Saturday, January 3, 2015

All about that Research Participation (RP)

Greetings! :)
Excuse the title,I keep hearing  All About That Bass everywhere and it's stuck in my head.

Just occurred to me that I haven't mentioned anything about RP. -Gasps-  How could I have left out such an important thing, especially as a psych student. Tsk tsk. I remembered how I had no idea what RP was about when I first heard about it, and I was flustered cause everyone else seemed to know what they were supposed to do. Anyway, here is my own opinion on RP. :) 

Here's the official link that gives a brief intro of what RP is about :

Basically, RP is necessary for those taking PL1101E and PL2131. You have to collect 12 points each per mod (6 hours) , and if you take 2 mods in the same sem, you have to collect 24 points. (23.5 points is also acceptable). As for those taking GEK1064, 6 RP points are needed (3 hours). The duration of the RP varies from one RP to another, and you have to find empty slots in your timetable to attend these RPs.

The RPs avail for signing up will be posted up on the RP Programme Page (Here's the link, but you can only log in with access. You will know when access has been granted to you when an email is sent to) . My advice is to check this page daily (Personally, being kiasu, I will check the page when I'm free. I can check the page up to 5 times per day hahaha). This is because slots are limited, and we all know fastest fingers win. It will be easier if you have a group of friends who are also required to participate in RP, so everyone can help update each other! :)

Do not fret though, if you didn't manage to get a slot. The list of RPs will constantly get updated! RPs can range from just doing a quick questionnaire (click, click, click) to activities involving simple movements. Some are quite fun whereas some can be..let's just put it at less engaging yea? 

Below are some screengrabs from my own RP page. 

An email will be sent a few days prior to the RP, so do take note of the time and not be late! Certain organizers for the RP are very strict about timing, and you might not be able to enter. This means that you will lose the points that would have been allocated to you if you had completed that particular RP. I'm not too sure about this, but I heard that if you are disallowed from entering the RP venue due to reasons such as being late, the status listed beside this particular RP will be "incomplete". The system will then not allow you to complete another RP as it will have recorded that you have already met the minimum number of points required.

If you realised that you will not be able to make it for the time slot you have signed up for earlier, you can cancel it without any implications. However, you must do so at least 24 hours before the day itself. 

So after all this rambling about RP, you might wonder so what are the consequences of not completing the min number of points required? I did my research previously, but I can't seem to find the details anymore. The gist is that, marks will be deducted from your final total marks (ie including assignments and papers). If I do not remember wrongly, 0.5 marks will be deducted for every lack of 1 point?  I'm not too sure about this, please do not quote me! Do email the coordinator in charge if you have any queries!

In conclusion, just complete the RP ASAP! So that you do not have to constantly worry about it. :)

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