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729A71 Behaviour in Complex Systems

Examination


Examination

To receive a passing grade (G) in this course you will need to:

  • Be the discussion leader for one seminar
  • Actively participate during the other seminars
  • Participate in and complete the project
  • Participate in the presentation of the project report

The grade of pass with distinction (VG) will be given based on the quality of the project report (see Project report, below). All parts should be done within the given timelines (see Deadlines, below).

Project report

The project report should be 5-10 pages in length (Times New Roman, 12 pts, single line spacing), excluding references.

The report can be written in Swedish or English.

The report should follow an accepted publication/formatting guideline. I recommend the American Psychology Association's publication manual, version 6 (available as a reference work at the university library). Please be aware that online sources for the APA manual may be outdated! Always check that the information is correct according to the latest standard.

The project report should contain the following sections:

  • Abstract (max 250 words)
  • Introduction (development of the problem under investigation, including its historical antecedents, and statement of purpose of the investigation)
  • Method (description of the procedures used to conduct the investigation)
  • Results (report of the findings and analyses)
  • Discussion (summary, interpretation, and implications of the results)
  • References (a bibliography of the references used in the work)

Deviations from this format may be permissible, check with the course examiner!

Grading rubric

The grading rubric for the project report is as follows:

Content

Exceeds standard (3)

Meets standard (2)

Does not meet standard (0.5)

No evidence (0)

Abstract

Clearly and accurately summarizes the report within the given word limit.

Summarizes the report within the given word limit.

Fails to summarize the report or exceeds the word limit.

No abstract provided.

Introduction (aim, goals, hypothesis, research questions)

The stated aims and goals are clear and well defined, and within the scope of the course.

The research questions or hypotheses follow from the aim/goal and serve to focus the remainder of the report.

Aims and goals are stated and within the scope of the course.

Research questions or hypotheses are stated.

Aims and goals are unclear or outside the scope of the course. Research questions or hypotheses are unclear or not connected to the aims and goals.

No aims or goals provided.

No research questions or hypotheses.

Introduction (background information)

Provides accurate and detailed background information that covers the seminal and current works as related to the aims/goals.

A comprehensive selection of valid, scientific references is provided.

Sufficient relevant background information is provided for the reader to follow and understand the current work. Some valid, scientific references are used.

Very little and/or inaccurate information is provided.

No valid, scientific references used.

No background information provided.

Method

Data collection procedures and analytical strategies are well suited to answer the research aims, and are presented logically and clearly, with detailed easy-to-follow steps that allow scientific replication.

Data collection procedures and analytical strategies are appropriate to answer the research aims. They are presented in an understandable way but may lack in detail or clarity.

Data collection procedures and analytical strategies are either inappropriate for the research aims or the presentation is confusing and lacking critical information.

No data collection procedures and/or analytical strategies provided.

Results

The collected data is correctly analyzed in accordance with the planned analytical strategy. All data patterns are explained using appropriate and correct scientific terminology. All graphs and tables are complete and accurate.

The collected data is analyzed in accordance with the planned analytical strategy with only minor and non-critical errors. Most data patterns are explained using some scientific terminology. Minor inaccuracies present in graphs or tables.

Data is incorrectly analyzed or not in accordance with the planned analytical strategy. Lack of understanding of results is evident. Graphs and tables are incomplete, misleading, or inaccurate.

The collected data is not analyzed.

Discussion

Clearly and accurately summarizes the results as it relates to the research questions or hypotheses. Presents logical and rational explanations for the results. Critically examines the limitations in the design and execution of the project, and suggests improvements for future studies. Recommends relevant future studies to further explore the research aim. Presents brief and accurate conclusions that follows from the results and that addresses the research goal.

Summarizes the results and connects them to the stated research questions or hypotheses. Presents logical and rational explanations for most but not all results. Recognizes project limitations but lacks suggestions for improvement. Hints at but does not clearly articulate future studies. Conclusions are present and supported by the results.

Does not summarize the results and/or does not connect them to the stated research questions or hypotheses. Explanations of results are illogical. Limitations are either not recognized or inadequately described. Conclusions are not supported by the results.

Discussion is absent.

Mechanics

Exceeds standard (3)

Meets standard (2)

Does not meet standard (0.5)

No evidence (0)

Language (technical)

No errors in grammar, punctuation, capitalization, word usage, or spelling. Formal, technical language is used consistently and throughout the report.

Few errors. Does not hinder comprehension. Some informal or non-technical language is used.

Many errors or few but critical errors that hinder comprehension. Large sections are written in informal language.

Not applicable.

Language (usage)

The language is clear and precise. Each paragraph has a main idea that is developed and supported by detail sentences. The sequence and progress of ideas and information is logical and cohesive.

The language is overall clear but contains unclear sections or sentences. Each paragraph has a main idea. The sequence and progress of ideas and information is not fully developed and contains some unsupported leaps.

The language is not clear or precise. Paragraphs lack main idea or supporting sentences. No evidence of structure or organization of ideas and information.

Not assessable.

References

All references in text as well as the bibliography are done in the correct format as per the chosen guideline (e.g., APA).

References in text and the bibliography are mostly correct according to the chosen standard with only minor deviations.

References and bibliography are not correctly or coherently formatted.

Absent.

There are six criteria in the rubric for content, and three for mechanics. The project report can be awarded zero to three points in each category, for a max total of 18 and 9, respectively. For G, the project must be awarded at least 9 points total on the content criteria, and 4.5 points on the mechanics criteria. For VG, the minimums are 13.5 points for content and 6 points for mechanics.

Project presentation

The groups will present their projects at a final presentation. The date and time is yet to be decided.

Deadlines

TBD...


Page responsible: Erik Prytz
Last updated: 2016-09-13