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Describe and evaluate the role of the amygdala in aggression

1500 words

You are required to review current research on ONE of the following topics. Select one of these topics and write a Literature Review (1500 words) on it.

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The literature review must provide:

1. An overview of the current understanding around the selected area including defining key areas of focus and research investigation, highlighting major theories and findings and drawing attention to any relevant and current issues in the area.

2. A comprehensive critique of the literature that includes a critical analysis of the research findings and broader knowledge base investigated ensuring the strengths, highlights, contradictions and shortcomings are explored across research findings and theoretical propositions and a synthesis of ideas is achieved in the research and knowledge base explored in a way that offers a comprehensive concluding summary of the literature.

refer to the assessment guide on the following page to gain an overview of the grading expectations for each component of the assignment.
Assessment Criteria: Literature Review

High Distinction
100-85% Distinction
84-75% Credit
74-65% Pass
64-50% Fail
below 50%
Evidence the feedback on writing style and APA formatting from Assignment 1 has been incorporated appropriately

10% The relevant feedback from Assignment 1 is incorporated appropriately in this essay, and there is evidence of independent improvement relevant to growing knowledge and understanding. All relevant feedback from Assignment 1 is incorporated appropriately in this essay. Most relevant feedback from Assignment 1 is incorporated appropriately in this essay. There is an attempt to incorporate feedback from Assignment 1 into this essay. Feedback given from Assignment 1 has not been incorporated into this essay.
Introduction
10% Student accurately defines key terms, provides a coherent and concise summary of the intention of the essay, and introduces a creative angle on an original topic. Student accurately defines key terms and provides a coherent and concise summary of the intention of the essay. Topic chosen and approach to topic is consistent with that of the literature read. Student defines key terms, what they have said is accurate but the student has missed some vital elements of the definition. A coherent summary of the intention of the essay is provided. Student attempts to define key terms but some of the information is inaccurate. Student provides a summary of the intention of the essay but it is not entirely coherent. Student does not define key terms accurately – has either misunderstood all terms or has not included this section. The intention of the essay is not addressed.
Understanding of literature and quality of references consulted
35% Student demonstrates a thorough grasp of the literature and adds a unique synthesis by drawing upon a wide range of individually sourced references from good quality sources e.g. recent peer-reviewed journal articles. Student demonstrates a thorough grasp of the literature which is consistent with the required reading and some individually sourced references from good quality sources e.g. recent peer-reviewed journal articles. Student demonstrates a good grasp of the literature which is consistent with the required reading but lacks synthesis of ideas and / or individually sourced references and / or includes some references from unreliable sources. Student demonstrates some understanding of the required readings but has misunderstood / misapplied some concepts and / or failed to include any individually sourced references or all references are from unreliable sources. Student has misunderstood required reading and failed to draw upon any individually sourced references.

Critical thinking
25% Student provides sophisticated and insightful analysis of and reflection on major theories and research methods from the literature and their practical implications. Student also develops a unique and coherent argument which highlights the interrelatedness of theory, research and practice. Student provides coherent and effective analysis of major theories and research methods from the literature and their practical implications which is consistent with critique across the literature. Student also develops an argument which highlights the interrelatedness of theory, research and practice.
Student provides analysis of major theories and research methods from the literature and their practical implications which is consistent with critique in the required reading. However, there are some places where the argument is not coherent and / or directly relevant to the chosen essay topic.
Student provides some analysis of theory / research / practice but most of what is said is not relevant or has not been related coherently to the chosen essay topic.
Student provides no analysis of theory / research / practice and argument made is not relevant or has not been related coherently to the chosen essay topic.

Conclusion
10% The conclusion is an excellent summary of the essay content with originality and creativity. The conclusion summarises the content of the essay effectively and coherently. The conclusion summarises the content of the essay but has missed some vital points.
Provides a reasonable conclusion but has missed some vital points and / or a new point which was not covered in the essay content has been introduced. No conclusion included or incoherent conclusion or conclusion inconsistent with argument made.
APA style and format
10% All correct APA style conventions applied to in-text citations, quotations, references and format with no mistakes Nearly all correct APA style conventions applied to in-text citations, quotations, references and format but includes a few minor mistakes. Student has demonstrated mostly correct APA style conventions applied to in-text citations, quotations, references and format but makes several key errors. Student has demonstrated some correct APA style conventions but makes multiple errors. Unsatisfactory. 70% or above of APA style conventions are incorrect.

 


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