Before beginning this assignment, preview the instructions for your final assignment in Unit 9.

This week, you will submit a preview of your final assignment (due in Unit 9) by identifying your topic, providing a working thesis, and summarizing three sources of information for your topic. This will help you work toward your final assignment in Unit 9. Use the Unit 8 Applied Research in Psychology Template (link in Resources) to complete this assignment.

Sources of information are to be professional (such as your textbook) or scholarly (original research studies, preferably within the past five years, and no more than 10 years old). If you use popular media sources to provide practical application examples in your final paper, these are supplemental to your three professional and scholarly sources, and should not be summarized here for your Unit 8 work.

Using the template, complete the following:

Identify a clear topic and thesis for applied research in psychology. Your thesis statement should give your audience a clear one- or two-sentence “bottom line” understanding of what you want to say about your topic.

Summarize three sources of information for an applied research in psychology topic. In two or more paragraphs, describe what you are learning from your source about the topic. The paragraphs should be in your own words and not direct quotes from your source. You may use your own paraphrasing and summarizing in your final paper and must include in-text citations for your sources.

Submit your paper to Turnitin. Make sure to select and review your results. Make any needed corrections based on your Turnitin results before submitting your completed assignment to your instructor for grading.

Submission Requirements

Written communication: It should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.

APA formatting: References and citations are formatted according to APA (6th edition) style and formatting.

Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12-point.

Turnitin: Submit your assignment to Turnitin, and review the results before submitting the assignment to your instructor for grading.

Refer to the scoring guide for this assignment to review the criteria your instructor will use to assess your work

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CRITERIANON-PERFORMANCEBASICPROFICIENTDISTINGUISHED
Present a thesis statement for a topic in applied psychology.
20%
Does not present a thesis statement for a topic in applied psychology.Presents a thesis statement for a topic in applied psychology, but the thesis statement is not clear or well-developed.Presents a thesis statement for a topic in applied psychology.Presents a clear thesis statement for a topic in applied psychology
Summarize three professional and scholarly sources for a topic in applied psychology.
60%
Does not summarize professional and scholarly sources of information on a topic in applied psychology.Summarizes sources for a topic in applied psychology, but summaries are unclear or incomplete, or sources are not scholarly.Summarizes three professional and scholarly sources for a topic in applied psychology.Clearly summarizes in detail three professional and scholarly sources for a topic in applied psychology.
Use well-developed written communication that is generally concise, logically organized, and utilizes correct punctuation, spelling, and grammar.
10%
Is unable to write in a scholarly fashion.Written communication is adequate but has errors and inconsistencies.Use well-developed written communication that is generally concise, logically organized, and utilizes correct punctuation, spelling and grammar with only minor errors.Uses well-developed written communication by writing in a manner that is generally concise, logically organized, and utilizes correct punctuation, spelling, grammar, and mechanics free of errors.
Successfully implement APA style.
10%
Does not demonstrate the use of APA format in providing references for sources of information.Written communication is adequate but has some APA errors and inconsistencies.Successfully implements APA style by providing full references for sources of information with no more than minor errors.Successfully implements APA formatting in references for sources of information with no errors.

Unit 8 Applied Research in Psychology Template

Learner Name:

Topic:

Thesis:

Summary of first source:

APA reference for first source:

Summary of second source:

APA reference for second source:

Summary of third source:

APA reference for third source:

 
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