University of Derby Online Learning Assessment Brief Module name: Quantitative Methods and

University of Derby Online Learning
Assessment Brief
Module name: Quantitative Methods and Individual Differences
Module code: 5PS517
Trimester: T2 Spring/2021-2022
Module leader: Dr Katia Vione
Email: k.vione@derby.ac.uk
Assessment Brief
Module name: Quantitative Methods and Individual Differences
Module code: 5PS517
Trimester: T2 Spring/2021-2022
Module leader: Dr Katia Vione
Email: k.vione@derby.ac.uk
Module learning outcomes
On successful completion of this assessment and this module, you will have demonstrated your ability to:
Design, conduct and report psychological research using quantitative methods.
Examine and assess the complexity of measuring individual differences.
Choose, analyse and interpret a variety of quantitative tests in the study of individual differences by using specialist software (SPSS).
Key dates and details
Assessment:
Psychological Report
Assessment component:
Assessment weighting:
Length:
Assessed module learning outcome(s):
1
70%
2,500 words (there is no 10% allowance above the word limit)
1 & 2
Submission date/time:
Provisional feedback released:
Research Proposal: 14th February 2022 23:59 hrs UK time.
Data collection deadline: 17th March 2022 by 23:59 hrs UK time
Feedback: 21st February 2022 UK time
Confirmation by module tutor data collection: 24th March 2022.
Completed final work:
12th April 2022 23:59 hrs UK time
Completed final work provisional grade:
9th May 2022 by 09:00 hrs UK time (may be extended due to bank holiday)
Submission Method and Marking
Please submit your work via Turnitin
Submissions in Turnitin and Blackboard 
You must submit your work using your student number to identify yourself, not your name. You must not use your name in the text of the work at any point. When you submit your work in Turnitin you must submit your student number within the assignment document and in the Submission title field in Turnitin. 
Assessment:
Portfolio of Statistical Exercises
Assessment component:
Assessment weighting:
Length:
Assessed module learning outcome(s):
2
30%
Not applicable
3
Submission date/time:
Provisional feedback released:
Completed final work:
14th April 2022 23:59 hrs UK time
Completed final work provisional grade:
9th May 2022 by 09:00 hrs UK time (may be extended due to bank holiday)
Submission Method and Marking
Please submit your work via Turnitin
Submissions in Turnitin and Blackboard 
You must submit your work using your student number to identify yourself, not your name. You must not use your name in the text of the work at any point. When you submit your work in Turnitin you must submit your student number within the assignment document and in the Submission title field in Turnitin. 
Description of Assessment
Coursework / Component 1: PRACTICAL
Psychological Report
Weighting: 70 %
Assesses Learning Outcomes:
1. Design, conduct and report psychological research using quantitative methods.
2. Examine and assess the complexity of measuring individual differences.
Content and detailed guidance Coursework 1
Research proposal: You will design a psychological study investigating an area of individual differences. Please access CW1 Resources in Blackboard > Assessment. In the file variables list you will find a list of variables and their definitions. From these variables, you need to choose the design to your study. The study design MUST contain at least two independent variables and one dependent variable OR two predictors and one outcome variable. The dependent variable or outcome variable needs to be measured at interval level. Use the relevant discussion board thread to discuss your proposed design with your tutor before submitting the proposal, this will improve your chances of having it approved in the first submission. You are expected to seek out background literature on research area and formulate a research question and testable hypotheses that are grounded in the literature. You will need to submit your research proposal to Turnitin for approval by the 14th of February.
Data collection: As part of this coursework you will need to collect data from 15 to 20 participants. You will receive an individual link and instructions to share with your contacts once your research proposal is approved. You have until the 17th March to complete data collection. If you fail to collect data by the 17th March, you will automatically fail the module. On the 17th March the module tutor will share the complete dataset (with all students’ collated data) which you will use for your report. Please make sure to follow the design approved in your research proposal. You will work individually to analyse the data and produce a 2,500-words report written in the standard format (i.e., APA style).
Psychological Report: The research report should contain the following:
Title (not included in the word count): Needs to be informative but not too long. Should accurately reflect the study. Should refer to the design of the study and methods.
Abstract (not included in the word count): One or two sentences that summarise each of the major sections of the report including the background, aim, method, results and implications. It should be no more than 200 words.
Introduction: We recommend your introduction should be a continuous text with no sub-headings, including the following elements:
Rationale: This should introduce the area of interest and provide a justification for the study. It must include a thorough literature review which critically discusses research that is relevant to your research question/aim. This should include a discussion of theory in the area of interest and relevant empirical evidence. You need to provide a detailed justification for carrying out your study. Remember to provide a justification for your choices using the literature. Finally, ensure you state your hypotheses, this might be presented at the end of your introduction.
Aim: You will need to clearly detail the aim of your research/ the research question.
Literature review: Report and critique relevant studies in the chosen area, which will allow you to show your understanding in the subject area and relevance of the research you are proposing.
Hypotheses: This should be clearly written, be directional and explain what you are testing for based upon the description of the research question and literature review.
Method: Remember, the method should contain sufficient detail to enable the reader to replicate your study. It must include the following subsections:
Design: Describe the design of the study and clearly identify any independent and dependent variables. Your design can either have two IVs and one DV or at least two predictors and one outcome variable.
In this section, you will need to clarify the nature of the variables for example, are the IV’s continuous or are they categorical. If they are categorical then you would need to explain the factor levels within each independent variable. You can also refer to possible confounding factors and how you propose to control for them.
Participants: You will need to detail who they are and how many? What age? How did you recruit them? How were they assigned to your conditions?
Materials: Describe nature of any equipment or resources (e.g., scales/questionnaires). Include references for the materials and refer the reader to copies of the materials in the appendices.
Procedure: You need to provide sufficient detail about how the study was conducted, in a way that someone else would be able to replicate what you did; i.e. what happened during the study, who did what and when they did it, refer to participant information and debriefing information and discuss ethical considerations.
Ethical Considerations: Discuss any relevant ethical issues. Consider the BPS ethical guidelines and the university’s ethical guidelines.
Analytic Strategy: In this section you should detail what analysis you conducted on your data. When discussing your strategy you should provide a justification for the strategy using relevant literature.
Results: Report descriptive statistics, assumptions testing and main results addressing your research questions and hypothesis. Create your tables in APA format. Do not include SPSS outputs, this should be in the Appendix.
Discussion: Summarise the results and interpret them. Integrate your results with relevant literature. Identify limitations and contributions, provide a conclusion.
References (not included in the word count): Give full details for any in-text citations in the reference list. Make sure you check the guidelines on referencing according to APA guidelines (see Academic Writing Skills document in Resources).
Appendices (not included in the word count): Include all the SPSS outputs generated in the analysis of your report.
Description of Assessment
Coursework/Component 2: PRACTICAL
Portfolio of Statistical Exercises
Weighting: 30%
Assesses Learning Outcome:
3. Choose, analyse and interpret a variety of quantitative tests in the study of individual differences by using specialist software (SPSS).
Content and detailed guidance Coursework 2
Assignment: For this portfolio of statistical exercises you will be presented with four research questions and datasets which you need to conduct the relevant statistical test(s) for and write-up the findings in an appropriate format. You can download the questions and the data files from the Assessment tab in the module page in Blackboard. The mark that you receive will reflect how well you have answered all research questions and therefore missing any questions out will adversely affect your mark.
For each exercise requiring data analysis you are required to conduct and then report the findings of an appropriate analysis of the data provided in the reporting style that we have shown you (please see Assessment folder). You should screen the data prior to any analyses and routinely report appropriate estimates of effect size and other relevant statistical information where appropriate. You should also include appropriate and clearly expressed hypotheses. You should include any calculations and all relevant SPSS outputs (e.g., data screening checks, analyses, etc) as appendices. In particular:
For each question/exercise you should include the following sections:
Hypothesis or hypotheses: This should be clearly written, be directional and explain what you are testing for based upon the description of the research question.
Results: As stated above, in this section you should justify your selection of the test used and write up the results in the reporting style you have been shown.
Discussion: There should be a brief discussion of the findings of the results in light of the research question. It is not sufficient to summarise the findings. You are expected to briefly address literature, limitations and future directions.
Appendix: Please include any calculations and all relevant SPSS outputs for each question at the end of the answer to that question (in other words, don’t have a single appendix at the end with all of the outputs for all of the questions – it makes it more difficult for us to check them for an assessment like this). Please note that if the appendix for any question is missing, the question will not be marked.
Please note: Members of staff cannot help you to identify the statistical analyses that you need to conduct in order to address the exercise questions, conduct the analyses appropriately, and then write them up in the correct manner. Staff will happily help to clarify questions about analyses generally, but not specific questions about this assessment (e.g., “do I do a t-test for question two”, etc).
Assessment Rubric
Your work will be marked based on the rubric below.
Assessment Rubric Coursework 1
Your work will be marked based on the rubric below.
100% – 70%
Excellent
60% – 69%
Very Good
50% – 59%
Good
40% – 49%
Satisfactory
35%-39%
Unsatisfactory
1% – 34%
Poor/Very poor
Abstract
Well-written, concise and informative. Summarises the most important content of the report.
Well-written, but might have trivial omissions. Summarises the content of the main report.
Contains information about the main aspects of the report, but has small omissions.
An abstract is included, but does not include some important information.
Abstract largely missing. Poor selection of material giving a weak overview of the report.
Missing or with little or no relevant information.
Introduction
Comprehensive, well structured literature review.
Research topic is well-justified.
Material is critically evaluated, creating a clear and compelling rationale.
Research hypotheses are clearly stated.
Well researched and well structured literature review.
Topic selection is clearly justified, rationale is clear but could be stronger.
Some relevant literature omitted. Material is critical evaluated to a good extent.
Clearly stated research hypotheses.
A broad review of relevant literature.
The structure is acceptable with an attempt to justify the topic and important elements of the design.
The material was generally appropriate, with some critical evaluation.
A research hypothesis is included.
Some relevant literature is included, but sources are limited.
Some attempt at critical evaluation and rationale building, but largely descriptive.
Research hypothesis is included but may be weak or poorly written.
Introduction largely absent.
Poor selection or presentation of previous research, with little evidence to support the study rationale and little or no evaluation.
No research hypothesis.
There is no introduction, or it includes little or no (relevant) previous research.
There is no evaluation and rationale and hypothesis may be unclear and/or absent.
Methods
The methods section is structured with clear and appropriate subtitles. Including all required information. All the information is presented in the correct section. Clear adherence to BPS ethical standards.
The methods are clearly explained with most relevant details. The methods section is structured with all required sections. Some information might be misplaced. The study complies with BPS ethical standards.
The methods are explained with mostly relevant detail but with some key information missing, misplaced or un-necessary info included. The study complies with BPS ethical standards.
There is a volume of missing or misplaced information.
The study complies with BPS ethical standards.
The design and methods are inadequately planned, designed and/or explained. The study complies with BPS ethical standards.
The study may be poorly planned and/or executed. The study may not comply with BPS ethical standards.
Results
Exceptionally well presented in APA style, with all relevant descriptive and inferential statistics, and no unnecessary detail.
The results are thoroughly analysed and reported clearly and accurately to APA style.
Results are reported, although some elements may be missing, irrelevant, not reported fully or in APA style.
There is an attempt to report results, with errors and omissions and incorrect formatting.
Results incorrectly calculated and/or reported, lacking most details.
Results are incorrectly calculated and reported, or no results are included.
Discussion
The findings are clearly summarised and interpreted correctly. Conclusions are stated. Results are integrated with relevant literature. Identifies research limitations, contributions and offers specific suggestions for future research.
The findings of the study are presented and interpreted correctly. There is some consideration of the contribution and limitations of this research. Suggestions are made for future research.
The findings are interpreted and conclusions are stated. The findings are related to literature from the introduction, although this may be limited. Identifies limitations and contributions to a limited extent.
The findings are interpreted with some attempt to state conclusions. There is some mention of literature from the introduction, although this may be weak and infrequent. Contributions and limitations might be described insufficiently or missing
There is little attempt to interpret findings or place in the context of other literature. The section is disjointed, with points not structured, and general conclusions that do not relate specifically to this research.
Missing, misinterpreted, or very limited, which may include no statement of findings and/or attempt to relate these to previous research. Comments are not specific to the project or results.
References and range of reading
References are accurately reported in APA style. Exceptional range of relevant sources, and excellent use of original material.
A few minor flaws and omissions in APA style. Evidence of a wide range of relevant sources.
APA style is adequate but sometimes sources are missing or are incorrectly formatted. Some sources lack relevance. Evidence of independent reading, but to a limited extend.
Poor and/or incomplete references, or not in APA style. Limited range of sources.
References are not included or not in APA style. Few relevant sources.
No references are included
Clarity of expression
Exceptionally fluent, clear, concise and logical throughout. Excellent grammar.
Very clearly expressed, good coherence and logic. Very good grammar.
Generally clear but awkward structure or limited development of argument. Some grammatical errors.
Weak presentation/ academic writing. Many points unclear or implicit. Weak grammar.
Hard to understand most points. Poor grammar
Hard to understand most points. Very poor grammar.
Critical evaluation
Impressive level of critical evaluation throughout. Incisive original thinking. Exceptionally well structured and well written.
Very good level of critical evaluation throughout. Original ideas. Well structured and well written.
Good level of critical evaluation. Sound ideas. Some weakness in links between points and clarity of argument.
Largely descriptive with little critical evaluation. Little evidence of independent thinking. Lack of clear structure overall, with links between points not obvious at times.
No attempt at critical evaluation. Overly dependent on a few sources with no evidence of originality. Disjointed writing that lacks structure.
No critical evaluation. Poor or no clear structure. No evidence of independent thinking.
Assessment Rubric Coursework 2
Your work will be marked based on the rubric below.
Criteria
Excellent
70-100%
Very good
60-69%
Good
50-59%
Satisfactory
40-49%
Unsatisfactory
35-39%
Very poor
1-34%
Hypothesis
Written appropriately, and has theoretical relevance
Written appropriately, and has theoretical relevance
There may be some errors in the format of writing, and has some theoretical relevance
There may be some errors in the format of writing, and has some theoretical relevance
Inadequate format, might not have theoretical relevance.
Missing, inadequately written, and/or no theoretical relevance.
Statistical test
The correct tests for all of the exercises are identified and justified.
The correct tests for all of the exercises are identified and justified.
The majority of the correct tests for the exercises are identified. The justification for the text might be missing or is inadequate.
The majority of the correct tests for the exercises are identified. The justification for the text might be missing or is inadequate.
The correct tests for some of the exercises are identified. The justification for the text might be missing or is inadequate.
The correct tests for most or all of the exercises are not identified. The justification for the text might be missing or is inadequate.
Understanding
The answers for each of the exercises are very clearly and accurately expressed with virtually no errors and with all relevant information. The answers demonstrate an excellent understanding of the statistical tests used.
The answers for each of the exercises are clearly and accurately expressed with minimal errors or missing elements. The answers demonstrate a very good understanding of the statistical tests used.
The answers for each of the exercises are competently expressed, but there may be some errors or missing elements. Each answer demonstrates a good understanding of the statistical test used.
The answers for each of the exercises are expressed to a passing standard, but there may be weaknesses, errors or missing elements. A satisfactory understanding of the statistical tests used is demonstrated.
The answers for each of the exercises are not expressed to a passing standard, and there may be considerable weaknesses, errors or missing elements Most of the answers demonstrate an unsatisfactory understanding of the statistical tests used.
The answers for each of the exercises are expressed very poorly, with considerable misunderstandings, errors or missing elements. The answers demonstrate a very poor understanding of the statistical tests used.
Discussion
There are short discussions of the findings of the results which are relevant to the research question for each exercise, and demonstrate a thorough understanding of what the results can tell us. There is evidence of appropriate reading around of research methods and/or statistical methods material.
There are short discussions of the findings of the results which are relevant to the research question for each exercise. There may be some evidence of appropriate reading around of research methods and/or statistical methods material.
There are short discussions of the findings of the results which are relevant to the research question for each exercise. Discussion might not attempt to explain the results. Limitations and future directions might be missing.
There is some discussion of the findings for the exercises. Discussion might not attempt to explain the results. Limitations and future directions might be missing.
The discussion of the findings for the exercises may be missing.
The discussion of the findings for each exercise may be missing.
Appendix
All relevant calculations and SPSS outputs are included as appendices.
All relevant calculations and SPSS outputs are included as appendices.
Most relevant calculations and SPSS outputs are included as appendices.
Most of the relevant calculations and SPSS outputs are included as appendices, but there may be some material missing.
The relevant calculations and SPSS outputs may also be missing from the appendices.
A lack of inferential tests for the exercises will mean that the assessment will automatically be marked in this grade band or lower.
The relevant calculations and SPSS outputs may also be missing from the appendices.
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Title page
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Originality statement
‘I declare that this assessment is my own work and that I have correctly acknowledged the work of others using APA referencing. This assessment is in accordance with University guidance on good academic conduct.’
Confidentiality statement (if applicable)
‘I declare that confidentiality of people discussed in this work is maintained; there is no identifiable information of these individuals.’
Manuscript
Your manuscript needs to;
• Include page numbers (pages should be numbered at the top right).
• Be double-spaced
• Have a 1-inch (2.54 cm) margin, Times New Roman or Arial, 12 font.
• Maintain the confidentiality of service users/patients/clients and persons associated with them, service colleagues and organisations.
• Include a reference list (APA referencing), headed with ‘References’ centred, do not make it bold. Please refer to Cite Them Right.
• Use ‘the author’ to describe yourself (however you can use ‘I’ or ‘my’ etc. in self-reflection e.g., this phenomenon was often present in my practice).
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