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27 Jun
2020

Lab report assessment guidelines

Category:ACADEMICIAN

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Student name:
Criteria
Content
High Dist. (85-100%)
Distinction (75-84%)
Credit (65-74%)
Pass (50-64%)
Fail (0-49%)
Mark
Plan
Use of learning principles to shape & maintain behaviour.
10%
Title                  
Clear, concise, and informative

Abstract
Aim & hypothesis/es
 
 
 
 
 
10%
 
Method
 
 
 
 
 
 
Results
 
 
 
 
 
 
Conclusions
 
 
 
 
 
Introduction
General statement of investigation
 
 
 
 
 
20%
Definition of key terms / theories
 
 
 
 
 
Comprehensiveness of review
 
 
 
 
 
Critical thinking
 
 
 
 
 
Link between theory, literature, & plan
 
 
 
 
 
Aims / hypotheses
 
 
 
 
 
Method
Participant/s
 
 
 
 
 
15%
Design
 
 
 
 
 
Materials
 
 
 
 
 
Procedure
 
 
 
 
 
Results
Interpretation of baseline data (descriptive statistics)
 
 
 
 
 
15%
Interpretation of behaviour change (descriptive statistics)
 
 
 
 
 
Tables / figures
 
 
 
 
 
Discussion
Statement of support for hypotheses / plan
 
 
 
 
 
20%
Explanation of results
 
 
 
 
 
Results linked to previous research & theory
 
 
 
 
 
Critical evaluation of plan (including non-trivial methodological issues)
 
 
 
 
 
Future recommendations / continuation of plan
 
 
 
 
 
Conclusion
 
 
 
 
 
Presentation
Writing style
 
 
 
 
 
10%
APA style / referencing
 
 
 
 
 
OVERALL MARK / GRADE Marker:
  (17-20)
  (15-16.5)
  (13-14.5)
  (10-12.5)
  (<10)
/20
Comments:  
Some tips for the behaviour modification program.
(notes to guide tutorial activity)
Behaviour selection
Pick a modifiable behaviour. Choose whether you want to increase or decrease a particular behaviour. For example, you may want to increase: exercise behaviour, cleaning, studying, dog walking, yard work, vegetable consumption, etc. Or, you may want to decrease: number of cigarettes smoked, swearing, Facebook use, consumption of junk food, etc. Do not choose an overly complex behaviour or one that is currently undergoing (or needs to undergo) medical / psychological treatment.
I would recommend primarily using the principles of Operant Conditioning (with a focus on reinforcement rather than punishment) but other Learning theories would also be acceptable.
It is critical to note that this is a course on learning and therefore the focus of the report needs to be on quantifiable, observable behaviour rather than things like thoughts, feelings, motivations etc…
Clearly operationalise the behaviour to be modified (i.e., describe the target behaviour in measurable terms).
Baseline level
Measure the behaviour for at least 7 days (e.g., number of minutes exercised) and present this data as your baseline measure in the Results section.
Modification plan
Clearly outline the modification plan. For example, what sort of reinforcement will you use? On what schedule? How do you move between schedules of reinforcement? Are you shaping an existing behaviour or acquiring a new behaviour? What theories are you using?
It is CRITICAL that you outline the theoretical process (and link to literature) behind the elements of your plan.
Relevant literature should be used to support your claims (i.e., develop a strong rationale for your plan).
Details of the modification plan should be presented in the Method. Note that there are marks allocated as a separate criterion in the marking sheet for the quality of plan – but this not does mean that you have a separate section in the report called ‘plan’.
Success of modification plan
Measure the behaviour for at least another 7 days and make notes on how effective your modification plan was in changing the behaviour.
The success of the modification plan should be evaluated by comparing your pre- and post-test scores.
You can use the data record form at the end of the document or you can devise one of your own. You do not need to include this in your report – but you do need to present the data in an A-B figure, as per the eg on Bb. You can also use any extra statistics needed to describe your data (e.g., percentages).
This data should be presented in the Results section.
You should also critically evaluate your plan in the Discussion section by considering factors that worked well, elements that needed revision, and what changes could be made.
You are not being assessed on the actual success of your plan (provided it was a reasonable plan), but rather how you interpret and critically evaluate the success (or failure!).
In summary, you are being assessed on:
Operationalisation of target behaviour: Description of target behaviour in measurable terms.
Description of the operant level of the behaviour (with supporting data).
Detailed modification plan (using theory-consistent terminology)
Effective use of theory & literature.
Analysis of behaviour change pre/post intervention
Critical evaluation of the intervention:
Environmental factors that elicit and diminish the behaviour (focus on environmental rather than psychological).
Modifications to the program based on above elements.
Example data collection forms
(Please note: you are not required to use these forms, you are welcome to design your own. You will need a way to collect baseline levels and behaviour during the modification).
Name: ____________________________________
Target behaviour: _________________________________
Baseline rate of behaviour
 
Date
Amount of target behaviour
Observations
Day 1
 
 
 
Day 2
 
 
 
Day 3
 
 
 
Day 4
 
 
 
Day 5
 
 
 
Day 6
 
 
 
Day 7
 
 
 
                                              Mean =             Standard Deviation =
Behaviour modification data
 
Date
Amount of target behaviour
Observations
Day 1
 
 
 
Day 2
 
 
 
Day 3
 
 
 
Day 4
 
 
 
Day 5
 
 
 
Day 6
 
 
 
Day 7
 
 
 
                                             Mean =            Standard Deviation =
Lab report assessment guidelines .

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