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Your grade on the course is based on a single piece of coursework

The assignment will be to write a critical analysis on a paper, from a selection, in the same manner that has been demonstrated and practiced during the course. The selection of papers will be announced a week before the deadline.

The deadline is the last Friday of term at 12pm (noon). For 2015 this is 12:00 on 18 December

Submission will be via Turnitin on MOLE (this will be available from 11th of December 2015)

The word limit is 1000 words. This does not include the references at the end.

  • Penalties for length are: 1-99 words over the limit, three marks deducted, 100-199 words over the limit, six marks deducted, 200-299 words over the limit, nine marks deducted, and so on.

2015 selection

choose ONE to write the coursework on

Memory: Krefeld-Schwalb A, Ellis AW, Oswald ME (2015) Source Memory for Mental Imagery: Influences of the Stimuli's Ease of Imagery. PLoS ONE 10(11): e0143694. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0143694.

Reasoning: Kelley NJ, Schmeichel BJ (2015) Thinking about Death Reduces Delay Discounting. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0144228. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0144228

Emotion: Buchanan TW, Bibas D, Adolphs R (2010) Associations between Feeling and Judging the Emotions of Happiness and Fear: Findings from a Large-Scale Field Experiment. PLoS ONE 5(5): e10640. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010640

Social cognition: Brennan AA, Enns JT (2015) What's in a Friendship? Partner Visibility Supports Cognitive Collaboration between Friends. PLoS ONE 10(11): e0143469. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0143469

Cognitive neuroscience: Bulganin L, Wittmann BC (2015) Reward and Novelty Enhance Imagination of Future Events in a Motivational-Episodic Network. PLoS ONE 10(11): e0143477. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0143477

Generic feedback and examples of good answers

Are here 2015 Coursework

Full details

Semester 1 Critical review – Maximum 1000 words.

This is the only piece of assessed work for this module. It should be completed in accordance with University regulations on plagiarism and collusion (see your Departmental Handbook or the University Web Site for further details). In submitting this assignment, you will be accepting that it is your own original work. Submission takes place via the Plagiarism Detection Service provided by TurnitinUK. This coursework counts for 100% of the module mark.

How to submit:

The word limit for this coursework is 1000 words, excluding references. This is a strict limit. 1001 words, therefore, is too many. This word limit does not include references or the title (in text citations, however, do count).

All submissions should have a completed coversheet (which should be fully completed) and a marksheet, and assignments should be submitted in accordance with the instructions for coursework submission (see below). You must only use the coversheet/marksheet given below. Please do NOT use any other versions of these documents from other sources.

This piece of work must be submitted through MOLE 2 by 12pm (noon) on Friday 18th December 2015. Late submissions will be penalised in accordance with standard departmental procedure.

When on MOLE, your work can be uploaded via: PSY243 Cognitive Psychology (ACADEMIC YEAR 2015~16). Within this folder there will be a TurnitinUK assignment called PSY243 Critical Review Coursework. If you do not see this assignment, you should contact Liz Carl immediately for assistance.

When uploading your file to TurnitinUK, the dialogue box will ask you for a title - You MUST type the title as PSY243_your registration number i.e. PSY243_130111111. Do NOT write the title of your review or anything other than the requested title above.

Instructions for coursework submission

Please read the following instructions carefully:

The deadline for coursework submission is not negotiable. It would be unfair if one person had longer than another person to do the work. Extensions to the deadline will be considered only if satisfactory documentary evidence (Exceptional Circumstances form) is supplied. Applications for extensions should be made to the Module Organiser (Dr. Tom Stafford, If an extension has not been granted work must be handed in on or before the submission date.

Late submissions will be subject to the standard University penalties for late work (i.e. 5% of the mark will be deducted for each working day that the coursework is late). Any work submitted after a 5-working-day-period without a special dispensation should receive zero.

The length of the review is not negotiable. The word limit is the maximum allowed. It would be unfair if one person was allowed to write more than another. The word limit applies to all text, including sub-headings, footnotes, words in tables, and the references within the text. The only parts of the lab report that do not count towards the word limit are the title, and the reference list at the end.

Penalties for length are: 1-99 words over the limit, three marks deducted, 100-199 words over the limit, six marks deducted, 200-299 words over the limit, nine marks deducted, and so on.

Coursework must be typed in 12 point Times font with 1.5 line spacing. Please number each page including the reference list.

All coursework must be submitted via the TurnitinUK function within MOLE, for plagiarism detection purposes. The filename of your coursework should consist of two parts: the first part is the module code (PSY243), the second part is your nine digit registration number (these should be separated with an underscore i.e. PSY243_130111111. Please make sure your name does NOT appear in the filename or in the header/footer of the file as these reviews will be marked anonymously. The first page of your coursework should be the coursework coversheet which must not contain your name; the second page will be the mark sheet (as shown below). When submitting, TurnitinUK will ask for a title, this MUST be the same as the filename i.e. PSY243_registration number COURSEWORK MUST BE SUBMITTED ACCORDING TO THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THIS PAGE. COURSEWORK THAT IS NOT SUBMITTED ACCORDING TO THESE INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE PENALISED.


If you have questions you have two options:

You can add your question to the Frequently_Asked_Questions_(FAQ) list. Let me know when you've done this, and I'll let you know when I've added an answer. This way is better because it creates a permanent record of answers to questions people have.

You can email the PSY243 discussion group. I (or maybe even another student on the course) will email an answer. This way is easier, because all you have to do is send an email.