Psychology Semester 2, 2020
-Critical Literature Review (Essay) Task Sheet-
1500 words: Includes everything except title
page and reference list
Tuesday, 8th September (by 11:59pm)
Please upload your assignment via the
Turnitin electronic upload on the PYB100 Blackboard page (PYB100
Blackboard/Assessment Information & Assignment Upload/Critical Literature
You are required to submit a critical
literature review essay based on ONE
of the following topics:
TOPIC 1: Is targeting fear or punishment a good
way to persuade behaviour change for public health? Develop a position
statement and support your argument with relevant research evidence.
TOPIC 2: Is playing videogames good for our wellbeing? Develop a position statement and
support your argument with relevant research evidence.
PURPOSE: This assessment task is designed to develop your
skills in distinguishing theory from evidence, evaluating research, and
utilising empirical evidence to support a written argument.
TASK: Write an evidence-based, scholarly essay that takes
a position on one of the topics above. You will need to select, understand, and
synthesise relevant empirical articles to support a clear, logical argument.
You should read broadly (more than 10 articles) to familiarise yourself with
the research and decide what argument you will make, decide what your
thesis/position statement will be, and decide which articles you will use as
your 2-3 key pieces of evidence. The critical literature review planner in this
document can be used as a guide to structure your thinking for the essay.
TUTORIAL CLASSES TO GUIDE YOU: Full details as to how to complete the
critical literature review will be given in the tutorials in Weeks 2-6. It is
critical that you attend these tutorials to develop the skills needed to
complete this assignment well and optimise your mark on this assessment piece,
which is worth 40% of your grade for this Unit. You should participate in all
of these classes, and work progressively on your assignment from Week 3.
FORMAT AND STYLE:
The formatting and referencing of your essay should conform to American
Psychological Association (APA) style. Your
essay should include a cover page, in APA style (see example in this document)
and a reference section. You are not required to write an Abstract (a summary)
for this assignment.
edition is the new referencing and formatting style from the American
Psychological Association and was introduced this year to replace the 6th
resources can be used as a guide:
J. (2020). A Guide to Formatting in Psychology (3rd ed.).
Psychological Association. (2020). Publication Manual of the American Psychological
Association (7th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Both guides are
available in the bookshop and the QUT library. You are not required to purchase
both guides. We encourage you to look at both and decide which source suits you
You can find some
online resources here: https://apastyle.apa.org/, including sample papers: https://apastyle.apa.org/style-grammar-guidelines/paper-format/sample-papers
One starter reference for each topic is available on Blackboard. We have provided
these review article references to give you a place to start your reading on
the topic and orient you to some of the field. However, for your essay you will
need to search, identify, read and use
original empirical articles (i.e., individual research studies that collect
and analyse data from their own samples), rather than relying on review
articles or meta-analyses. We also expect you to locate and use research
articles beyond those cited in this starter review article. Guidelines about
how to find appropriate references and report them in your assignment are
included in tutorials.
Ruiter, R. A., Kessels, L. T.,
Peters, G. J., & Kok, G. (2014). Sixty years of fear appeal research:
current state of the evidence. International journal of psychology, 49(2),
Halbrook, Y. J., O’Donnell, A. T.,
& Msetfi, R. M. (2019). When and How Video Games Can Be Good: A Review of
the Positive Effects of Video Games on Well-Being. Perspectives on
Psychological Science, 14(6), 1096-1104. Sephttps://doi.org/10.1177/1745691619863807
The PYB100 assignment must be submitted online through Turnitin on the PYB100
Blackboard page. You are NOT REQUIRED to submit a hard copy. It is your responsibility to check that the
uploaded assignment is correctly lodged by the due date and time (including
that it is the correct and final version).
read the University’s Late Assignments and Extensions information carefully: http://www.student.qut.edu.au/studying/assessment/late-assignments-and-extensions.
you do not submit your work by the due date, or the revised authorised
extension date, you will be awarded a fail grade of 1 (0%).