good portfolio is presented. The method sections are detailed perhaps with some minor omissions or inaccuracies. Results are well presented perhaps with some minor omissions or inaccuracies. Interpretation shows a good understanding of the findings. A good knowledge of ethical principles is demonstrated and the recommendation is mostly justified. Grammar and writing style are good. Some small repeated errors in referencing and/or grammar/syntax.
50-59% (competent, equivalent to grade ‘C’ or 2.2)
An adequate portfolio is presented. The method sections are detailed but with some omissions or inaccuracies. Results are well presented but with some omissions or inaccuracies (e.g. omission of a main effect). Interpretation shows an adequate understanding of the findings but there may be some inaccuracies or omissions in this section. An adequate knowledge of ethical principles is demonstrated and the recommendation is justified to a certain extent. Some repeated errors in referencing and grammar/syntax.
40-49% (basic, equivalent to grade ‘D’ or 3rd)
The portfolio shows some general understanding but the method sections may be lacking in detail or have omissions or inaccuracies. Results are presented poorly in places with some omissions or inaccuracies (e.g. omission of a main effect). Interpretation shows only a weak understanding of the findings. Some knowledge of ethical principles is demonstrated but there may be inaccuracies and the recommendation may not be fully justified. There may be some inaccuracies or omissions in this section. There are repeated errors in referencing and grammar/syntax.
30-39% (failing grade, may be compensated if grade is 35-39%, equivalent to grade ‘E’)
The overall quality of the portfolio may be poor and learning outcomes have not been fully met. There may be fundamental errors in key sections. Results may be severely limited or inaccurate (e.g. inaccurate presentation of the ANOVAs or tables/ figures) and there is a failure to understand the findings from results. Very little knowledge of ethical principles is demonstrated and the recommendation is not justified. There may be missing sections (e.g. materials, references, procedure, etc). Consistent errors in referencing and grammar/syntax.
<30% (failing grade, uncompensatable)
Learning outcomes have not been fully met. The quality may be profoundly substandard throughout (e.g. no evidence of understanding the method, results, ethics), or there may be fundamental omissions (e.g. method, results section, etc.). Referencing may be largely incomplete, missing and there are numerous, consistent errors in grammar/syntax.
You can access the University’s performance descriptors here.
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5. Marking Proforma
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Marking Matrix 3rd 2:2 2:1 1st Fail (<40%) Pass (40–49%) Competent (50–59%) Good (60–69%) Very Good (70–79%) Excellent (80–89%) Outstanding (90–100%) Assessment Criteria Quantitative sections Appropriate presentation of quantitative sections: methods, results and interpretation
Method sections convey the essential elements of the research
Results sections are accurately reported and appropriately structured
Interpretation is concise and accurate
Ethics Ethics section shows good knowledge of ethical principles
Recommendation of ethics proposal is justified
Qualitative section Justification for chosen method
Quality and structure of results
Appropriate appendices
Reflection Execution of personal reflection, demonstrates depth of reflection and awareness of strengths and weaknesses
General Overall presentation of portfolio
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APA Referencing In-text citations
References section
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