Demonstrates the ability to apply and evaluate psychological theory to real world issues.

PSY140.A3: Marking Criteria
CONTENT (70%) Max. Actual NI P C D HD
1. Answered the Question

Demonstrates the ability to apply and evaluate psychological theory to real world issues.

Clearly explains daily hassles as a source of stress, using psychological theory and research evidence. Identifies two or more methods of stress management and provides theoretical explanations and research evidence to show their effectiveness.

20 0-14 15-18 19-22 23-26 27+
2. Evidence of Critical Discussion Relevant papers are reviewed, and are inter-related and build upon each other. Identifies key issues/debate in the literature concisely summarising and discussing them in reference to how they relate to the essay topic Provides relevant supporting evidence Represented authors/studies cited, fairly and accurately

30 0-9 10-12 13-15 16-18 19+
3. Introduction Provides brief background /contextual information and introduces the essay’s topic clearly and concisely Identifies the relevance and importance of topic Identifies your point of view/argument Identifies structure of paper Briefly discusses the conclusion you will reach 5 0-1 2 3 4 5
4. Conclusion Provides a synthesis of essay not summary Restates the topic and purpose of the essay Reviews major points presented in the essay Discusses the implications of your conclusion 5 0-1 2 3 4 5
5. Depth of Reading: Quality of Reference List Minimum 10 journal articles or academic sources. References are peer-reviewed professional journals or other approved sources References are relevant and demonstrate reading for depth of understanding that reflects: 1. A broad understanding of different perspectives and viewpoints of the topic. 2. The development of a comprehensive understanding of the primary viewpoint presented. 10 0-4 5 6-7 8 9+
STYLE (30%)
1. Coherence, Clarity of Expression and Overall Presentation

Ideas are arranged logically to support the purpose of the paper, paragraphs contain one topic sentences, and supporting sentences clearly flow from one to the other. Paragraphs are clearly linked to each other. Argument/point of view is clearly stated and developed throughout the paper. Writing is free of or almost free of grammatical and spelling errors. The reader can easily follow the paper. APA style including: TNR 12 font; double spaced; ragged right margin; margins 2.54 cm; indent first line of paragraph a word document (.doc or .docx), conventional title page

20 0-9 10-12 13-15 16-18 19+
2. In text Citations conventional use APA format 5 0-1 2 3 4 5
3. Terminal List of References conventional use APA format 5 0-1 2 3 4 5
Total: 100 NI = needs improvement P = pass; C = credit; D = distinction; HD = high distinction [approximate to CDU grades]

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