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ASSESSMENT 2 RESEARCH POSTER PRESENTATION: GUIDELINES AND MARKING GUIDE
Due Date: Monday October 21 2019 by 5:00pm AWST
Worth: This assessment is worth 40% of your total mark for the unit.
Poster presentations at conferences are an important way to disseminate research findings. Some conferences have
very substantial poster sessions at which hundreds of researchers present their research in poster form. Conducting
research requires critical thinking and analytical skills; poster presentations have the additional challenge of having
to convey a rich argument but clearly and succinctly. These are generalisable and valuable skills. Typically, research is
collaborative, but sometimes specific research tasks will be shared amongst the collaborators. For this assessment,
you have been assigned specific tasks, much like what can occur when collaborating in research teams. Therefore,
this assessment is also designed to simulate the experience of working in “real‐world” research contexts; for
example, in this assessment you have been provided with the research question and data to analyse and write up
independently (Task 1), and to enhance the research quality you are required to engage in reflexive practice (Task 2).
Please note, you are not expected to present your research poster in class.
You are required to independently consider a contemporary social and community issue. Such issues are pertinent to
the current social context and may be present in the media, currently of academic focus, or a combination. The
contemporary issue for this assessment is the media’s social construction of advocates of voluntary assisted dying.
This assessment requires you to complete the following two tasks:
Task 1 Thematic Analysis of Print Media
Using the media articles provided (in the accompanying document entitled: DATA SET), prepare content for an
academic research poster that addresses the research question: how do print media socially construct advocates of
voluntary assisted dying? The sections of the poster you are required to prepare for this assessment are:
Task 2 Reflexive Journal Entry
Engage in critical reflexivity and prepare a reflexive journal entry on how your positionality and epistemological
position may have shaped your analytical process and interpretation of data.
In this assessment you will demonstrate the following learning outcomes:
Demonstrate and communicate critical thinking in community psychology literature, research and applied
Recognise professional strengths, limitations and abilities of self through critical reflexivity.
Contemporary Issue of Focus: Voluntary Assisted Dying
Voluntary assisted dying relates to legally providing eligible individuals who are terminally ill with the means to
humanely end their life. It is receiving heighted attention in Australia, with Victorian legislation effective as of June
2019, and in Western Australia with the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2010 being introduced into parliament in
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Assessment Formatting Requirements
Maximum of eight (8) pages, INCLUDING references.
Task 1 Findings Section AND Discussion Section written in DOT POINTS.
Task 2 Reflexive Journal written in first person essay format (NOT dot points).
12 point Times New Roman.
1.5 Line Spaced.
2.5cm margins (top, bottom, sides)
Page numbers bottom right hand corner.
Do not include a cover page, contents page, or headers/footers.
Task 1 Thematic Analysis Content and Formatting Requirements
You are required to conduct a Thematic Analysis of the provided media articles, and using dot points, write a
Findings section and, a Discussion Section. The challenge is to communicate rich findings clearly, but succinctly.
Structure your Findings Section according to the themes you identify (use each theme name as a heading). Under
each heading (your theme name) use dot points to describe your theme, and integrate direct quotes from the data
set to illustrate and justify your theme. You will need to correctly cite the quotes from the newspaper articles you
use. If you have sub‐themes, you are welcome to use sub‐headings. It is anticipated that you will have at least two
(2) quotes for each theme. However, if you have sub‐themes, it is anticipated you will have at least one (1) quote for
Your Discussion Section must also be presented as dot points, and must cite relevant high quality references. As per
all discussion sections, you will need to address:
The overarching research question, by considering the overall findings and how these contribute to existing
knowledge/ the literature. Justify your interpretations with the support of high quality citations.
Convey implications of the research findings.
Convey limitations of the research findings.
Provide suggestions for future research.
Include a concise conclusion that summarises and presents a final key message from your research.
Task 2 Reflexive Journal Entry Content and Formatting Requirements
Your Reflexive Journal Entry requires you to write in first person, identify your epistemology and positionality, and
consider how your positionality may have shaped or influenced your analytical process and interpretation of data.
You will demonstrate this in the task by providing example/s and description of how you managed/responded to the
influence/s you identified. Reflexive practice is critical, and is a common strategy adopted to assist in enhancing
research quality. Please address the following using first person expression:
Describe and explore your positionality; consider this in relation to the research topic area. Your positionality
relates to your identity and context, and how these qualities shape your worldview, and can potentially
shape your analysis and interpretation.
Identify and explore your epistemological position; consider this in relation to the research topic area.
Ensure you cite relevant quality references when describing your epistemology. Your epistemology relates to
the theory of knowledge you ascribe to; you will need to cite a specific epistemology.
Use example/s to illustrate instances during your analysis and write up where your positionality and/or
epistemological position may have had influence. Describe how you managed/responded to the influence of
your context on your research process.
It is your choice as to whether you wish to include headings.
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Ensure that you support any claims whether they be in the form of ideas, or words, with appropriate referencing.
Please follow the referencing style of APA 6th Edition, and note, 0.5 of a mark will be subtracted from your
assessment mark for each new referencing style error (and will be capped at 1.5 marks). Also be sure to reference
any newspaper articles that you cite in‐text, and reference them in the end‐text reference list. Do not include all of
the newspaper articles you analysed in your reference list, only include those you cited.
To prevent confusion regarding how to reference the newspaper articles supplied, please abide by the following
When citing an article in text:
“quote” (Author family name, year, paragraph number).
It is reported that Minister Farina’s colleagues “…are said to be considering every detail of the legislation before
making a decision” (Butterly & Clarke, 2019, para. 2).
Note: as we are using articles that are sourced via an online database and are of a digital format, rather than
providing a page number, we need to identify the paragraph we have cited the text from. In the above example, the
cited text is in the second paragraph (determine this by counting the paragraphs from the start of the article).
When referencing an article in your reference list:
Author family name, Author initial(s). (Year, Month, Day). Title of the article: Subtitle (if one present). Name of
newspaper. Retrieved from URL.
Butterly, N., & Clarke, J. (2019, August, 7). Time to act. The West Australian. Retrieved from: https://global‐factiva‐
Note: please use the URL in the example above for ALL of the newspaper articles you reference in your assessment.
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The School of Psychology and the University regard plagiarism as a serious offence. As potential future psychologists
or other professionals it is indefensible to present work which is not wholly your own. So, you need to avoid
plagiarism, and you need to read the University Policy on Academic Misconduct (see Unit Outline). We encourage
you to submit drafts of your assessment to the portal on Turnitin to check your work prior to final submission. Please
be aware that Turnitin is not perfect; rather, it is a tool to assist you. While the database that Turnitin searches is
continually updated, it cannot contain ALL possible sources of information. Therefore the onus is on the student to
engage in appropriate practices to avoid plagiarism. Please ensure that you know what constitutes plagiarism and
how it can be avoided (i.e., through proper referencing).
Final Submission of your Assessment and Late Penalties
Please include both Assessment 2 Tasks in the one Word document or PDF document; both tasks are submitted
through the same submission point. Please do not include a cover page, contents page or headers/footers.
Assessments must be submitted to Blackboard by 5:00pm AWST, Monday October 21 2019 by uploading it as a
Word document (.doc or .docx) or as PDF to the submission point on Blackboard. The Late Assessment Policy (see
Unit Outline) ensures that the requirements for submission of assignments and other work to be assessed are fair,
transparent, equitable, and that penalties are consistently applied.
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Work, Family and Community Semester 2, 2019
Poster Presentation Marking Guide
Important Note: As you move toward the latter part of your degree, we expect that you will put into practice the
knowledge you have gained to strive to achieve at the highest level. Consequently, in all units at this level, we will
provide you with marking rubrics that outline what we expect of a high distinction submission only.
Assessment criteria and description of requirements for achieving a HIGH DISTINCTION
Theme Names: In order to achieve a high distinction for this criterion, you must determine clear and
appropriate Theme Names that accurately reflect the content of that theme. Theme names should
grab the attention of the reader, while ensuring not to over‐extrapolate or inflate the meaning of the
Analysis and interpretation: In order to achieve a high distinction for this criterion you must provide a
concise, eloquent and accurate account of the research findings. The findings must illustrate critical
thinking by the researcher.
Use of supporting evidence: In order to achieve a high distinction for this criterion you must make use
of and show evidence of appropriate and well selected supporting evidence. The evidence must be
integrated and eloquently explained and justified.
Presentation of key findings in light of the literature: In order to achieve a high distinction for this
criterion the key findings presented must be insightful, meaningful, eloquently written, accurate and
justified. Literature must be well synthesised with the poster research findings. Your arguments must
be clear and eloquently articulated and justified.
Implications, limitations and suggestions for future research presented and justified: In order to
achieve a high distinction for this criterion the implications presented must be appropriate to the
analysis; claims must be appropriately supported and eloquently presented.
Presentation of overall conclusion: In order to achieve a high distinction for this criterion the
conclusion must be eloquently written and thought provoking. The conclusion must form a clear
summary of key messages provided.
REFLEXIVE JOURNAL ENTRY
Consider your epistemology: To achieve a high distinction for this criterion, describe and explore your
epistemology in relation to the research topic area. Quality references must be cited when
considering epistemology. Expression must be eloquent and written in first person.
Consider your positionality: To achieve a high distinction for this criterion, describe and explore your
positionality in relation to the research topic area. Content needs to convey genuine self‐reflection
and illustrate critical awareness of the connection between the researcher and the research process.
Expression must be eloquent and written in first person.
Consider your positionality and the research process: To achieve a high distinction for this criterion,
provide specific example/s to illustrate how your positionality may have had influence in your
research process, with commentary on how you managed/responded to this influence. Expression
must be eloquent and written in first person.
0.5 of a mark will be subtracted from your assessment mark for each new referencing style error and
will be capped at 1.5 marks.
Any content that exceeds stipulated formatting and word length requirements will not be marked.
Total Marks Available 60