GROUP ONLINE PROJECT ASSESSMENT TASK


Requirement:
You will work in a group of three or four students to identify an online media item (such as a YouTube video) in the area of neuroscience. As a group you will prepare a web page detailing the neuroscientific context, and evaluating the quality of information in the media item.

Contribution to assessment:
The group project will contribute 15% to your final mark for the course.

Due date:
You must form your group and submit your topic to Dr Vickery for approval by Monday, August 9 at midnight.
The final project must be submitted by Wednesday, September 15 at midnight.
Projects submitted after this time will lose 5% per day or part thereof. Projects can be submitted any time before the deadline.

How to submit:
Project Approval: Post your group members' names and student numbers together with a link to the online media item you propose to use to the Project Proposal discussion in the wiki at http://neur2201.unsw.wikispaces.net/. Dr Vickery will consider & approve the topic within the week.

Final Project: You must create your project with the UNSW wikispaces site for NEUR2201. You must finish editing by the due date. Within the constratints of the site, you have freedom over how to lay out your project.

Contact Richard.Vickery@unsw.edu.au if you have any problems.

Format:
Word limit: 2500 words, excluding tables, figures and legends, references, and appendix.
You must create a wiki entry that:
1. introduces the online media item that you have chosen;
2. explains the neuroscientific context of the item;
3. analyses the quality of information in the media item;
4. includes an appendix that details the search strategy by which you identified your resource.
The web page/s will be built inside UNSW wiki spaces at http://neur2201.unsw.wikispaces.net/

The Introduction should briefly explain the nature of the media item that you have chosen (clinical case, research data, documentary excerpt etc) and why it is of interest.
The neuroscientific context is where you provide the neuroscientific background to appreciate the media item by summarizing the state of current knowledge relevant to the item.
In the analysis section you should identify the target audience of the media item, determine whether the information is pitched appropriately and in an unbiased manner, and then finally assess the quality of information in the item, especially as to whether it is in accord with accepted current understanding in neuroscience.
The appendix should explain your search and selection.

Marking:
Introduction: 15%; Neuroscientific Context: 40%; Analysis: 40%; Search Strategy: 5%.

The mark for the Introduction is based on the interest and appropriateness of the selected media item, and the rationale you provide for studying that item.
The mark for Neuroscientific Context is based on you demonstrating your ability to identify the key aspects of the media item to explore, and your ability to provide a concise and up-to-date summary of the relevant areas of neuroscience. It is acceptable to limit the scope to only one or two areas of those addressed in your media item. This section should show evidence of independent research.
The mark for Analysis is based on you demonstrating an understanding of the intention of the media item and identifying its likey target audience. You must then demonstrate an ability to critically analyse the media item for the extent to which the simplifications required to deliver the message compromise the veracity of the message.
The mark for the Appendix is based on a demonstration of your ability to use search engines, and a clear outline of the basis for selecting your media item.

In all aspects we are looking for clarity of thinking (logical consistency, thoroughness) and clarity of expression (clear sequencing and presentation of information).

Group Contributions:
All members of the group are required to demonstrate a minimum level of contribution to the project. The minimum level of participation is:
• editing the wiki on at least two occasions
• editing the wiki over more than a one week period (i.e not just on the last day)
• commenting on your editing activities in the history page of the wiki
• contributing to the discussion of the topic on the wiki discussion pages
Subject to demonstrating the minimum level of contribution, each group member will receive the same mark for the project. Students failing to meet the minimum contribution level will have their mark set as a fraction of the group mark, the fraction to be determined by the convener and the other group members.