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  • Assignments for SCIN132 B001 Spr 18

  • Assignment 1: Academic Honor PledgeDue Apr 8, 2018 (14 days ago)
    Assignment 1: Academic Honor Pledge Objective: Review the University’s Academic Honor Code regarding academic integrity and plagiarism Assignment Instructions: Read the following policies in the APUS Student Handbook:
    1. APUS Student and Faculty Honor Code Statement and Honor Pledge
    2. Academic Dishonesty

    Submission Instructions: Affirm that you understand and will adhere to the APUS Honor Code and Academic Dishonesty policy by typing “I understand and will adhere to the APUS Honor Pledge” in the Comments Box below. Evaluation:This is an ungraded assignment, however, assignments in this course will not be accepted and graded until the student acknowledges and signs the Academic Honor Pledge assignment.

  • Assignment 2: Annotated BibliographyDue Apr 29, 2018 (in 7 days)Assignment 2: The Annotated BibliographyObjective: Assess sources for your research paper (for credibility, reliability and relevance) and list references in proper APA formatAssignment Instructions: The Research Project/Paper for this class is divided into three major Assignments, 1) annotated bibliography, 2) abstract, and 3) final paper. The first part is the annotated bibliography. An annotation* (see note on annotations vs. abstracts below) is a is a summary and/or evaluation, and your annotated bibliography will include a summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources (or references) you will use for your paper.Your paper must include a minimum of three sources and these are to be included in this assignment, i.e. you are to write an annotation for each source. However you must use five or more sources in your final paper.The reason the annotated bibliography is included as part of the research paper is because writing an annotated bibliography is important in that it provides excellent preparation for the final paper. One of the issues regarding any type of research, especially in the biosciences, medical, health/nutrition and exercise/fitness fields, is the credibility of the sources used, particularly those obtained from various websites. By forcing you to carefully evaluate each of your potential sources, the annotated bibliography helps you determine if in fact the source you chose is credible and also helps you determine how relevant it is to your topic and understand the topic better which will help you write your paper.For this project, your annotated bibliography will include: 1) a complete citation for each source, 2) a summary of each source, 3) an assessment/evaluation of each source, and 4) a critique of each source. Three sources are required.
    1. Citation:

    Written in APA format. For more help with formatting, see APA handout.

    1. Summary:

    What is purpose of the source, review article, original research? What topics are covered? This is generally 1 -3 sentences that summarize the author’s main point. For more help, see this link on paraphrasing sources.

    1. Assessment:

    After summarizing the article (or research paper or book) it is necessary to evaluate it and also where you found it – its source (e.g. journal, website, etc). Briefly answer the following questions:What is the format or type of source. How reliable is the information in the article and how credible is the source and the author(s)? Is this article biased or objective?For more help, see this handout on evaluating resources.

    1. Critique:

    Once you’ve summarized and assessed a source, you need to ask how it fits into your research. Why is this source relevant to your research paper and how can you use this source in your research project? What are the strengths and weaknesses? It is biased in any way? Compare the source with other sources in your bibliography.

    *Annotations vs. Abstracts

    Annotations in an annotated bibliography perform three functions: specify the source, evaluate the source, and critique the source. The annotation is a concise description of a particular source. It enables the researcher to establish the relevance of a specific journal article, book, research report, or government document, etc. Abstracts, on the other hand, are descriptive summaries that precede scholarly journal articles or can be found standing alone in periodical databases and are more detailed in this respect. Later in the course, Assignment 3 will specifically cover the abstract.Additional Resources:

    • Sample Annotated Bibliography
    • Also please see the resources below at The Owl at Purdue site for more information on how to write an annotated bibliography as well as other pages on the site to assist you with the other parts of the research paper.

    https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/614/01/https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/614/02/https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/614/03/Evaluation: Please review the Annotated Bibliography Grading Rubric that describes how your annotated bibliography will be graded.Submission Instructions:

    1. You must submit your Annotated Bibliography as a “Microsoft Word” document rather than a Word Pad, Works, etc. document AND title your file name as FirstnameLastname_SCIN132_Assg2.doc, otherwise, you will not receive credit for your assignment.
    2. Upload your assignment for grading by clicking on the “Add Attachment” button at the bottom of the page.
    3. The new screen will prompt you to click the “Browse” button so you can locate the MS Word document of your Annotated Bibliography on your computer.
    4. Find the file and double click on it.
    5. Click “Continue”.
    6. Double check to ensure that your annotated bibliography was successfully uploaded as an attachment.
    7. When you have completed this assignment, type “Completed” in the rich text editor box below.
    8. Check the “Honor Pledge: I have neither given nor received aid on this assignment.” checkbox.
    9. Click the “Submit” button.
    10. Your annotated bibliography is automatically submitted to TurnItIn with your submission:

    Papers will be automatically added to and checked against the standard Turnitin repositories. Originality reports will be returned to the faculty and student in roughly 15 minutes of the submission. Multiple submissions are allowed before the due date. If you wish to learn more about and how to access Turnitin.com, a plagiarism detection web site, these are available from the APUS Online Library. Tutorial & Student Study Center.

  • Assignment 3: The AbstractDue May 6, 2018 (in 14 days)Assignment 3: The AbstractTopic: Writing the abstract to accompany your research paperObjective: To develop a working abstract (i.e. descriptive summaries that precede scholarly journal articles or can be found standing alone in periodical databases in order to help a reader quickly understand the paper’s purpose) for your research paperAssignment Instructions:You have already completed Assignment 2: The Annotated Bibliography. To further help prepare you for Assignment 4: The Research Paper you will first submit an abstract of the main points of what you will be covering in your paper.
    Your Abstract should contain the following parts that are listed below.
    • Topic Sentence: your abstract must contain one sentence that clearly and concisely introduces the topic of the profile paper.
    • Content Sentences: your abstract must mention the following five main topics of the profile: Statistics/Epidemiology, Financial Costs, Anatomy & Physiology/ Etiology, Diagnosis/Treatments/ Prognosis, Conclusions and Findings. This is challenging to write! These sentences should not be too specific, but reflect broad strokes summaries of each of these main topics.
    • Conclusion Sentence: Abstract contains one sentence that mentions key conclusions and/or findings.

    Additional Resources:

    Please make note of the following tips and tricks:

    • We understand that this is a rough draft and as your research and writing continues over the next few weeks your abstract conclusion may change. Be sure to update this abstract if that happens when you submit Assignment 4.
    • Please review the rubric! The rubric is a very detailed template that I will use to assess your performance. It also will help you understand what is expected from you as you prepare your assignment.
    • Your abstract should be clear and concise and contain approximately five to seven well written sentences.
    • Be sure to avoid first person.
    • Please see the sample abstract attached above.

    Evaluation: Please review the Abstract Grading Rubricthat describes how your paper will be graded.
    Submission Instructions:

    1. You must submit your Abstract as a “Microsoft Word” document rather than a Word Pad, Works, etc. document AND title your file name asFirstnameLastname_SCIN132_Assg3.doc, otherwise, you will not receive credit for your assignment.
    2. Upload your assignment for grading by clicking on the “Add Attachment” button at the bottom of the page.
    3. The new screen will prompt you to click the “Browse” button so you can locate the MS Word document of your Abstract on your computer.
    4. Find the file and double click on it.
    5. Click “Continue”.
    6. Double check to ensure that your abstract was successfully uploaded as an attachment.
    7. When you have completed this assignment, type “Completed” in the rich text editor box below.
    8. Check the “Honor Pledge: I have neither given nor received aid on this assignment.” checkbox.
    9. Click the “Submit” button.
    10. Your abstract is automatically submitted to TurnItIn with your submission:

    Papers will be automatically added to and checked against the standard Turnitin repositories. Originality reports will be returned to the faculty and student in roughly 15 minutes of the submission. Multiple submissions are allowed before the due date. If you wish to learn more about and how to access Turnitin.com, a plagiarism detection web site, these are available from the APUS Online Library. Tutorial & Student Study Center.

  • Assignment 4: Research PaperDue May 20, 2018 (in a month)Assignment 4: Research PaperTopic: Any disease or condition of the bodyObjective: To investigate various details about a disease or condition of the human bodyAssignment Instructions:To prepare for this assignment, I recommend that you do the following:
    • Read these directions carefully.
    • Read the rubric. The rubric is a very detailed template that I will use to assess your performance. It also will help you understand what is expected of you as you prepare your assignment.
    • Message me with any questions!

    The required elements: Your paper should contain the following elements in the order listed below. In addition, my expectation is that any feedback that was given to you from Assignment 2: Annotated Bibliography and Assignment 3: The Abstract be incorporated into this assignment. Please go back and review those comments.

    1. Abstract – this section must contain the following:
      1. Topic Sentence: Your abstract must contain one sentence that clearly and concisely introduces the topic of the paper
      2. Content Sentences: Your abstract must mention the following five main topics of the paper: introduction, statistics/epidemiology, financial costs, anatomy & physiology/etiology, diagnosis/treatment/prognosis
      3. Conclusion Sentence: Abstract contains one sentence that mentions key conclusions and/or findings, future directions/research
    2. Main Body – this section must contain the following five main topics (the subtopics are recommendations to use if appropriate to your disease/condition):
      1. Introduction:
        1. Thoroughly define the disease/condition
        2. History of the disease/condition
      2. Statistics/Epidemiology:
        1. Statistical prevalence (e.g. overall, gender, age)
        2. Types of distributions (e.g. frequencies, patterns)
        3. Types of determinants (e.g. causes, risk factors)
      3. Financial Costs:
        1. Costs to the individual/family
        2. Possible costs to society
        3. Loss of productivity
      4. Anatomy & Physiology/Etiology:
        1. The normal and abnormal structure & function behind the disease/condition
        2. Cause(s) of the disease/condition
      5. Diagnosis/Treatments/Prognosis:
        1. How this disease/condition is diagnosed (e.g. history, exam, diagnostic imaging, labs)
        2. How the condition/disease is treated (e.g. traditional medical treatments, alternative methods of treatment)
        3. The prediction of this disease/condition’s outcome
    3. Conclusion – this section must contain four to six sentences that sum up the main topics of the paper.
    4. Reference Section – this section must contain the following:
      1. This is not just a separate section; rather, referencing should occur throughout the paper via parenthetical citations anytime you paraphrase or make direct quotes. Please be sure to cite any language in the paper that should be cited. Your paper should also have a final reference page listing 5-10 credible sources researched for your paper.
      2. Do not include your critique/summary from Assignment 2: Annotated Bibliography; simply list the references utilized in your paper in APA format on the reference page.

    Please make note of the following tips and tricks:

    • There is no minimum word count for this paper; however, your paper should be thorough and include all the required components listed in the instructions and rubric.
    • Please note that less than 10% of your paper should contain direct quotes.
    • Avoid bulleted lists within the body of your paper.
    • Do not write in first or second person.
    • One last reminder: be sure to properly cite your work, both internal to the paper as well as within the reference page.

    Additional Resources:Research Paper Tips and GuidelinesAPA Papers – General FormatAdvice on writing abstractsAPA – In-Text Citations: The BasicsAPA – Reference List: Basic RulesSample APA Style PaperEvaluation: Please review the Research Paper Grading Rubric that describes how your paper will be graded.Submission Instructions:

    1. You must submit your Research Paper as a “Microsoft Word” document rather than a Word Pad, Works, etc. document AND title your file name as FirstnameLastname_SCIN132_Assg4.doc, otherwise, you will not receive credit for your assignment.
    2. Upload your assignment for grading by clicking on the “Add Attachment” button at the bottom of the page.
    3. The new screen will prompt you to click the “Browse” button so you can locate the MS Word document of your paper on your computer.
    4. Find the file and double click on it.
    5. Click “Continue”.
    6. Double check to ensure that your research paper was successfully uploaded as an attachment.
    7. When you have completed this assignment, type “Completed” in the rich text editor box below.
    8. Check the “Honor Pledge: I have neither given nor received aid on this assignment.” checkbox.
    9. Click the “Submit” button.
    10. Your paper is automatically submitted to TurnItIn with your submission:

    Papers will be automatically added to and checked against the standard Turnitin repositories. Originality reports will be returned to the faculty and student in roughly 15 minutes of the submission. Multiple submissions are allowed before the due date. If you wish to learn more about and how to access Turnitin.com, a plagiarism detection web site, these are available from the APUS Online Library. Tutorial & Student Study Center.

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