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PSY 496 Week 1 Assignment Foundations for the Final Paper
Foundations for the Final Paper

 

For this assignment, submit a three-to four-page document (including title and reference pages) that includes the following:

 

Topic: Decide upon a topic in psychology that you will address in your Final Paper. Ideally, your professional paper should integrate at least two to three aspects or areas of psychology that are particularly intriguing to you. Spend time reviewing professional psychology literature to further familiarize yourself with your topic and generate a thesis statement.

 

Preapproved topics include:
1. Does watching violence on television make people more violent?
2. Do nonhumans use language?
3. Are intelligence tests unfairly biased against certain groups?
4. Does day care harm the emotional development of infants?
5. Are personality traits inherited?
6. Are all forms of therapy equally effective?
7. Is ethnic prejudice too ingrained to ever be eliminated?
8. Do violent video games make people more aggressive?
9. Is job satisfaction genetic?
10. Are our dreams an indication of our unconscious conflicts and desires?
11. Is psychotherapy more beneficial than psychiatric medication?
12. What is personality, and how is it measured?

 

If you do not choose one of the preapproved topics, your topic must be approved by your instructor.

 

Thesis Statement: Generate a thesis statement for your topic. Your thesis statement must clearly indicate the purpose of the paper.

 

For example: The purpose of this paper is to examine the similarities and differences between cognitive therapy and behavior therapy.

 

  For help with developing and writing your thesis statement, please visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab website.

 

Outline: Your outline will aid you in the process of writing by helping you to organize your ideas and to present your material in a logical form. Your outline should include a list of the key points and elements you want to include in your paper. See an example of an outline below based on the thesis statement above:
1. Cognitive and Behavior Therapy: Similarities and Differences
2. Introduction/Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to examine the similarities and differences between cognitive therapy and behavior therapy.
1. Motivation/Problem Statement – Why do we care about this topic?
2. Approach – Briefly summarize your review of the literature.
3. Conclusion/Implications: What are the larger implications of your findings?
3. Review of the Literature
1. What is cognitive therapy? In cognitive therapy, clients learn to:
1. Distinguish between thoughts and feelings.
2. Become aware of the ways in which their thoughts influence their feelings in ways that are not helpful.
3. Evaluate critically the veracity of their automatic thoughts and assumptions.
4. Develop the skills to notice, interrupt, and intervene at the level of automatic thoughts "on-line," as they happen.
2. What is behavior therapy?
1. Definition
2. Classical conditioning
3. Operant conditioning
3. Features common to cognitive and behavior therapy
4. Differences between cognitive and behavioral approaches
5. Research methods
6. Strengths and limitations of research design
7. Conclusion and implications

 

References: Your preliminary list of references should demonstrate familiarity with the professional literature as it relates to the thesis statement. Please be sure to list your references in APA format as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center and include the name of the database from which you retrieved them. Include the five to ten primary/scholarly references you plan to use in your Final Paper.

 

 

 

PSY 496 Week 1 DQ 1
Think about the variety of research approaches you have studied to date. How will you know what research approach is more appropriate than another with a particular research question or population of interest? How do psychologists develop confidence in making these types of decisions? What will you need to do to build confidence in your ability to select a methodological approach that matches the research questions that interest you?

 

Guided Response: Review several of your classmates’ posts. Provide a substantive response to at least two of your peers. What other suggestions might you have for your classmate to build their confidence in selecting an appropriate methodological approach? Explain your reasoning. How will building their confidence in this area lead to a more sound sense of research development?

 

 

PSY 496 Week 1 DQ 2
Why is it so important to measure change? As a psychology major, will your goal always be to change behavior? What others goals might you pursue? What types of behaviors, either your own or others’ around you, would you be interested in changing? How would you measure that change?

 

Guided Response: Review several of your classmates’ posts. Provide a substantive response to at least two of your peers who chose a different goal to pursue than you. How would you suggest measuring the change in behavior they discussed? Explain your reasoning.

 

 

PSY 496 Week 2 Assignment Finalized Resources and Revisions for the Final Paper
Finalized Resources and Revisions for the Final Paper

 

Submit a three- to four-page document that contains your finalized list of resources and any revisions to the following elements:
1. Title page
2. Thesis statement
3. Outline

 

This document should incorporate the feedback you have received from your instructor in Week One. Submit these elements in one document. Your resource list must contain the five to ten primary/scholarly sources, in APA format, that you have identified for use in your Final Paper.

 

PSY 496 Week 2 DQ 1
In considering past research, it is sometimes easier to see when physical harms are occurring as opposed to psychological harms. If you were conducting research on a psychologically sensitive topic, what steps might you need to follow to ensure that no psychological harm was occurring? In other words, how do you know if psychological harm is occurring during a research study? If you were to discover the occurrence of psychological harm, what would be your next steps as a researcher?

 

Guided Response: Review several of your classmates’ posts. Provide a substantive response to at least two of your peers. What, if any, additional steps would you recommend to ensure the safety of the participants? Explain your reasoning. Why are these steps important in protecting human and animal participants from harm?
PSY 496 Week 2 DQ 2
Dr. Martin decides he wants to extend his practice to treating children. He has never had any training in child psychology but begins to read books on the topic. He also starts seeing children for therapy and advertises himself as a child psychologist. Is Martin acting ethically? Why or why not?

 

Guided Response: Review several of your classmates’ posts. Provide a substantive response to at least two of your peers. What additional rationale might you provide as to why acting ethically within the field of psychology is important? Explain your reasoning.

 

 

PSY 496 Week 2 Journal Ethics in Research and Practice
Ethics in Research and Practice
For this journal entry, you will write an “ethics autobiography” in which you will explore aspects of your background. In the course of your reflection, please answer the following questions:
1. What previous exposure have you had to ethics in psychology?
2. What is your idea of “right” and “wrong” professional behavior?
3. Where does your conceptualization of “right” and “wrong” behavior come from?
4. What aspects of the field of psychology are most aligned with your personal values? Which aspects are least aligned?
5. What have you learned about yourself during your tenure as an Ashford University student?
6. Has your thinking about ethics changed during that time?

 

The purpose of the journal activity is to allow you to thoroughly reflect upon what you have learned so far in your coursework and to provide you with an opportunity to relate this learning to your own experiences. The reflective journal is not a formal written assignment; however you are expected to adhere to conventional rules of grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation while focusing on clearly conveying your thoughts.

 

PSY 496 Week 3 Assignment Final Paper Draft
Final Paper Draft

 

This paper should represent a significant academic effort that draws upon empirical and conceptual evidence presented in professional publications of psychology and related fields and is organized as a review of the literature. It is expected that students will utilize a variety of resources including literature databases, academic journals, books, and other scientific sources. Non peer-reviewed Internet sources are not acceptable for the literature review.

 

The paper will represent a fair and comprehensive review of relevant literature, that is organized around a thesis statement.

 

Your paper should be organized as follows (approximate page lengths):
1. Title Page (one page)
2. Abstract
3. Introduction (one page)
4. Review of Literature – Link (five to seven pages)
1. Peer Reviewed articles and studies are chosen
2. Chosen references pertain directly to student's thesis
3. References are well summarized and support student discussion
5. Reference Page (one page)

 

All literature citations must utilize current APA style as outlined by the Ashford Writing Center, and the Final Paper must be free of spelling and grammatical errors.

 

Although there are no strict length requirements, it is anticipated that your Final Paper will be between eight- to ten- pages (including title and reference pages) in length, with at least five to ten primary/scholarly source references reviewed in the paper. The sources should be from a variety of resources including literature databases, academic journals, books, and other scientific sources.

 

PSY 496 Week 3 DQ 1
Think about the perceptions you had about psychology before you began your formal, college-level study of psychology. Did you think that psychology would be easier or harder than the other disciplines you could have studied? Has your perception of psychology changed? Which components of an education in psychology are you finding the most worthwhile, and which components seem disconnected from other avenues of study you are pursuing?

 

Guided Response: Review several of your classmates’ posts. Provide a substantive response to at least two of your peers. How was the evolution of their perception different from yours? How was it similar? Explain your reasoning.

 

 

PSY 496 Week 3 DQ 2
You are near the end of your journey in the undergraduate psychology program. Given the sights that you have seen over the course of your journey, would you do it over again? If you were starting again from day one, would you still choose the psychology program? Why or why not? Are there other areas of psychology that interest you that you have yet to explore? If so, how do you plan to explore those areas? What are some of the continuing education opportunities (formal or informal) that exist for the field of psychology?

 

Guided Response: Review several of your classmates’ posts. Provide a substantive response to at least two of your peers. Is their perspective similar or different from yours? How are the ways that they may or may not have changed their academic path similar to or different from yours? Explain your reasoning.
PSY 496 Week 4 DQ 1
What stage of identity development are you currently in? Why do you see yourself in this particular stage? What experiences have led you to this stage? Describe scenes, surroundings, events, feelings, thoughts, and reflections. Utilize at least one scholarly source that is cited according to APA format to support your perspective.

 

Guided Response: Review several of your classmates’ posts. Provide a substantive response to at least two of your peers who are in a different stage of identity development than you. How have your experiences in life differed from theirs? How are those experiences similar?
PSY 496 Week 4 DQ 2
Discuss a future stage of identity development and what you believe it will take for you to move on to that future stage? What steps will you need to take in your life? What will that look like for you personally and professionally? How will you be different from who you are today? What will be difficult for you? What are the barriers to moving forward? Utilize at least one scholarly source that is cited according to APA format to support your perspective.

 

Guided Response: Review several of your classmates’ posts. Provide a substantive response to at least two of your peers. What additional steps, if any, would you suggest to ensure barriers are minimized as your classmates move toward a future sense of identity? Why? What possible difficulties do you foresee? Explain your reasoning.

 

 

PSY 496 Week 4 Journal Multicultural Issues
Multicultural Issues
For this journal entry, you will clearly describe some of the significant influences on your identity development. As you reflect, please answer the following questions:
1. How has culture (gender, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, family values, etc.) impacted your identity, life experiences, and world views?
2. What major groups and cultures have contributed to your identity?
3. What stereotypes are embedded in your cultural experience?
4. How has your cultural identity influenced your interactions with individuals from other cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds?
The purpose of the journal activity is to allow you to thoroughly reflect upon what you have learned so far in your coursework and to provide you with an opportunity to relate this learning to your own experiences. The reflective journal is not a formal written assignment; however you are expected to adhere to conventional rules of grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation while focusing on clearly conveying your thoughts.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your journal entry.