Personality and Coping

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Assignments 1 and 2

Overview and Learning Objectives

These two assignments will help you develop fundamental skills in APA formatting, academic

writing, and the critical evaluation of research. They are connected by a central topic (see next

page) so that feedback from Assignment 1 can be used in developing Assignment 2. The

Collaborate tutorials and Blackboard discussions will also provide opportunities to develop the

relevant skills and knowledge for completing Assignment 2.

Assignment 1 – 800 words

In the first assignment you will compile an Annotated Bibliography of references that relate to the

central topic. We have also provided you with two Starting References (see next page) that you will

need to locate through the library’s online database of journal articles. Further instructions for

completing the assignment are provided in the section on this handout titled Requirements and

Grading Guide for Assignment 1.

Assignment 1 – Essential details

Due 11.55pm Monday Week 5 (28th September)

Submission is electronic. A single file must be submitted through Blackboard using Turnitin.

The bibliography must be 800 words maximum.

oWord count does not include title page

oPenalties may be applied for exceeding the word limit – words significantly beyond

the limit will not receive marks.

The submission must be presented in APA style (6th edition).

The Assignment is worth 10% of your final PSY10003 mark.

Late Penalty: 10% per day. Submissions more than 5 days late will receive zero marks.

Assignment 2 – 2,000 words

In the second assignment you will write an Essay that critically reviews the research that relates to

the topic. You should incorporate the feedback you receive on Assignment 1 when writing your

essay for Assignment 2. Further instructions for completing this assignment are provided in the

section on this handout titled Requirements and Grading Guide for Assignment 2.

Assignment 2 – Essential details

Due 11.55pm Monday Week 10 (2nd November)

Submission is electronic. A single file must be submitted through Blackboard using Turnitin.

The report must be 2,000 words maximum.

oWord count does not include title page or reference list.

oPenalties may be applied for exceeding the word limit – words significantly beyond

the limit will not receive marks.

The submission must be presented in APA style (6th edition).

The Assignment is worth 35% of your final PSY10003 mark.

Late Penalty: 10% per day. Submissions more than 5 days late will receive zero marks.

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Assignment Topic

Personality and coping

Coping involves the use of personal attributes, skills, and social supports to manage stressful and

challenging life circumstances. Proactive coping is a specific type of coping that employs futureoriented

strategies to prevent the negative outcomes associated with potential stressors and to see

them as opportunities for personal growth. An individual’s unique set of personality attributes is one

factor that is likely to be associated with their tendency to use proactive coping strategies. With

particular reference to the Five Factor Model of personality1 discuss how personality relates to

proactive coping amongst university students and critically evaluate the research evidence linking

these two constructs.

Starting References

You must locate and read the following journal articles, both of which are available in the library’s

journal database:

Title: Proactive coping and its relation to the Five‐Factor Model of personality

Authors: Erin Hambrick& David McCord

Journal: Individual Differences Research

Details: Published 2010, Vol. 8, Issue No. 2, Pages 67‐77

Title: The role of the Five Factor Model of personality with proactive coping and

preventative coping among college students

Authors: Casey Stroud, Mary McNaughton‐Cassill& Robert Fuhrman

Journal: Personality and Individual Differences

Details: Published 2015, Vol. 83, Pages 60‐64

*****Note that these references are NOT in APA format. One of your tasks in Assignment 1 will be to

create correctly formatted references for the sources you use.*****

1 Search for the paper by McCrae and Costa (1997) and/or read the section on ‘Trait theories’ of

personality in Chapter 11 of your textbook to find out more about this model.

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Requirements and Grading Guide – Assignment 1

In this first assignment you will produce an Annotated Bibliography. It will consist of FOUR references

related to the assignment topic – this includes the TWO starting references plus TWO others you find

yourself through the library. Each reference must be presented in APA 6th format and followed by an

annotation in the form of a 150‐200 word paragraph that briefly describes and critiques the

reference. A video containing instructions on how to write an annotated bibliography has been

provided for you on Blackboard. Examples from previous study periods have also been provided on

Blackboard.

The Assignment 1 submission must contain the following components. For further grading

information see the Marking Rubric for Assignment 1 on page 4.

  1. Assignment Title Page ‐ Mandatory

The title page should include the title of the assignment, your name, your tutor’s name, and

the assignment due date (see page 54 in the Findlay writing psychology book for an example

of what your cover sheet should look like). You also MUST include the following statement

acknowledging your understanding of the University’s assessment policy and procedures:

“I declare that in submitting all work for this assessment I have read, understood and agree to

the content and expectations of the assessment declaration.”

  1. Bibliography

List your four references (the two shown above plus the two you have found yourself) in this

section. Present the references in APA 6th format.

Each reference must be followed by a 150‐200 word annotation (one paragraph) that briefly

describes the aim of the research, the research design (e.g., experiment, review, metaanalysis),

key research findings/outcomes/recommendations, and strengths or limitations of

the research.

Marks are awarded for including four relevant and credible references, adherence to APA 6th

referencing style, as well as the clarity, accuracy, and overall quality of the annotations.

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Marking Rubric for Assignment 1

Your assignment will be assessed using the following marking criteria:

Criteria No pass Pass

50-59%

Credit

60-69%

Distinction

70-79%

High

distinction

80-100%

Relevance of

sources

15%

Did not meet

criteria or less than

four references

provided.

The two additional

references are not

closely related to

the topic. More

research needed.

The two additional

references are

somewhat relevant

to the topic. More

research needed.

The two additional

references are

mostly relevant to

the topic. May need

to do more

research.

The two additional

references are

highly relevant to

the topic.

Credibility of

sources

15%

References are not

from peer‐reviewed

or scholarly

materials.

Only one of the two

additional

references is from a

peer‐reviewed,

scholarly source.

The two additional

references are from

peer‐reviewed,

scholarly materials,

but are not recent

(pre‐2000).

The two additional

references are from

recent (post‐2000)

peer‐reviewed,

scholarly materials.

The two additional

references are from

current (post‐2010),

peer‐reviewed,

scholarly materials.

Annotations

40%

Annotations not

provided or do not

provide sufficient

detail.

Annotations are

either too long or

too short, and are

somewhat accurate

descriptions of the

references. Little

insight into the

strengths and

limitations of the

references is shown.

Annotations are

either too long or

too short, but are

mostly accurate

descriptions of the

reference. Some

insight into the

strengths and

limitations of the

references is shown.

Annotations are

succinct and mostly

accurate

descriptions of the

references, and

show good insight

into the strengths

and limitations of

the references.

Annotations

succinctly and

accurately describe

the references, and

show an advanced

level of insight into

the strengths and

limitations of the

references.

APA 6th formatting

of references

20%

Incorrect

referencing style

used (Harvard,

MLA)

At least one

reference is

presented in correct

APA 6th style, but

the others have

many errors.

Most references are

presented in correct

APA 6th style, but

with several

recurring errors.

All references are

presented in correct

APA 6th style, but

with some errors.

All references are

presented in correct

APA 6th style with

minimal or no

errors.

Language, grammar,

proofing

10%

Spelling and

grammatical errors

distract the reader,

assignment not

proof‐read.

Several spelling and

grammatical errors

present that affect

readability.

Several spelling and

grammatical errors

present, but they do

not greatly affect

readability.

A few spelling and

grammatical errors.

Virtually free of

spelling and

grammatical errors.

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Requirements and Grading Guide – Assignment 2

In this assignment you will write an essay that critically reviews the current research literature on

how personality relates to proactive coping in university students. In the essay you will refer to the

four articles included in your Annotated Bibliography, as well as any others you think would make a

useful contribution to your essay. You should incorporate the feedback you received on Assignment

1 into your essay, particularly the feedback on APA 6th style of referencing, the relevance and

credibility of your references, and any feedback on the annotations associated with each reference. A

video containing instructions on how to write a critical review essay has been provided for you on

Blackboard. Examples from previous study periods have also been provided on Blackboard.

The Assignment 2 submission must contain the following components. For further grading

information see the Marking Rubric for Assignment 2 on page 6.

  1. Assignment Title Page ‐ Mandatory

The title page should include the title of the assignment, your name, your tutor’s name, and

the assignment due date (see page 54 in the Findlay writing psychology book for an example

of what your cover sheet should look like). You also MUST include the following statement

acknowledging your understanding of the University’s assessment policy and procedures:

“I declare that in submitting all work for this assessment I have read, understood and agree to

the content and expectations of the assessment declaration.”

  1. Introduction

The introductory paragraph should broadly outline the topic that will be discussed, explain

why it is an important issue, and provide some idea of what you will discuss and/or argue in

the essay.

  1. Body

The body of the essay should define key concepts, as well as describe and evaluate the

research literature that is relevant to the topic. This is similar to what you did in Assignment

1, however this time you will need to work the research literature into a logical narrative that

helps you to present your perspective on the topic in a coherent manner. Some questions to

help guide you (not presented in order of importance):

What is coping? What is proactive coping? How is it measured?

What is personality? What is the Five Factor Model of personality? How is it

measured?

How is personality related to coping, and proactive coping in particular?

Why is it important to understand how personality relates to coping?

What sorts of stressors are university students exposed to?

What are the practical applications for university students in understanding how

personality relates to coping, and how it relates to proactive coping in particular?

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  1. Conclusion

The concluding paragraph is an integrated summary of your major points and a final

statement of your understanding of what the research literature has to say on this topic. You

should not introduce new material in the conclusion.

  1. Reference list

The Reference list should include all of the research literature you have cited in your essay,

listed in alphabetical order by first author’s surname, and presented in correct APA 6th style.

Marking Rubric for Assignment 2

Your assignment will be assessed using the following marking criteria:

Criteria No pass Pass

50-59%

Credit

60-69%

Distinction

70-79%

High

distinction

80-100%

Introduction

10%

No clear

Introduction.

OK ‐ provides

concise contextual

information but not

completely

accurate; essay

outline is unclear.

Good ‐ provides

concise contextual

information but not

completely

accurate; clear

outline of essay.

Very good ‐

accurate and

concise contextual

information on

topic and clear

outline of essay.

Excellent ‐ accurate

and concise

contextual

information on

topic and clear

outline of essay.

Organisation of

material in body of

essay

25%

Poor organisation of

essay.

Basic organisation –

some errors in

definitions of key

concepts, some

structure but little

evidence of

narrative and logical

progression of

ideas.

Good organisation –

accurate but limited

definitions of key

concepts, clear

structure with some

evidence of

narrative and logical

progression of

ideas.

Very good

organisation ‐

defines key

concepts well, clear

structure with good

narrative and logical

progression of

ideas.

Excellent

organisation ‐

defines key

concepts well, clear

structure with

strong narrative and

logical progression

of ideas.

Evaluation of

material in body of

essay

40%

Research used in

the essay is not

relevant to the

topic.

Basic coverage of

relevant research –

mostly surface level

analyses with little

evidence of critical

evaluation of

research literature.

Good breadth of

coverage of relevant

research. Good but

not overly

sophisticated

evaluation of

research literature.

Very good breadth

of coverage of

relevant research.

Reasonably

sophisticated critical

evaluation of

research literature.

Excellent breadth of

coverage of relevant

research. Advanced

critical evaluation of

research literature.

Conclusion

10%

No clear Conclusion. Provides a basic

summary, but

doesn’t

demonstrate an

overly clear

understanding of

the topic.

Provides a good

summary,

demonstrates

reasonable

understanding of

the topic.

Provides a very

good summary,

demonstrates good

understanding of

the topic.

Provides an

excellent summary,

demonstrates clear

understanding of

the topic.

References

10%

No reference list. Extensive APA style

errors.

Many APA style

errors.

Only a few APA

style errors.

No APA style errors.

Language, grammar,

proofing

5%

Spelling and

grammatical errors

distract the reader,

assignment not

proof‐read.

Several spelling and

grammatical errors

that affect

readability, but

overall meaning is

still reasonably

clear.

Several spelling and

grammatical errors

present, but they do

not greatly affect

readability.

A few spelling and

grammatical errors.

Virtually free of

spelling and

grammatical errors

 

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