PSB 100 Introduction to Psychology
This assessment is worth of 20% of your final grade, with a total of 30 available marks. The assessment contains the following components:
1. Group Presentation (25 marks)
a) Group Presentation due: Friday 5th November 3pm (AWST)
b) SparkPLUS assessment of your own group due: Monday 15th November 3pm (AWST)
General requirements for the group presentation component (25 marks)
• Each group must prepare a PowerPoint presentation on your chosen topic to be uploaded to the Discussion Board and to Turnitin. The presentation length will depend on the number of group members, but must fulfil all requirement components per the marking criteria. Each group must consist of 4-5 members and each member must present for 5 minutes. For example, 4-member group = 20 mins, 5-member group = 25 mins.
• You must either record each group member presenting their section (audio only) or provide a script of what would be said if you were presenting in person within the Notes section (below each PowerPoint slide).
• You are not required to meet in person. All the group work can be done online.
• All group members are expected to contribute equally to researching the topic and preparing the presentation.
• Each student in the group must deliver some of the presentation (i.e., you must all take a turn in speaking and clearly indicate each group member in the script).
• Present information to your peers that is beyond what they could read in the textbook. Your textbook may be a good starting point, but you must show evidence of wider reading (academic books/journal articles). You must have at least 3 academic references other than your textbook or other introductory psychology textbooks.
1. Find a newspaper article (either hardcopy or electronic) published between 2020 and the current year that raises an issue relevant to one of the modules in this unit. The newspaper article provides the basis of a ‘real-life’ example that you will aim to relate to relevant psychological theory or principles.
2. Search the library catalogue for relevant contemporary research in the topic area you are presenting on.
3. Present the relevant psychological theory or principles. We want more detail that just repeating what has been presented in the unit content.
4. Describe the implications of the research discussed in relation to the topic on which you have presented. You may consider other real-life examples that assist in illustrating the implications for your topic.A few examples of topics that relate to each of the modules of the unit include.
Developmental Psychology: factors that affect development in children (e.g., maternal drinking/smoking, environmental hazards); debate about the effect of parental employment and childcare on children; domestic violence and its impact on children; gender roles; adolescent peer relationships and identity; importance of staying mentally and physically active for healthy aging.Learning: social modelling; rewards and punishments especially related to trying to change people’s behaviour (e.g., plain packaging for cigarettes).Memory: eyewitness testimony; memory and aging, disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia; strategies for improving memory.
Social Psychology: examples of the impact of stereotypes; prejudice and discrimination; social influence/peer pressure; obedience and conformity; cooperation and conflict between groups; attitudes and attitude change Personality: match between personality characteristics and occupations, cross cultural differences in personality characteristics, infant temperament, and personality
assessment for employment selection.Motivation: need for achievement and success; eating behaviour and eating disorders;
sexuality and sexual orientation.
• Each group member must complete the SparkPLUS review of their own and their peers’ group work within their own group. Based on the ratings you give yourself and receive from your group members, you will be given a Relative Performance Factor (RPF) that reflects your contribution to the assessment. This factor is used to determine your final mark for the presentation.
• Poor performing students can potentially lose marks from their presentation mark based on their RPF.
• Individual presentation mark (out of 25) = group mark (out of 25) x individual’s RPF Here are a few suggestions to help make your group work experience a successful and enjoyable one.
• Download and carefully read all instructions and information provided about this assessment. Make use of the checklist at the end of this document to help you in ensuring all components of the assessment have been completed. This will really help keep you and your group members on track for your presentation!
• Once the groups are formed, you will have access to tools to assist you with communicating and working together online through Blackboard. You will have a group discussion board, space for storing and exchanging documents with each other, and options to send group emails. A group wiki tool will be provided, which is essential to use to share ideas and files with your group members during preparation for your presentation.
• If you are holding regular ‘meetings’ online, make sure that someone takes notes for each meeting to record what you discussed, what actions will be taken, and who is responsible for what tasks, and then email this to all group members.
• Divide up the work equitably amongst all group members. Discuss how you are going to work as a group and how you are going to manage any conflicts before they arise.
• Allow enough time to complete the task. The time limit is strict, and your presentation will not be marked beyond the time limit, so ensure your timing is on track. If this is a concern, make sure to practice. It is clear to the audience when your presentation has been rushed to finish within the time limit.
• Try to make your presentation interesting! Don’t be afraid to try to engage the audience. Be creative and imaginative in the way you choose to present the material. This really helps to foster enthusiasm for the content you’re describing.
You will complete a Peer Feedback on two other presentations. This will be completed by accessing other groups’ presentations on the Discussion Board and completing an online form that will be provided within the Group Presentation folder of the Assessments tab, closer to the due date for this component. You will be allocated two groups for peer feedback, as shown on a table on the Group Presentation Submission Forum on the Discussion Board. This will be available after the due date for the presentation slides.
The peer feedback is based on the same criteria as the marking rubric. The main difference is that you do not award a mark to your peers, just provide written, qualitative feedback. Thoughtful and appropriate peer feedback will be awarded 2.5 marks per presentation. To meet this standard, your peer feedback must:
a) Rate each of the rubric criteria according to the possible ratings provided
b) AND include a constructive comment about what you liked for each of the criteria
c) AND include a constructive suggestion for improvement for each of the criteria
d) Write appropriately, using professional language
e) If you submit incomplete feedback, such as omitting written comments for each criterion, you will receive less than the 2.5 marks available.