This assignment is designed to encourage students to think about one specific topic in psychology. Your final assignment consists of three parts. You must complete each part to receive a final grade on this assignment.
Part One – Due: October 12th, 2017
Students will select a topic in psychology that they would like to examine in greater depth. The selection of topics is almost endless, so be creative and select something that is interesting or meaningful to you. Students should write a description of their topic (approximately 500 words) and list a minimum of 3 resources that they intend to use for their assignment, including ONE refereed journal article. Your description should answer the following questions:
What is your topic?
Why did you select this topic?
What are some things that you would like to learn in your research?
Where will you find your information?
Part Two – Due: November 16th, 2017
Students will write a paper that discusses their research. All papers must be double-spaced and have 1 inch margins. Papers should be 5 to 8 pages in length not including references and appendices. At least one reference for your paper must come from a refereed journal. Other resources might include textbooks, popular literature, newspaper, magazine articles, and experts in the field. A suggested format for the paper is:
- Introduction to your topic
- Summary of your research
- Analysis of key findings
Final papers are due on or before Wednesday, December 7th. Papers will be submitted online through Turnitin. NO LATE PAPERS WILL BE ACCEPTED EXCEPT IN CASES OF EMERGENCY OR ILLNESS.
Part Three – November 16th, 2017
Students will present their findings to their classmates in a roundtable presentation.
.Rubric for Written Submission:
This paper comprises 10% of your final grade.
|CATEGORY||50% – 59%||60% – 69%||70% – 79%||80% – 100%|
|CONTENT||Demonstrates limited knowledge and/or understanding of concept. Limited or incomplete summary and analysis of event.||Demonstrates some knowledge and/or understanding of concept. Somewhat detailed summary and analysis of event but lacks specific details to support reader’s understanding.||Demonstrates considerable knowledge and/or understanding of concept. Detailed summary and analysis of event||Demonstrates a thorough knowledge and/or understanding of concept. Highly detailed summary and analysis of event.|
|RESEARCH||Little or no research concepts to support the topic of the event. Makes limited attempts to use academic referencing
Several major errors in spelling and/or grammar
|Research concepts somewhat supported the topic of the event, but the reader had to make their own connections. Sometimes uses appropriate academic referencing.
Several minor errors in spelling and/or grammar
|Research concepts supported the topic of the event in a straightforward manner. Usually uses appropriate academic referencing
Few minor errors in spelling and/or grammar
|Research concepts supported the topic of the event in creative ways and provided opportunities to extend concepts. Consistently uses appropriate academic referencing.
No errors in spelling and/or grammar
|WRITING STYLE||Writing is limited in communicating knowledge. Length is not adequate for development.||Writes related, quality paragraphs, with
little or no details.
|Writing is purposeful and
focused. Piece contains some details.
|Writing is confident
and clearly focused. It holds the reader’s attention.
Relevant details enrich writing.
|PLANNING OUTLINE FOR EVENT||Outline lacked clarity and was difficult for the reader to understand, and was not submitted on time.||Outline lacked clarity and was difficult for the reader to understand, but was submitted on time.||Outline was mostly clear and accurate. Submitted on time.||Outline was clear, accurate and submitted on time.|