Page 1 of 9PSY4003Introduction to Biological and CognitivePsychologyAssignment and PresentationDate for Submission: Please refer to the timetable on iLearn(The submission portal on iLearn will close at 14:00 UK time on thedate of submission)Page 2 of 9Assignment BriefAs part of the formal assessment for the programme, you are required to submit anIntroduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology essay, a narrated PowerPointpresentation and a transcript of the narrated PowerPoint presentation. Please refer toyour Student Handbook for full details of the programme assessment scheme andgeneral information on preparing and submitting assignments.Learning Outcomes:After completing the module, you should be able to:1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic structure and function ofthe nervous system.2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of fundamental concepts in cognitivepsychology.3. Recognise distinctive approaches and methods employed by biological andcognitive psychologists.4. Communicate ideas effectively.Your assignment should include a title page that contains your student number, themodule name, the submission deadline and a word count. Your assignment shouldalso include the appendices (if relevant) and a reference list in the appropriate format(see the Referencing Guidance section on page 5). You should address all of theelements of the assignment task listed below.Maximum word/time limit: There is a 2000 word limit for part 1 (the essay). There isalso a 15 minute narration limit and a 2000 word transcript limit for part 2 (thepresentation).Please note that exceeding the word count by over 10% will result in a reduction ingrade by the same percentage that the word count is exceeded.You must not include your name in your submission because Arden Universityoperates an anonymous marking policy. Subsequently, the markers should not bemade aware of your identity. However, please do include your student (STU)number.Page 3 of 9Assignment TaskPart 1: Essay on Biological PsychologyTask summary:Construct a 2000 word essay on the following topic:Discuss examples of how genetic and environmental factors can affect the brain.Please include examples from multiple different stages of the lifespan.You should support your arguments with scientific research papers throughout youressay. You can find these papers in the lessons, but you be awarded extra marks forfinding papers through independent wider reading.Additional guidance:• In your essay, you should include research into environmental factors andresearch into genetic factors. Examples of environmental factors include (butare not limited to) social interactions, exposure to chemicals, exposure tophysical harm or emotional harm and patterns of behaviour. Examples ofgenetic factors include (but are not limited to) genetic disorders, geneticallyinherited characteristics and genetic predispositions. You do not have toconsider every single environmental factor and every single genetic factor listedhere.• You need to cover multiple stages of the lifespan. For example, the pre-natal,post-natal, infant, childhood, adolescent, young adult, adult or elderly stages oflife. You do not need to discuss all of these stages, but you do need to discussmore than one. Your examples do not have to fit neatly into one of the stagesmentioned above, but it should be clear which part of the lifespan each examplerelates to. You can use examples which cover multiple stages of the lifespan(for example, looking at how alcohol affects the brain of neo-nates and thenhow it affects the brains of adults) or different examples for different stages ofthe lifespan.• You need to support your arguments with scientific research papers. You canfind these papers in the lessons, and you will still get good marks for doing so,but you will be awarded extra marks for finding some of your papers throughindependent wider reading. Here is a video that will guide you through theprocess of finding your own research papers:https://youtu.be/4x58znfNUm0• When discussing scientific research papers, it is worth mentioning the methodsused by the researchers and their main findings. You do not have to relay all ofthe technical and statistical information here. Rather, you just need to clearlypresent ‘what they did’ and ‘what they found’. For example: What were thePage 4 of 9different conditions in the study? What kind of data were they recording (fMRI,EEG etc.)? Which areas of the brain were involved?• To go above and beyond and to push into the highest grade category, youcould discuss how the factors affect the brain in different ways at differentstages of the lifespan. For example, rather than simply explaining how anenvironmental factor affects the brain during childhood and then duringadulthood and leaving the reader to identify the differences, you could directlyidentify the differences yourself. You could also critically evaluate the studiesthat you include. These are not requirements. Rather, they are extra things thatyou could do to excel and to challenge yourself.(50%)(2000 words)(LO: 1, 3 & 4)Part 2: Narrated PowerPoint Presentation on Cognitive PsychologyTask summary:Cognitive psychology has made significant contributions to our scientific understanding oflearning, memory, attention and perception. Your task is to present a narrated PowerPointpresentation about four specific significant contributions, which are listed below.In your presentation, you should describe each significant contribution and briefly discusshow it has made a significant contribution to our understanding of the topic area. You shouldsupport your arguments by making reference to scientific papers throughout yourpresentation.Significant contributions:Learning – Latent learningMemory – Childhood amnesiaAttention – Late filtering theoryPerception – The Gestalt approachFinally, you must produce a transcript for your narrated PowerPoint. This is a verbatim(word-for-word) account of everything that you said in your narration. The transcript shouldbe included at the bottom of your biological psychology essay (from Part 1) under its ownheading (such as “Cognitive psychology transcript”).Additional guidance:Page 5 of 9• A narrated PowerPoint consists of a normal PowerPoint presentation (slides, text andimages etc.) with the addition of voice recordings (i.e. narration). Guidance on how toadd voice recordings is available in the “How to record and embed your narration”guide, which can be found in the My Assessment tab on iLearn.• The narration should summarise and add to the content on the slides, rather thansimply reading out the text on the slides.• Your narrated PowerPoint must address all four of the given significant contributions.• As with the essay, you can find research papers to support your arguments bylooking through the lessons, but extra marks will be awarded for papers foundthrough wider reading. Here is a video that will guide you through the process offinding your own research papers:https://youtu.be/4x58znfNUm0• The 2000 word limit for the transcript is an upper limit and not something that youneed to aim for. Instead, it is recommended that you aim to use all or most of your 15minute narration limit. There is no limit on the number of slides that you can use orthe number of words that you can have in your presentation.• To reach the higher grades, it is recommended that you use images and flowdiagrams alongside concise bullet points of text.• While not required, you will also be rewarded with extra marks for showing evidenceof critical thinking and for considering real world implications.(50%)(15 minute narration time limit and a 2000 word transcript length limit)(LO: 2, 3 & 4)Guidance on how to submit each part of the assessment is available on theiLearn page.Page 6 of 9Formative FeedbackYou can submit an assessment plan of your essay to receive formative feedback forPart 1 (I.e. the essay).The feedback is designed to help you develop areas of your work and it helps youdevelop your skills as an independent learner.Your work must be submitted via the formative feedback portal at least two weeks priorto the assessment submission date. This is to allow time for you to reflect on thefeedback and to draft your final submission.Formative feedback will not be given to work submitted after the above date.Referencing guidance:Guidelines for students studying BSc (Hons) Psychology:You MUST underpin your analysis and evaluation of the key issues with appropriateand wide ranging academic research and ensure this is referenced using the AU APAsystem. The My Study Skills Area contains the following useful resources:Guide to APA Referencinghttp://moodle.bl.rdi.co.uk/guides/Arden/Student_Guide_to_Referencing_in_APA_Format.pdfGuidelines for students studyingBA (Hons) Criminology and PsychologyBA (Hons) Psychology and LawBA (Hons) Psychology and SociologyBA (Hons) Psychology and Human Resource ManagementYou MUST underpin your analysis and evaluation of the key issues with appropriateand wide ranging academic research and ensure this is referenced using the AUHarvard system. The My Study Skills Area contains the following useful resources:Guide to Harvard Referencinghttp://moodle.bl.rdi.co.uk/guides/HarvardRef/AU_Harvard_Quick_Ref_Guide.pdfGuide to Harvard Citationhttp://moodle.bl.rdi.co.uk/guides/HarvardRef/AU_Guide_to_Harvard_Citation.pdfPage 7 of 9Additional notes:Assignments submitted late will not be accepted and will be marked as a 0% fail.Students are required to indicate the exact word count on the title page of theassessment. The word count excludes the title page, executive summary, tables,figures, diagrams, footnotes, reference list and appendices. Where assessmentquestions have been reprinted from the assessment brief these will also be excludedfrom the word count. All other printed words are included in the word count. See ‘WordCount Policy’ on the homepage of this module for more information.Your assessment should be submitted as a single Word (MS Word) or PDF file. Formore information please see the “Guide to Submitting an Assignment” documentavailable on the module page on iLearn.You must ensure that the submitted assignment is all your own work and that allsources used are correctly attributed. Penalties apply to assignments which showevidence of academic unfair practice. For guidance on avoiding plagiarism, please seethe Student Handbook, which is available in the Induction Area on iLearn.Page 8 of 9Assessment 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 theirknowledge 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. Studentswill begin to apply the theory which underpins the subject and will start to explore how this relates to other areas of theirlearning and any ethical considerations as appropriate. Students will begin to develop self-awareness of their own academicand professional development.GradeMarkBandsGeneric Assessment CriteriaFirst(1)80%+Outstanding performance which demonstrates the ability to analyse the subject area and to confidently applytheory whilst showing awareness of any relevant ethical considerations.The work shows an excellent level of competence and confidence in managing appropriate sources andmaterials, initiative and excellent academic writing skills and professional skills (where appropriate). The workshows originality of thought.70-79%Excellent performance which demonstrates the ability to analyse the subject and apply theory whilst showingsome awareness of any relevant ethical considerations.The work shows a high level of competence in managing sources and materials, initiative and very goodacademic writing skills and professional skills (where appropriate). The work shows originality of thought.Uppersecond(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. Academicwriting skills are good and expression remains accurate overall. Good professional skills (where appropriate).The work shows some original thought. Page 9 of 9 Lowersecond(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 skillsare satisfactory and expression remains accurate overall although the piece may lack structure. Satisfactoryprofessional 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 underpinningtheory and ethical considerations.The work shows a basic use of sources and materials. Academic writing skills are limited and there are someerrors in expression and the work may lack structure overall. There are some difficulties in developingprofessional skills (where appropriate). The work lacks original thought and is largely imitative.Marginalfail30-39%Limited performance in which there are omissions in understanding the subject, its underpinning theory andethical considerations.The work shows a limited use of sources and materials. Academic writing skills are weak and there are errors inexpression 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.Clearfail29% andbelowA poor performance in which there are substantial gaps in knowledge and understanding, underpinning theoryand ethical considerations.The work shows little evidence in the use of appropriate sources and materials. Academic writing skills are veryweak and there are numerous errors in expression. The work lacks structure overall. Professional skills (whereappropriate) are not developed. The work is imitative.
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