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Lecture: Critique Assignment Instructions
The purpose of the Lecture: Critique Assignment is for you to explore lecture techniques and strategies by watching another professor give a lecture. For the Lecture: Critique Assignment, you will be watching one YouTube video of an undergraduate psychology lecture from the list of approved YouTube psychology lectures that can be found on the Lecture: Critique Assignment page under
Lecture: Critique Resources.
[PSYC200] 23. Psychological Disorders Part 1: Introduction – YouTube
1. Introduction – YouTube
Psychology 9C/Psychology & Behavior 11C. Lec 1: Introduction to Psychology – YouTube
Lec 17 | MIT 9.00SC Introduction to Psychology, Spring 2011 – YouTube
Behavioral Neuroscience Lab, Lec 1, Psychology 116, UCLA – YouTube
The videos are roughly 29 to 35 minutes long and your video choice must be watched in its entirety. It may be helpful to take notes on the assignment components provided below while watching the video.
After viewing the lecture, you will write a 3 page paper about the lecture. Your paper should include two main sections: a descriptive summary and a critique. The required details in these sections are outlined below. Your paper should be organized as follows:
1. Summary – Your summary must include the following details in clearly identified sections (using current APA-style headings):
Professor’s appearance – Comment on the appropriateness of the professor’s look, dress, grooming level, etc.
Oral communication – Include a description of how well you believe the professor communicated information orally. Details may include things like tone of voice, use of inflections, speech volume and speed, etc.
Physical presence – Comment on how the professor commanded the room. Details may include things like movement (i.e., did he move around or stay stationary), positioning (i.e., did he stand behind a podium or table, was he centered in the class or off to the side), use of gestures, eye contact, etc.
Lecture organization/Technology use – Was the lecture well-organized and easy to follow? Did the professor use any technology (e.g., lecture slides) to help guide the information?
Confidence and knowledge – Did the professor seem comfortable or nervous? Did the professor seem to have mastery of the content he was teaching? Did he come off as an authority on the subject?
Student interactions – Did the professor elicit any sort of response/questions/interactions from the students and if so, how? How did the professor respond to any student questions or concerns?
Activities/demonstrations – What techniques, if any, did the professor use to maintain student interest and make learning more active? Details may include things like the use of examples, demonstrations, active learning exercises, humor, multimedia, etc.
2. Critique – Your critique must include the following details:
Strengths – Describe at least two strengths of the professor/lecture. What did he do well?
Weaknesses – Describe at least two points of constructive criticism for the professor/lecture. In what areas could he have improved? What might you have done differently?
Research integration – Support your discussion of strengths/criticisms with research. You must use and cite:
A module reading (textbook or article)
An outside scholarly source (academic books and peer-reviewed articles only)
Additional assignment requirements include:
Your paper must be 3 pages (double-spaced) in current APA format. You must include an APA-style title page and reference page, but these are not included in the length requirement.
First person is allowed for this assignment.
Your paper must be submitted as a Word document.
Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.
Bernstein, D. A., Frantz, S., & Chew, S. (2020). Teaching psychology: A step-by-step guide (3rd ed.). Routledge.