Lab report

Lab report

Task for assisgnment
Assessment tasks/questions: As a formal lab report, you are required to write up a demonstrative experiment that will be carried out in class. You will take part in

the experiment during the Week 3 seminar (following a very quick description of the experiment), after which results will be uploaded onto NewLearning.

Guidance on answering assessment questions: The report is to be written in standard ‘APA’ format, which means it will need to include an abstract, introduction,

method, results, and discussion, and of course a list of references. In Week 4 seminar it will be shown how to analyse a similar type of data (but not the same!) using

SPSS, and how to write up the results (what kind of information include in which section, for example – how many variables there were in the design of the experiment;

details of the statistical analysis – which method was used to analyse the data, for example – t-test or ANOVA (which type); whether you use pair-wise comparisons or

used post-hoc in simple-effect analyses). Attending of ALL seminars is compulsory, but these two seminars in Week 3 and 4 are absolutely critical for you to
obtain a good understanding of stages involved in conducting cognitive research. You will then interpret and write-up your results as a lab report. You will be

familiar with these concepts from studying research methods, and the lab classes aim to enable you to conduct these analyses yourself. You will be provided with

information about the experiments you partake in, but you are still expected to conduct your own literature search and find your own examples and references; do not

rely solely on the reading provided in-class as you will need a deeper theoretical understanding of the concepts involved than what will be provided by these alone.


The pass mark for all summative assessments is 40%. Remember that reports submitted late will be capped at 40% (if submitted within a week of the deadline) – if and

only if they are of passable quality. Your work goes through TurnItIn to check for plagiarism, and it’s a very thorough system. To avoid being accused of plagiarism is

simple: take steps to ensure you do not plagiarise other people’s work. Instead, paraphrase the main ideas and provide a reference. Avoid quotes. This year you need to

show that you know how to express others’ thoughts and findings in your own words. If you cannot put something into your own words, and explain it to someone else,

then you probably don’t quite understand it – read it again a few times and seek out other resources which explain the concept. Read extensively, and when taking notes

always record the date, author and page number where you found the information. This will save you time when producing reference lists, and will help you locate texts

you have consulted previously should you want to read more on them. There is nothing more frustrating than having to delete a really good argument from your work

because you cannot provide a reference as you do not know where you got it from. There are people at NUC who can help you with paraphrasing and academic writing style,

in fact, NUC offers support and advice for a whole number of things for you to utilise while you study here. If you require additional guidance about your general

study methods and academic skills then seek out these resources. Look for posters or speak to your tutor or the faculty staff.


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