Personality and Coping

Assignment Requirements

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.

 

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