General Assignment Requirements
Students engaging in graduate studies are held to rigorous standards. Graduate students are expected to exhibit advanced level critical thinking, ability to synthesize multiple sources of information, high caliber writing skills and academic integrity in all course activities. All paper assignments must follow the citation and reference rules established by the American Psychological Association (APA). With the occasional exception of necessary brief quotes of specific statistical research findings or terminology used to describe research models or psychological constructs, in which case the author and publication still must be properly source credited and the quoted materials must be used very sparingly (one or two sentences per assignment) and placed inside quotation marks, all written work must be paraphrased (summarized in the student’s own words) with proper source citations.
When reporting on what one reads in any published source, including the course text, providing the source(s) used is required. Failure to do so in both the body of and in a References list attached to the end of the assignment submission and to properly quote very sparingly used verbatim content constitutes plagiarism. Any instance of plagiarism, regardless of intent, will result in an assignment score of zero with no option for revision and resubmission for the first incident and course failure for any additional incidents. The website http://owlenglish.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ is an excellent, easy to understand resource for APA style formatting and source citation.
Scholarly material must be used for completion of paper (non-forum) assignments. Unless instructed to do so for specific assignments, students may not use commercial websites as the basis for completion of course work. Encyclopedia websites, such as Wikipedia or Encarta, dictionaries, About.com and other article summary sites, blogs or opinion slanted news media outlets may not be used for any writing assignment.
FORUMS: Due each week of the course
This course includes weekly forums requiring participation in interactive dialogs about courserelevant topics. Forums are graded discussion with both general posting and topic specific
ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY: Due Week 3
Includes a cover page, a thesis statement, and an APA formatted listing of 8-12 articles to be used in the Case Study Analysis. Each article entry should have include a brief summary of the article and some critical analysis about its findings (to be written in your own words—copying or paraphrasing the article abstract is not permitted). Each article must be evidence-based - meaning each is a report of findings arising from experimental research conducted by the article author[s] and not opinion articles or publications summarizing multiple research studies - peer-reviewed, and retrieved from the APUS online library. You must attach your bibliography document as well as PDFs of the articles you are reviewing in the assignment tab.
EXAMS: Due Weeks 4 and 8
This course includes two open-book, non-proctored, untimed essay examinations, a midterm exam covering the first four weeks of the course and a final exam covering Weeks 5 through 8.
* Both exams and complete instructions are located in the classroom Assignments screen.
CASE STUDY ANALYSIS: Due Week 7
This course includes a Case Study Analysis, an assignment that involves reading and conceptualizing a clinically based case, using information from the course text and published scholarly literature. The Case Study Analysis is completed in three phases which include (1) selection of a case (from the supplied list) and submission of a relevant area of interest from the scholarly literature for instructor review and approval (due by end of Week 1); an annotated bibliography (due by end of Week 3); and the final case analysis (due by end of Week 7).