The assignment submission must contain the following components and will be assessed according to the
1. Assignment title page
Mark: Not marked, but mandatory for submission.
The title page should include the title (Assignment 2: Research experience program [REP] assignment), your
name, your eLA, and the assignment due date. See page 131 (Links to an external site.)in your Findlay eText
for a template of what your title page should look like.
2. REP summary table
Mark: Worth up to 20% of assignment mark. Each one credit of research participation is worth 4%. If you
complete the REP summary table with information about at least two REP studies worth five credits, you
will receive the full 20%.
In this table, you will provide the details of all REP studies you participated in, including title, number of
credits, and whether the study was conducted in a lab (e.g. on campus) or online. In the last column of the
table you must indicate which two studies you discuss in your research methods essay.
Assignment 2 REP summary table (DOC 55 KB)Preview the document.
3. Research methods essay
Mark: Worth 70% of assignment mark, with a maximum of 35% allocated for each of the two research
Within the essay, you must provide the title of the two studies you selected. For each of the
selected studies, you will:describe the purpose of the research,
identify and explain the research method used,
discuss how the method is (or is not) appropriate for its intended purpose, and
consider the advantages and limitations of that research method.
When explaining the research method, please be sure to include sufficient detail to demonstrate your
understanding of that method within the context of the study.
For example, if the researchers used an experiment, you should identify the independent variable(s) (IV) and
dependent variable(s) (DV), and relate them to the purpose of the study.
As another example, if the researchers used a correlational study, you should identify the variables whose
relationship the researchers are interested in, identify the predictor and outcome variables (if relevant), and
relate them to the purpose of the study.
You are strongly encouraged to choose two studies that use different research methods (e.g. experiment,
quasi-experiment, correlational study, survey) and/or measures (e.g. quantitative or qualitative measures;
self-report or behavioural measures) to give you an opportunity to demonstrate the breadth of your research
You may choose to write this essay in whatever way you find most appropriate. For example, you may
choose to write two separate essays (one for each of the selected studies), you may choose to write one essay
(with separate paragraphs for each of the selected studies), or you may choose to write one essay that
discusses the studies together. When deciding how to present the information, you should ensure that your
arguments are clear and easy to follow.
4. References, appendix and style
Mark: Worth 10% of assignment mark.
You must include the debriefing forms from the two studies in an appendix. You do not need to include all of
the debriefing forms for the studies you participated in—only those two that are discussed in your essay.
Your assignment must be written in APA format.
You must include a reference list at the end of your assignment in APA format.
Your citations and references should match (i.e. if you cite something in the essay, it should appear in the
reference list, and vice versa).
Your essay should be written clearly, be free of grammatical and punctuation errors, and use APA referencing
Word limit: 800 words (+/- 10%)