Coursework and Exams
Your final mark is based upon a multiple choice test, essay, tutorial, and lab and research participation (all components are mandatory).
The breakdown of the course mark is as follows:
Final test = 45%
Tutorial essay = 31%
Tutorial preparation and participation (4 tutorials) = 8%
Practical skills (lab and research participation) = 16%
The Psychology 1A exam will take place within the winter exam period (10th-21st December, 2020).
|Item of Work||Date of Submission||Date of Return|
|Final Test||12 Midday Monday 14th Dec to 12 Midday Thursday 17th Dec||TBC|
How to submit essays
There is 1 essay for Psychology 1A, of up to 1200 words in length. Guidelines on writing essays can be found in the Tutorial Workbook.
Submission deadline 2pm, Monday 23rd November 2020
All essays must be word-processed, and submitted by the deadline.
An electronic copy must be submitted via Turnitin, the plagiarism detection software where the essay will be marked, and feedback and comments provided on the electronic copy. A link to Turnitin will be available in Learn via MyEd.
Penalties for late submission
- Up to 7 calender days, 5 marks per calender day will be deducted
- More than 7 calender days late a mark of zero will be given
Marks and feedback will be returned within 3 weeks. The Course Secretary will email if the date changes.
Tutorial Reports and Participation
Your tutorial assignments will be made available on Learn and consist of two parts, the first of which will include a reading task which must be completed prior to your tutorial discussion board meetings. Completion points will be awarded on the basis of your individual preparation in the first part of the tutorial, as well as on the basis of your contributions to group discussion in the second part. Some tutorials will have follow on activities that will help to prepare you for your tutorial essay. These will focus on study skills such as how to search the literature, how to use APA style for your references, and how to write scientifically. More information will be updated here shortly.
Practical Skills - Psychology 1A Lab
Practical Skills - Research Participation
As part of the practical skills assessment you are required to participate in research over the course of the semester. This will give you an understanding of the process of recruitment and allow you to reflect on how it feels to be involved in psychology research. In order for you to complete your research for credit, you will need to register with our participant pool. There is currently an expectation that you will undertake 4 hours of research, however this figure may be reduced if the number of research places are impacted due to covid-19 restrictions. If this happens, you will be notified.
Please make sure you do the following in the first few weeks of the course:
Complete the SONA Participant tutorial: https://ppls.ed.ac.uk/techsupport/2017/03/21/sona/
Then sign up for SONA using your UUN. It is important the you only sign up for your course(s) (and the Volunteering/Paid pool if you wish). It is your responsibility to ensure credits are assigned to the correct course (using My Schedule/Credits).
- 3 unexcused no-shows results in 1 hour deducted. It is important you contact the researcher in advance if you can no longer participate in a study.
- Participants’ credits are set to zero at the end of each semester, when total accrued credits have been passed to the teaching office.
- Participants are deleted from the system at the end of each academic year.
- Participants cannot accrue credits prior to the start of the semester.
The deadline for gathering your credits will be Thursday 3rd December, 2020, at 4pm.
You can find the description of how marks are awarded here. Tutorial and practical lab grades are awarded on the basis of completion and timing.
Single-Semester and Full-Year Visiting Students: your mark is computed in the same manner as described above.
A student whose overall final mark is a fail (< 40%) at the first attempt, must sit the exam in the resit examination, which contributed 100% of the final mark for the course. Normally, the marks of other assessment components are not carried forward, unless the exam board decides otherwise.
August exams as a 1st sit
Students who are absent from the December test due to special circumstances (e.g. on medical grounds) may be given permission to take the August exams as a first sitting. A special circumstances form (with appropriate supporting evidence) should in this instance be submitted to our Student Support Officers and individual cases will be considered by a Special Circumstances Committee.
The Special Circumstances Committee will inform students on an individual basis which paper(s) to sit and whether coursework marks will be carried forward.
Note for students on Tier 4 Visa
As part of your visa, you are required to attend all of your University classes, lectures, tutorials, labs, etc. where required. This includes participating in the requirements of your course including submitting assignments, attending meetings with tutors, and attending examinations. If you cannot attend due to illness, for example, you must inform your School.
There is further information here about plagiarism.