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Guidelines for marking practical reports and projects

Class

Mark

Marking guidelines

Distinction


1) Narrative and hypotheses are both logical and coherent

2) Description of methods and design are comprehensive and would allow for replication

3) Analyses use suitable techniques and results are reported in appropriate detail 

4) Systematic use of appropriate evidence to support claims

5) Strong evidence of original critical reflection and an analytical approach

Excellent Distinction

100

Assignment reaches an exceptional level of achievement that significantly exceeds the standards described by the above statements

Good Distinction

90

Assignment exceeds the standards described by the above statements

Solid Distinction

80

Assignment is well described by the above statements

Low Distinction

75

Assignment mostly meets the standards described by the above statements

Merit


1) Narrative and hypotheses are mostly logical and coherent

2) Description of methods and design are mostly comprehensive and would, with minor exceptions, allow for replication

3) Analyses use suitable techniques, but with some minor errors in their application and/or reporting of results

4) Clear use of appropriate evidence to support claims

5) Some evidence of original critical reflection and an analytical approach

Good Merit

68

Assignment exceeds the standards described by the above statements but does not meet the standards for a distinction

Solid Merit

65

Assignment is well described by the above statements

Low Merit

62

Assignment mostly meets the standards described by the above statements

Pass


1) Broadly logical and coherent narrative and hypotheses, but showing signs of structure breaking down

2) Description of methods and design contain key details but miss some important aspects; only partial replication would be possible

3) Analyses use suitable techniques but with some significant errors in their application and/or reporting of results

4) Appropriate evidence used to support claims, but patchy in places

5) Limited evidence of original critical reflection and an analytical approach

Good Pass

58

Assignment exceeds the standards described by the above statements but does not meet the standards for a merit

Solid Pass

55

Assignment is well described by the above statements

Low Pass

52

Assignment mostly meets the standards described by the above statements

Marginal fail


1) Narrative and hypotheses suffer from illogical or incoherent passages

2) Description of methods and design miss a number of important aspects; would not allow for replication

3) Analyses use suitable techniques but with some substantial errors in their application and/or reporting of results

4) Some appropriate evidence used to support claims, but missing in several places

5) Weak evidence of original critical reflection or an analytical approach


48

Assignment exceeds the standards described by the above statements but does not meet the standards for a pass


45

Assignment is well described by the above statements


42

Assignment falls below the standards described by the above statements

Clear Fail


1) Minimally logical hypotheses, and an incoherent narrative

2) Methods and design are poorly described

3) Analyses are omitted or largely inappropriate

4) Material is almost entirely irrelevant to the topic


38

Assignment exceeds the standards described by the above statements but does not meet the standards for a marginal fail


32

Assignment is well described by the above statements


10

Assignment falls below the standards described by the above statements

Zero Marks

0

1) No psychology-related content.

Grade assignment decision rules

Note. If an assignment meets some of the descriptive criteria for a degree class (e.g. Merit), and some of the descriptive criteria for another degree class (e.g. Pass), it is at the discretion of the marker where to assign the grade (i.e. somewhere in the Merit or Pass range).

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