Guidelines for the Peer Reviews

You must submit a 400 word critique for each of 2 assigned peer draft-reports.

• You report should be a Word document (  .doc or .docx file extension)

• All typed work should be in Arial 11 or Times New Roman font size 12.

• Please state the number of words used at the end of the assignment.

• Assignments more than 10% in excess of the word limit may be penalised

• If you provide any additional references they should be appropriately referenced using the Harvard Referencing System.

• Provide sufficient information to the writer for them to understand what you are referring to in your comments.  For example:

p6, l14 – the word should be ‘would’ not ‘wood’ (means page 6, line 14)

 

 

Guidelines for the Written Report (65% of final mark)

You must submit a 1500 word report of your assigned scale (excluding Title and references).  The report must be word processed and adhere to the following guidelines:

• You report should be a Word document (  .doc or .docx file extension)

• All typed work should be in Arial 11 or Times New Roman font size 12.  

• Please state the number of words used at the end of the assignment.  

• Assignments more than 10% in excess of the word limit may be penalised

• All work used within the assignment should be appropriately referenced using the Harvard Referencing System.

• The critique will be run through Turn-it-in so don’t copy text straight out of the paper without quotation marks.  The paper should not contain a lot of quotation marks as I’m looking to see that you understood what was written, not just find text in the paper!

• Your paper should contain the following sections:

o Background – a brief review of the scale – your Part A assignment is a good place to start.

o Methods – similar to the papers we review in class – how was the survey developed, what variables did you add (and why) and how was the survey administered.  Finish with a paragraph about the statistical analysis

o Results – there is usually 1 demographic table that describes the participants and their responses to the scale.  Do NOT present each the results for each question separately unless it is relevant for the scale.  You should have some subanalysis of the results by relevant demographic characteristics.  For example, males v. females.

o Discussion – Compare your findings with published literature.  Do NOT use publications that are about validating your scale.  Use research that used your scale to answer a research question.

o References

o Attach a separate letter (not in the word count) that indicates how you responded to the peer reviews.

• You will hand in 

o your draft (not in the word count)

o the two peer reviews

o your response to the peer reviews (not in the word count)

o your final completed report (1500 words)

 

 

 

 

The critique should cover the following content (the underlined words are suggested section headings)

– a introduction to the topic of your paper that makes it clear you have read around the subject, looked at previous relevant papers, etc.  Cite as appropriate.  If your study refers to another paper that outlines the research in more detail you need to get this paper.

– a statement of what the declared aims and objectives of the research were in your own words.

In the study methodology section:

– briefly describe the study design, and make a statement about how appropriate the study design is for the research question.  Make use of an evidence hierarchy to locate the study design.

– where did the study population come from?  Make a statement about how generalisable the study population is.

– what is the outcome variable and what are the explanatory variables?  Briefly describe how each variable was used as originally collected or converted for use in analysis.

– summarise the results.  For example, in the module you have learned to write a statement that summarises the findings from a table of regression results.

– State the conclusion of the paper and whether or not the results, as reported, are in agreement with this conclusion.

– discuss your paper in the context of other papers in your group and other literature that you have found.  This is different from the discussion in the paper.

– what are the major strengths and limitations? You may have some the authors didn’t mention. Include sources of bias and in which direction they would have affected the findings (i.e., they would make it more or less likely to have found the association they were looking for?).

– does the abstract (and the media box, if relevant) correctly represent the findings of the study?  If not what are the specific issues which are not represented correctly or not mentioned.

– what would be the ideal study to investigate the research question?  What are the limitations to conducting this ideal study.

 

 

 

 

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