A research paper is due week 9 (note this is a change from the course syllabus) of the module.
Students are required to write at least 2200 words research paper, written in APA style. Students are required to use at least 4 professional references (not Wikipedia, about.com, etc), related to one of these topics:
· Marriage & divorce from a Christian World View perspective
· Characteristics of a strong Christian marriage
· Dating and courtship in preparation for marriage
· Christian counseling skills and marital interventions
· God’s original design for marriage and family
· Types of love and the basis for love.
· Christian marriage and conflict resolution skills
WRITING THE RESEARCH PAPER
1. Must be at least 2200 words in length.
2. Must have a cover page that includes the following:
a. Title of paper
b. Adult learner’s name
c. Module name and number
d. Facilitator’s name
e. Date submitted
3. Must include an introductory paragraph with a succinct problem statement.
4. The body of the paper must include the following:
a. Three to four specific academic concepts applied from the module to the topic or problem addressed.
b. Each concept must be addressed in the following way:
i. Reference academic literature gleaned from classroom assignments or reading in related journals or books during the course of this module. Use American Psychological Association, 6th ed. (2010) for references and citations.
ii. Describe an experience where adult learner observed a problem or issue and relate this
topic to academic concepts demonstrated in a business or workplace environment.
iii. Readdress the concept and the experience with critical thought. Following the process
of causes and possible solutions or improvements to the stated problem or issue. How
could someone respond to the problem by applying lessons learned from experts cited
in the paper and from their own analysis?
5. The paper must conclude with a re-statement of the problem statement and a conclusion paragraph.
6. The final page must be a Reference Page that is completed according to American Psychological Association 6th ed. (2010).
Bachelor of Psychology Degree 9
Follow this Outline:
Reason for Selection of this Topic
Summary of Current Research (include 4 professional references)
Application of Research to Marriage and Family (Main Body of Paper)
Application to your Personal Life
Integration of Faith & Learning
SUMMARY PAPER GRADING METHOD
A The paper is clear, engaging, original, and focused; ideas and content are richly developed with details and examples. Organization and form enhance the central idea and theme; ideas are presented coherently to move the reader through the text. The voice of the writer is compelling and conveys the writer’s meaning through effective sentence structure and precise word choices. The adult learner successfully moves the paper through academic constructs and experiential documentation to critical analysis. The paper demonstrates a clear balance of these three components.
B The paper is reasonably clear, focused, and well supported; ideas are adequately developed through details and examples. Organization and form are appropriate, and ideas are generally presented coherently.
The voice of the writer contributes to the writer’s meaning through appropriate and varied sentence structure and word choices. Surface features do not interfere with understanding or distract from meaning. The adult learner has clearly brought the reader through properly cited academic constructs and experiential documentation, but has not fully developed the area of critical analysis.
C The paper has some focus and support; ideas and content may be developed with limited details and examples. The writing may be somewhat disorganized or too obviously structured. The voice of the writer is generally absent; basic sentence structure and limited vocabulary convey a simple message. Surface feature errors may reduce understanding and interfere with meaning. The content areas of academic constructs are limited, and large generalizations are made. Critical analysis is all but absent from the paper.
D (incomplete) The paper has little focus and development; ideas and content are supported by few details and examples. There is little discernible shape and no direction. The writer’s tone is flat. Awkward sentence structure and inadequate vocabulary interfere with understanding. Limited control of surface features makes paper difficult to read. Demonstrated critical analysis is absent, and often long portions of the paper are given to rambling of life experience without academic context. References from related professional literature are missing.