The final mark consists of the following pieces of assessment:
1. Exam (60%*): 50 multiple-choice questions (40%) and 2 open-ended questions* (10% each)
2. Presentation (20%)
3. Lab attendance and reports (12% **)
4. Tutorial quizzes (8% ***)
* Multiple-choice questions are based on all lectures. For open-ended questions, students can chose from among four topics, each pertaining to one core lecture topic; the answers are short essays.
** There are four labs, but only three will contribute to this mark, each 4% (the remaining lab is preparation for presentation). Both attendance and reports count (2% + 2%).
*** There are four tutorials, each contributing 2%.
Over the final week of semester 2, a series of mini-conferences will take place for Psychology 2B students. Students will prepare (in groups) short presentations on specific topics and present (individually) to fellow students. The presentations are expected to be simple and suitable for non-expert audience. The aim of this activity is to practice the highly useful skill of presenting one's ideas in a clear and convincing manner — something that is useful in many job and everyday life situations.
The presentations are assessed by tutors and will contribute towards the final course mark (20%).
See provisional details here.
All marks that are returned to students throughout the year are provisional until confirmed by the Exam Board in June.
Report deadlines and late penalties
Tutorial and lab reports are expected to be handed in within 48 hours from the end of the respective tutorial or lab. For each calendar day that work is late, the mark will be reduced by 5%. On day 6, those who have still not submitted the work receive a mark of zero.
Progression to honours years
Entry to Psychology honours (years 3 and 4) requires a mean mark of 50% or above for Psychology 2A and Psychology 2B combined, and a mark of 50% or above in Research Methods and Statistics, all at the first attempt. In addition, students must have obtained at least 200 credits over years 1 and 2.
A student whose overall final mark is a fail (< 40%) at the first attempt, must take a resit examination. 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 exam 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.
Students who are permitted to take the August exams as a 1st sit will be eligible to enter Honours if they meet the standard criteria.