(Original post by sammy-lou)
OK, so practical applications come under the evaluation marks (description - 4 marks, evaluation - 8 marks). Here's an example I found which might help explain:
"discuss how the biological perspective helps psychologists understand human behaviour. In your answer, refer to at least two topics that you have studied"
So start by doing your basic description of the biological approach (include the assumptions - genes, evolution, hormones, brain structure etc. only needs to be brief). Then I'd mention a study or two IN RELATION TO the topics, so you could do schizophrenia and one other, whatever your comfortable with.
Your practical applications will come in to it around here, where you talk about how the biological approach has helped treat people with Schizophrenia. I didn't study Schizophrenia myself so can't give you any examples - I assume drug treatments would come in to it somewhere? So bring in whatever you know about drug treatments in connection to Schizophrenia. Remember to describe it briefly (still counts as AO2) and also evaluate it, e.g. you could talk about addiction, side effects etc. You could, if you want, briefly compare it to a different treatment for Schizophrenia e.g. cognitive/behavioural?
Practical applications will always include treatments.
Other examples of practical applications, not linked to the example of Schizophrenia, might be:
-Token economies (behaviourist) in treating criminal offenders in prisons
-systematic desensitisation for phobias
-dream therapy/free association for phobias (psychodynamic).
When you mention practical applications, you don't just want to list. Remember to evaluate the practical application, be as detailed as you can in the time allowed.
analytic description is your AO1. ignore the word analytic if that is confusing you. it just means describing the assumptions of the approach.
evaluation is your AO2 - strengths, weaknesses, practical applications, supporting (or contrary) studies.