Assessment TaskThis is an individual assignment which requires students to submit an essay which discusses characters

| April 14, 2018

Assessment Task
This is an individual assignment which requires students to submit an essay which discusses characters (infant and caregiver / caregivers) from a movie (to be shown in class) through the lens of attachment theory. The essay is worth 50% of the module marks.  It is important that students demonstrate ability to discuss the characters and their behaviour in the context of attachment theory with reference to the strengths and weaknesses of current knowledge and research. There is also scope for students to apply other relevant theory, concepts and topics such as the nature / nurture debate, developmental milestones, and learning and cognitive development theory.  

Rather than focusing on summarising the characters’ roles in the movie, students should use the characters as a ‘vehicle’ to discuss attachment theory and other developmental theory and research.  A strong essay will:
i.    show an ability to apply relevant theory / research to the characters being examined.
ii.    examine the quality of care delivered to the infant in relation to the relevant attachment theory and research
iii.    provide an argument / report that is based in the literature

A marking sheet will be uploaded to moodle to indicate allocation of marks.

Assessment criteria
1.    Students should discuss major concepts within developmental psychology, including attachment
2.    The essay should discuss the character / characters in relation to these aspects of development and should avoid giving a general summary of what happened in the movie

General Requirements for Students:
1. A proportion of assessment marks is allocated to presentation. All assignments must be word-processed, with word count noted unless otherwise stated by the lecturer.
2. Where a hardcopy submission is required, an Assignment Submission Form must be securely attached to each submission.
3. All assignments must be submitted no later than the stated deadline.
O Assignments submitted after the latest deadline (date and time) specified, including any extension, are deemed to be ‘late’ and are penalised, as follows:
Where the assignment is submitted not more than seven working days after the latest specified date, the mark awarded to the assignment is reduced by 25%.
Where the assignment is submitted more than seven working days after the latest specified date, it is awarded a mark of zero
Where the assessment is undertaken in a group, the piece of work should be submitted in its complete entirety, and any penalty for late submission incurred applies to all group members.
4. All relevant provisions of the Assessment Regulations must be complied with.
5. Extensions to assignment submission deadlines will be not be granted, other than in exceptional circumstances. To apply for an extension please go to and download the Assignment Extension Request Form.  Once completed this form should then be returned to your programme leader for approval.
6. Students are required to retain a copy of each assignment submitted, and the submission receipt (If a physical submission is required) until the issuing of a transcript indicating the mark awarded.
7. Assignments must be appropriately packaged and presented.
8. Where a submission involves digital media, it is the submitting students’ responsibility to ensure the media is appropriately labelled, fully working and they must retain a copy.
9. Assignments that breach the word count requirements will be penalised.  There is a 10% discretion, either way, applicable in terms of word count.
10. Students are required to refer to the assessment regulations in their Student Guides and on the Student Website.
11. Dublin Business School penalises students who engage in academic impropriety (i.e. plagiarism, collusion and/or copying).
12. To prevent plagiarism please follow this link to the APA Style Referencing Guide – all referencing is required in this format. 
(Guide on referencing is also available under DBS library guides at
13. In relation to electronic submissions:
A. All assignments should be submitted to your subject/course page on Moodle by the deadline date.
B. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure their file is uploaded correctly.
C. When an assignment is submitted, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the file is in the correct format and opens correctly.
D. When you submit your assignment you will be asked to click on a button which will declare the following:
By submitting this assignment I confirm that I am aware of DBS’s policy regarding cheating, plagiarism and all other forms of academic impropriety.  The coursework submitted is my own or my group’s work, and all other sources consulted have been appropriately acknowledged.   I am aware that in the case of doubt an investigation will be held.
E.Include an electronic cover sheet with the following details to the front of the assignment:

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