For our Final Paper Assignment, you must first select at least one of the major topics (i.e., chapters) in Psychology (e.g., Chapter 6: Learning). Once you’ve selected a topic, you can begin writing your paper. In addition to an introduction and conclusion, your paper will contain two major sections: A teach section and an application section (worth 10 points each; 20 points total).
TEACH SECTION: In the first part of your paper, you will teach the topic to me by discussing the related terms, concepts, and theories. Pretend that I know nothing about the topic, and therefore, you need to teach it to me by fully describing the related terms, concepts, and theories. This can be considered the “research” part of your paper and will require you to seek out additional sources of information and to cite those sources appropriately.
APPLICATION SECTION: In the second part of your paper, you must apply the terms, concepts, and theories you taught me to real-world situations and people. In short, you should tell a story (or stories) that apply the terms, concepts, and theories from the topic you selected. You can apply the information to your own past experience, that of a family member or friend, or you can create fictional people that go through hypothetical situations. This can be considered the “reflection” part of your paper and will require you to produce original examples of the psychological concepts in action.
Your paper MUST be typed, double-spaced, and contain A MINIMUM of 2,000 words (this equates to roughly eight double-spaced pages). Your paper will be graded using the following rubric:
(0 to 3 points)
(4 to 6 points)
(7 to 8 points)
(9 to 10 points)
Absence or misunderstanding of terms, concepts, and theories
Minimal use and understanding of terms, concepts, and theories
Moderate use and understanding of terms, concepts, and theories
Complete use and understanding of terms, concepts, and theories
Absence or misunderstanding of how the material can be applied
Minimal understanding of how the material can be applied
Moderate understanding of how the material can be applied
understanding of how the material can be applied
Additionally, you will be graded five points on your basic writing mechanics, structural organization, and clarity of writing. Altogether, this Final Paper Assignment is worth 25 points (i.e., 25% of your grade).
For the teach section, you should find at least three additional resources (other than our online text) to supplement your understanding (and therefore your teaching) of the topic. Your paper will be submitted through TurnItIn which will check it for instances of plagiarism, so PLEASE be sure to cite the source of all unoriginal information that you share. You should use this Google Doc as a template for APA style.
For the application section, you must produce original applications, so you should not be citing others’ work. For example, you SHOULD NOT write about Pavlov’s Dog to apply Classical Conditioning. Instead, this discussion would fit well under the teach section where you discuss the terms and concepts from the topic. Make sure your applications are YOUR APPLICATIONS and not someone else’s.
Here is a list of the major reasons students lose points on their Final Paper Assignment:
They plagiarize. They do not cite their sources and therefore pass others’ ideas off as their own.
They overuse other authors’ exact words. Even if cited, it’s hard for me to assess your understanding of the material if much of your paper is just a copy/pasting of others’ work.
They did not cover enough content. I’m expecting a MINIMUM of 2,000 words. Students with perfect scores tend to submit papers that are around 2,500+ words.
They do not successfully teach the terms, concepts, and theories from the topic. There’s too much general reflection of ideas without enough connection to the actual material.
They do not successfully apply the terms, concepts, and theories from the topic. They either do not apply the terms and concepts that were taught in the first part of the paper, or, they produce unoriginal applications.
They submit a paper that lacks structure and doesn’t flow well. There’s no formal introduction or conclusion, or the ideas are all over the place and don’t follow a connected stream of thought.
I strongly recommend that you follow these steps in writing your paper: 1) Pick a topic, 2) Make an outline, 3) Write the teach section, 4) Write the application section, 5) Write your introduction and conclusion, 6) Proofread and revise, 7) PROOFREAD AND REVISE AGAIN, 8) Submit.
A space will become available under Week 16 where you will upload this assignment. You MUST upload either a Microsoft Word .docx or a .pdf file to ensure that the system can process your paper. If working in Google Docs (or some other word processor), PLEASE be sure to download/save as a .docx or .pdf before submitting.
This Final Paper Assignment is due by the end of the day on Sunday, May 15, 2022. Please be sure to submit your paper on time, otherwise, I may need to submit your final grade to the college without your final paper score.