Assessment 4 information Assessment 4: Guided Research Proposal Week Due Week 10 Sunday at 11.55pm (AEST/AEDT) * Assessment Type Guided Research Proposal Weighting 20% Aligned Unit Learning Outcomes a. Describe foundational concepts in human learning, personality, motivation, and emotion, through the lens of different theoretical perspectives in psychology c. Conduct basic searches of the psychological literature to identify and summarise relevant empirical research that conveys current scientific understanding of foundational psychological concepts. e. Exercise critical thinking in identifying and evaluating approaches to psychology that are more and less culturally responsive and ethically appropriate, including a focus on public safety. f. Communicate knowledge of fundamental psychological processes through the writing and reading of scientific research, showing integrity in communication by acknowledging sources using APA 7 style. Aligned Course Learning Outcomes CLO1: Comprehend and critically apply a broad and coherent knowledge of psychology, incorporating social, cultural, historical and professional influences on its application CLO2: Understand and apply values, guidelines, and ethical frameworks as they pertain to practice, research and the protection of public safety in psychology CLO3: Effectively communicate scientific psychology in written, oral and digital formats. This includes culturally responsive interpersonal and communication skills to work collaboratively and effectively with diverse groups to advance interprofessional teams, groups and communities CLO4: Use personal reflexivity to understand the role of epistemologies and ontologies in the science and application of psychology in a culturally safe manner CLO5: Use rigorous scientific methods and analysis to conduct, interpret and critique research in psychological science CLO7: Embrace the knowledge, strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and promote cultural safety in psychology Length maximum: 800 words *Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)/Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (AEDT). Check your time zone to ensure that you submit your assessment on time. If required, use a time zone converter. Assessment 4 Details and Instructions In PSYC1052 students will be guided through essential skills in understanding, reading, and writing formal scientific research reports. Assessment 2 (Research Comprehension Task) and Assessment 4 (Guided Research Proposal) are complementary, such that completion of Assessment 2 will provide important feedback for students to use in completion of Assessment 4. The purpose of Assessment 2 is to prepare students to be able to complete Assessment 4, by checking understanding of the basic structure of a psychological research article, as well as the ability to locate, understand, and describe important aspects of a psychological research article including theory, study aims and hypotheses, method, results, and conclusions. In Assessment 4, students should use the feedback they received from Assessment 2 to help formulate their response. Assessment 4: Guided Research Proposal requires students to use the SAME research article they used for Assessment 2. Students will first identify a suggestion for follow-up research given by the authors of the article they have chosen. Then, students will conduct a basic search of the literature to identify relevant research articles that will help them to formulate a proposal for such a follow-up research project. Using the prompts provided as a guide, students should then write a brief introduction and method section, in which a new study is proposed building on the research outlined in the article chosen. As this is likely the first time students have encountered such a style of assessment, Assessment 4 is guided, with students asked to respond to a series of questions. The goal here is to develop fundamental skills that will enable students to prepare and produce research reports and proposal documents in level 200 psychology units and above within their degree. Specific information about this assessment You should use the SAME article you utilised for Assessment 2 and use both your responses and the feedback provided to guide your Assessment 4 research proposal. For Assessment 4, you will be proposing a research project that could, in theory, be conducted. You are not required to conduct any research yourself. However, the research proposed should be realistic and conform to expectations of ethical and cultural guidelines as discussed in the unit. You should complete Assessment 4 on the response template provided. The word count corresponds to your responses only for the sections outlined below, and does not include the abstract, references, or the prompts/questions provided on the template. The sections you are required to write include: Title Page (including a title specific to the project) Abstract (100-word summary of the other written sections) Introduction (including background, aim, and research question) Proposed method (including proposed participant population, materials required, and proposed procedure) Statement of implications of the research (including ethical and cultural considerations) Reference List The template provided will include prompts or guides within each of the above sections to which you should respond. The word limit of 800 words is strict and markers will stop reading once this limit has been exceeded. Thus, it is in your interests to write concisely, and answer questions/prompts directly without becoming side-tracked by unnecessary information or straying into colloquial explanations not based directly on the scientific literature. The Week 3 and Week 4 tutorials will be dedicated to understanding the writing of scientific research papers in psychology and learning how to write the research report components so it is important that you attend these tutorials and complete the relevant pre-tutorial and tutorial activities. It is crucial that you complete Assessment 2 as this will provide important feedback on whether the correct understanding has been obtained and any errors in understanding or approach that can be corrected before submitting Assessment 4. The assessment will be marked according to the marking criteria provided in the unit outline. It is expected that you will format and reference according to the American Psychological Association (APA) Manual- 7th edition. It is also expected that you will adopt a formal academic writing style, consistent with that outlined in the APA Manual 7th edition and practiced within weekly tutorial tasks.