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For Part 1 of TMA 02, you are required to answer a series of questions concerning when and how to reference. You will also be asked to write some references using the OU Harvard style.
Before you begin you should make sure that you have completed Online Activity 6.3:Referencing (Part 1) – Why reference? and Online Activity 7.3: Referencing (Part 2) – How to reference. These activities explain in detail why it is important to reference and provide the necessary preparation for Part 1 of TMA 02.
Further resources for this part of the assignment include:
For questions 6–8, you should state in a single sentence what is wrong with, or missing from, the in-text reference and then reproduce the sentence, with the correct format of the in-text reference.
The idea of five factors of personality was postulated by Goldberg (2012, p. 21).
In experiments the design can be either within-participants or between-participants (InvestigatingMethods, p. 98).
Personality can change in relation to different contexts and environments. Is personality fixed?(Part 2) (Robinson, 2014, video).
For questions 9 and 10, you should state in a single sentence what is wrong with, or missing from, the reference and then write the correct version of the reference, as it would be included in a reference list.
Byford, J. (2014) Investigating Methods, Milton Keynes, The Open University, pp. 47–82.
The Open University (2014) ‘Big Five’ (Video), DE100 Investigating Psychology 1. Available at the OU website (Accessed date).
Outline the similarities and differences between Milgram’s (1963) and Slater et al.’s (2006) studies on obedience.
70 per cent of the mark
Word limit: 1000 words
You are asked to ‘outline the similarities and differences between Milgram’s (1963) and Slater et al.’s (2006) studies on obedience’ in a 1000-word essay.
Specifically, you need to identify the similarities and differences between two different studies on obedience.
Before you start work on your essay, the first thing you need to do is make sure you understand exactly what the question requires, which means identifying and understanding the process and content words.
There is one process word: ‘outline’ (which means to convey the main points). In this case you need to outline the main points of similarity and difference between Milgram’s (1963) and Slater et al.’s (2006) studies on obedience.
The content words are ‘similarities and differences between Milgram’s (1963) and Slater et al.’s (2006) studies on obedience’. This means that the essay should specifically focus on these two studies, which you encountered in Chapter 2 of Investigating Psychology.
The content words specify that the focus is ‘similarities and differences between Milgram’s (1963) and Slater et al.’s (2006) studies on obedience’, so for this essay you only need to include material that relates to these two studies. There is a great deal of material available to you for this essay; therefore, you will need to be selective in what you choose to include and keep your focus firmly on the topic of the question: the similarities and differences between the two studies.
Having worked through the online activities, and having identified the process and content words in the essay, the first step in beginning to answer the question is to select the material that you will use in your essay. This means identifying and making notes about some similarities and differences in the studies by Milgram (1963) and Slater et al. (2006) that you identified while reading the relevant material. It is a good idea to create an essay plan in order to help organise the points that you may wish to make into a logical structure and think about ‘the story’ of the essay in terms of how it begins, proceeds through the points and then ends. In essence, an essay plan helps you to work out what you want to say and what order to say it in, so that a reader can see clearly how you have addressed the question.
For this essay you must discuss both similarities and differences. Note, there is no need to have equal numbers of each. However, you should provide a balanced argument and therefore you must address both. If you find the task difficult, start by asking yourself the following: