Note: Further information regarding assessment will be provided throughout the course. If you have questions about specific course components (e.g., specific lectures or workshops) then please contact the relevant teaching staff involved.
Week 7 Quiz
There are 35 multiple choice test questions (worth 10%) covering the material presented in the lectures and workshops in the first six weeks. Assessable materials include the textbook readings. The test is 50 minutes long.
Some practice questions will be made available before the test.
The exam will be 2 hours long with 10 minutes reading time.
There will be 28 multiple choice questions and 4 short-answer questions to complete. One of the short-answer questions will be compulsory and worth 10 marks. The remaining 3 short-answer questions can be selected from a pool of 7 other questions to choose from. Each will be worth 4 marks.
Note: Given that this is a research methods course, ALL material covered in the course (week 1-13) that is relevant to critical scientific reasoning is potentially assessable.
Multiple choice questions: The material from week 6 onwards will be examinable and there will be roughly 2 multiple choice questions per lecture and per workshop (weeks 7-13).
Short-answer questions: The questions will be primarily based on material from week 6 onwards. However, note that material relevant to earlier lectures/workshops has also been covered in these later workshops (e.g., general principles of research) and may also be potentially examinable. In particular, good scientific reasoning (including being able to compare, contrast and apply different designs) is relevant to the entire course. You should, for instance, be able to apply critical scientific thinking to constructing an appropriate design/methodology for a hypothetical research question.
Some example short-answer questions:
What are the advantages and disadvantages of conducting a research study with a single individual instead of a group of participants?
Briefly explain how order effects can be a confounding variable in a within-subjects design.
Discuss the strengths and weakness of qualitative research.
[There also may be hypothetical research scenarios to evaluate/discuss. etc.]
Example questions and responses will be provided before the exam.
- The mid-session quiz will contain multiple choice questions and the end of semester exam will contain both multiple choice and short answer questions. In the short answer questions you may be asked to evaluate real or fictional experimental designs, compare and contrast different methodologies, and draw conclusions from data. You may also be asked to design studies to answer research questions.
- The assignment will be a report based on data collected by the students in PSY351. You will have responsibility for collecting, organising and analysing data. More details about the assignment will be given in week 2-5.
- The report must be submitted to Turnitin (via iLearn). You will be required to submit your assignment to Turnitin plagiarism detection software via the Internet. Your assignment will be automatically compared to work of other students in this unit, previous students in this unit and at other universities, and material available on the Internet in subscription-based journal format or otherwise freely accessible information. The results of the analysis will be sent only to the unit chair and tutoring staff on PSY351, who will analyse the results in reference to the University’s standard policy on plagiarism https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/academic-honesty
- Marked reports will be returned to students within three weeks of submission.
A copy of the assignment must be kept as proof that the assignment was completed and submitted.
AFTER AN ASSIGNMENT IS SUBMITTED:
Penalties will be levied for late submission of assignment and for exceeding the word limit:
- Written work that exceeds the word count will be penalised 5% for every 100 words over. For example, the report is worth 40% of the overall assessment for the Unit and if the word length is exceeded by 100 words, then 5% x 40 = 2.
- Work that is submitted late (and without extension) will receive a 5% penalty for every day late. For example, the report is worth 40% of the overall assessment for the Unit and if one day late, then 5% x 40 = 2.
Request for Extensions for Assignments are granted by the Student Centre
Ordinarily, no extensions of time for submission of written work will be granted since ample time for preparation will have been given. If an extension is required for medical or other extenuating circumstances, students may request this in writing through ask.mq.edu.au with supporting documentary evidence (such as medical certificate, counsellor note, or similar). The staff in the Student Centre will make all decisions regarding extensions. Neither individual tutors nor the course convenor will grant extensions.
All requests for extensions must be made prior to the due date for the assignment.
If an extension is granted, the approval must be uploaded together with the assignment.
All students must attend the mid-semester exam (short quiz) during the Lecture time (11th September, Wk 7). Students who do not think they can attend this exam time due to work or other commitments should consider taking an alternate course. There is no separate arrangement available for evening students to sit this exam.
Students who are unable to sit the mid-session exam at the specified time must submit a Disruption to Studies notification via ask.mq.edu.au and submit appropriate supporting documents. This should be done within five (5) working days from the day of the examination. The unit chair(s) will determine eligibility for a late mid-session exam and eligible students will be notified via email about the time and location of the exam. There will only be one time.
The University Examination period in Session 2, is from 13th November to 1st December 2017.
You are expected to present yourself for examination at the time and place designated in the University Examination Timetable. The timetable will be available in Draft form approximately eight weeks before the commencement of the examinations and in Final form approximately four weeks before the commencement of the examinations.
The only exception to not sitting an examination at the designated time is because of documented illness or unavoidable disruption. In these circumstances you may wish to consider applying for Special Consideration. Information about unavoidable disruption and the special consideration process is available at https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration/disruption-to-studies
If a Supplementary Examination is granted as a result of the Special Consideration process, the examination will be scheduled after the conclusion of the official examination period. The format of a supplementary examination is at each unit convener’s discretion and is subject to change from the original final examination.
Supplementary Exams are only offered to students who have satisfactorily completed all other assessments for the unit and were unable to sit the final exam because of documented illness or unavoidable disruption.
Instructions on applying for sitting of a supplementary exam are available from the website, https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration/disruption-to-studies. It is the student’s responsibility to follow the steps outlined in this website. An email will be sent to the student advising them of the outcome of their request for a supplementary exam. If a supplementary exam has been granted, information relating to the date and location of the supplementary exam will be sent via email by the Student Centre. Students who are granted to sit for a supplementary exam must make themselves available to sit for the supplementary exam on the specified date. There will only be one time. It is the student’s responsibility to email Student Centre to confirm attendance at the supplementary exam.
You are advised that it is Macquarie University policy not to set early examinations for individuals or groups of students. All students are expected to ensure that they are available until the end of the teaching session, which is the final day of the official examination period.