Teaching period 2, 2019
PSY10005: Introduction to Research Methods
Assignment 1: Critical review
Word limit: 1000 (+/- 10%)
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Over the first few weeks of this unit, you have been learning the concepts that will enable you to read and understand a research report. You have also begun to learn how to recognise well-designed studies—studies in which the research methods are appropriately matched to the research question. You will now put this learning together, and write a summary and evaluation of a research report (called a ‘critical review’).
Writing your critical review will help you learn how to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a particular research design. This skill will help you in Assignment 2: Research proposal, in which you will need to plan and propose a research study. The ability will also help you throughout your course, and in everyday life, to evaluate claims made in a range of academic and non-academic contexts.
This assignment assesses the following unit learning outcomes:
Step 1: Choosing an article to review
Read the articles in the List of articles for critical review. – Assignment 1: Additional resources – Articles for critical review
Research topic: Binge watching TV
Binge watching TV is increasingly becoming a problem in society, though limited empirical research exists on the predictors and consequences of such behaviour. As such, we have the opportunity to examine methods for a body of research that is currently developing.
Choose one of the below articles to evaluate. Use the other articles as sources to inform your critical review.
You may have questions about the articles as you read; leave time to review the learning materials and answer them.
Select only one article to review. You may use the remaining articles as supporting literature to help you build your argument, but a well-constructed review might require you to conduct further research through the Swinburne Library.
Write a critical review of your selected article, including the following:
Please note that the allocation of words to each section is a guideline, and will vary across individual assignments. This guide to writing critical reviews will assist you.
Note that your evaluation should go beyond a simple ‘good’ or ‘not good’. Rather, you are evaluating the extent to which the argument is supported by the evidence, and the extent to which the methods address the research question. (Tip: Don’t forget the strengths. It is unlikely that the paper is perfect, but as it is a published article, it probably has some strengths as well.)
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