Motivation and emotion/Assessment/Topic

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Topic development - Guidelines
Topic selection and development of chapter plan
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Summary[edit | edit source]

This early assessment exercise builds skills needed for the major project by developing a plan for the Book Chapter and getting feedback. To do this: Register a Wikiversity account, sign up to an approved topic, create a Wikiversity user page, share a chapter plan (consisting of headings and key points, including at least one relevant figure), and provide feedback on the development of at least one another book chapter with this social contribution summarised on your Wikiversity user page.

No extensions or late submissions are available for this exercise. If you are unable to submit this assessment on time, withdrawal from the unit is recommended.

Overview[edit | edit source]

  1. Weight: 5%
  2. Due: Week 05 Mon 9am
  3. Develop a plan for the Book Chapter.
  4. Topics must be approved by the unit convener. Suitable topics are unique (i.e., aren't covered by previous book chapters) and related to either motivation or emotion.
  5. Social contribution component involves providing online feedback about the development of at least one other chapter.
  6. Book chapters are hosted on Wikiversity. Training in how to use Wikiversity is provided in tutorials.

Learning outcomes[edit | edit source]

How the learning outcomes are addressed by this assessment exercise:

Learning outcome Assessment task
Integrate theories and current research towards explaining the role of motivation and emotions in human behaviour. Identify the main psychological theories and peer-reviewed research which can be used to explain a specific motivation or emotion topic.
Critically apply knowledge of motivation or emotion to an indepth understanding of a specific topic in this field. Propose how psychological knowledge can be applied to a specific topic to improve motivational and emotional lives.

Graduate attributes[edit | edit source]

How the graduate attributes are addressed by this assessment exercise:

Graduate attribute Assessment task
Be professional - communicate effectively Communicate your ideas by sharing a chapter plan; provide feedback on other plans.
Be professional - display initiative and drive Get organised by selecting a topic and submitting an on-time chapter plan.
Be a lifelong learner - evaluate and adopt new technology Learn how to edit in a collaborative, online environment.

Guidelines[edit | edit source]

Follow these general guidelines and address the marking criteria:

  1. Topic selection: The first step is to sign up to a topic:
    1. Pre-approved topics are available (see the book chapter table of contents).
      1. To sign up, login to Wikiversity, go to the book chapter table of contents, edit the page, add your Wikiversity user name to a topic which does not already have an author, and publish the page.
      2. Conduct an initial literature search to scope out whether there is sufficient theory and research to satisfy the marking criteria. If not, propose a change to the topic by emailing the unit convener or sign up to a different topic.
    2. New topics can be proposed by emailing the unit convener these details:
      1. Title
      2. Sub-title (in the form of a question)
      3. Wikiversity user name
      4. Details of any related previous book chapter topics (check via this search box)
    3. Proposed changes and topics will be evaluated according to:
      1. Uniqueness: Topic must not covered by a previous motivation and motivation book chapter. Search before making a proposal. If there are similar previous topics, make clear how the proposed topic builds on, and differs from, previous work.
      2. Theme: Topic must fit the overarching book theme: to help people to understand and improve their motivational and emotional lives using psychological science.
      3. Scope: Is there enough theory and research to warrant a dedicated chapter? If the topic is too narrow, it may be difficult to satisfy the marking criteria.
  2. Chapter plan: The second step is to develop a chapter plan and user page:
    1. The chapter plan should consist of:
      1. Title, sub-title, and table of contents
      2. Headings
      3. Key points with citations
      4. 1+ relevant figure(s)
      5. 3+ references
      6. 1+ internal link (to a Wikipedia and/or Wikiversity page)
      7. At least 1 external link (to an external resource)
    2. Length (Word count): There is no minimum or maximum length for this assessment exercise.
  3. User page: Develop a user page to share:
    1. About me: Self-introduction, including a link to the chapter being worked on and e-portfolio and/or other profiles.
    2. Social contributions: A list of social contributions, with a summary and direct link to evidence for each contribution.
    3. Example: User:NUMBLA0371

Marking criteria[edit | edit source]

Topic developments will be marked according to the following criteria:

  1. Title (10%): See examples.
    1. Approved title and sub-title in the book's table of contents, with hyperlink to author user page.
    2. Same title and sub-title are at the top of the chapter page.
    3. Use sentence casing.
  2. User page (10%): See examples.
    1. A Wikiversity user page has been created, with information about yourself.
    2. Suggested headings: About me, Social contributions.
    3. Consider linking to your other profiles.
  3. Social contribution (10%): See examples.
    1. On your Wikiversity user page, summarise and link to direct evidence that you have provided online feedback about the development of at least one other topic. More info.
  4. Headings (10%): See examples.
    1. Use the recommended headings (see template) plus three to six informative and correctly formatted top-level headings (between the Overview and Conclusion) which may each contain two to five sub-headings. Note that a section should contain 0 or 2+ sub-headings - i.e., avoid having sections which only contain 1 sub-heading).
    2. Use sentence casing (see also heading casing).
  5. Key points (30%): See examples.
    1. In each section, provide at least two key points which summarise psychological science (theory and research) about the topic, including key citations.
    2. Provide at least one key point before branching into sub-sections.
    3. Focus on addressing the problem (i.e., the question in the sub-title) using the best available psychological theory and research.
    4. Link key concepts to further info (e.g., other book chapters and/or relevant Wikipedia articles).
  6. Figure (10%): See examples.
    1. Display at least one relevant figure. See example.
    2. Provide a descriptive caption underneath.
  7. References (10%): See examples.
    1. Provide at least three APA style references for peer-reviewed sources cited in the key points.
  8. Resources (10%): See examples.
    1. See also: Provide at least one bullet-pointed internal (wiki) link to a relevant book chapter or other Wikiversity or Wikipedia page. The linked text should be the name of the target page. Include the source in parentheses following the link.
    2. External links: Provide at least one bullet-pointed external link to a key internet resource (not Wikiversity or Wikipedia). The linked text should be the name of the target page or site. Include the source in parentheses following the link.

Grade descriptions[edit | edit source]

This section describes typical characteristics of topic developments at each grade level, based on the marking criteria.

Grade Description
HD (High Distinction) A clear, complete, easy to understand plan is presented. Considerable depth and breadth of theoretical and research knowledge of the topic is demonstrated via the scope and detail within the plan. All recommended sections are provided. The development of the plan illustrates that author has actively engaged in developing skills required for collaborative online writing and editing (e.g., interwiki links are provided for key terms, responses are made to comments on the chapter talk page). There are citations to more than three key academic sources with references provided in APA style. The author introduces themself on their Wikiversity user page and summarises and provides directly verifiable evidence of feedback provided about the development of at least one other book chapter topic.
DI (Distinction) A very good, understandable plan is presented. The plan includes key relevant theory and research, with relevant references. The material is well organised into sections, with minimal spelling and grammar issues. There is good evidence that the author has developed the capacity to work effectively in the collaborative editing environment. The author's user page is set up and links to evidence of contributing feedback about other chapters. There is at least one key area for further improvement.
CR (Credit) A competent plan is presented. The plan includes the main ideas and sections necessary for developing a good chapter about the topic. Some aspects of the plan, however, may be missing, limited, or problematic. For example, the headings and structure may be under-developed, the reference list may indicate a lack of depth in investigation of the topic, use of wiki links and/or images could often be improved, and/or user page set-up feedback about other chapters may not have been completed.
P (Pass) A basic, sufficient plan is presented, however there may be incomplete coverage of relevant theory and research, and/or a lack of depth or breadth in conceptualising the chapter. The chapter plan may cover basic information about separate concepts, but lack detail about how the concepts will be brought together to help address the topic. A basic heading structure is presented, but is likely to need more sections and/or improved formatting or organisation. Spelling and grammar problems are often evident. Citation and referencing tends to be missing or limited in scope and quality (e.g., top peer-reviewed citations about the topic haven't been cited). These plans usually have very brief edit histories (e.g., less than 24 hours) and are often noticeably shorter than plans which attract higher grades. Authors often haven't set up an informative user page or provided evidence of engagement with the development of other chapter plans.
F (Fail) The plan is insufficient and/or incomplete. Major gaps and/or errors in content are evident. Little evidence of awareness of relevant theory, research, and use of peer-reviewed references. These plans typically have under-developed heading structures and do not illustrate the use of key editing skills. Written expression is often undermined by poor spelling and/or grammar. These plans typically have very brief editing histories (e.g., consist of a few, last minute edits). There is generally no evidence of active engagement with the development of other chapters.

Submission and marking[edit | edit source]

  1. Submit via UCLearn.
  2. Submissions will be evaluated according to the marking criteria.
  3. No extensions will be approved. Late submissions will receive 0.
  4. Marks and feedback should be returned within three weeks of the due date.
    1. Marks will be available via UCLearn
    2. Feedback will be available via the book chapter's Wikiversity discussion page.
    3. Availability of marks and feedback will be notified via UCLearn Announcements.
  5. If you don't understand or disagree with your mark and/or feedback, then please see the marking dispute process.

Examples[edit | edit source]

Examples of topic development submissions which received 100% - links go to snapshots of pages as submitted:

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2019
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2017

See also[edit | edit source]