Course PSYC044U (Psychobiology II.)WEEK 13


The examination is on Friday, June 8th 2007 (10.00 am – 12.00 pm).






  1. check exact wording of questions BUT do not get too obsessed with it – the questions will be related to the syllabus.
  2. There is no one “Correct answer” — several ways of answering the questions may be equally appropriate. Make the conclusion a summary of your own answer to the question.
  3. It is sometimes possible to make connections across areas.
  4. if “Consider” or “Discuss” or “Evaluate” these not only allow you to air theoretical issues, they instruct you to do so.
  5. Allow equal time to the two questions. There is never time to put in all the possible relevant material (although there may be time to put in all the material you can remember on the day. The structure of the essay and the answer to the question is more important than a little extra material

    Some people don’t have enough material, but many people will have to be selective, or condense a lot of material. Allude to material without going into detail, in such a way that the examiner is impressed
  6. NEVER write last para about how you’ve run out of time
  7. it may be worth using note or outline form if pushed for time — or Headings- sometimes people have very good but crossed out notes at the beginning. It is safest not to cross them out at least until the end of the exam. If notes are on a different sheet they can be more easily be lost
  8. But it is usually better not to use can’t, doesn't and so on.
  9. Questions are distributed over the lecture programme. But not all questions have the same number of lectures apply to them.
  10. Handouts that go with the lectures should by and large be of relevance to the exam questions.
  11. As a general rule, in psychology essays, it is worth using name and date references, like Tolman (1932), using the same format as found in textbooks such as Lieberman (2000) and Gleitman et al. (1999).
  12. It is better if the names, and the dates, are correct. But, again as a general rule, is is better to use names and dates that are only approximately correct than to have no names and dates at all.
  13. Classic references, such as Harlow (1958), are useful, but adding additional more recent references (e.g. Maestripieri, 2001) is likely to gain extra credit.