There will be three types of discussions in the course. All are scholarly tasks. Your postings should be your own work (e.g., original, pertinent to the assigned topic). All posts should be concisely written, approximately 2 paragraphs in length (5-8 sentences each). You must effectively communicate your idea(s), so be sure to attend to spelling and grammar. Also be sure to appropriately reference any sources. You are expected to read and respond to other student posts. See more details about how many responses and the schedule of posting below.
Discussion of the Readings: The first topic each week will be a response to a question I ask about the readings. Your original post and your response to at least two classmate’s posts are due by midnight Saturday. Note: you must make your initial post to the discussion before you can to see what your classmates have posted and respond to them.
Writer’s Workshop: In Week 1 and6, the second discussion topic will provide you an opportunity to workshop topics for your research paper (Week 1) and provide peer review of your classmates’ papers (Week 6). Your initial post is due by Wednesday; your response to at least two classmate’s posts are due by Saturday.
Student question and answer section: For this assignment, you will generate one of your own critical thinking questions by Wednesday at 11:59 pm of the assigned week for another student to answer. Be sure to pose your question before your respond to another. Post your response to other students’ questions by 11:59 p.m. Saturday. Answer at least one other question in this section. You may post your thoughts and ideas inspired by other students’ responses to continue the discussion (optional).
Your questions and answers should reflect critical thinking about the material. Ask why or how, or ask for an example. Be creative; apply cognitive psychology to your life in this section to make it more interesting. Your answers must be in your own words. If you obtained information from another source, be sure to provide the proper citation.
In this course, you will write a research paper in which you explore a question about human cognition in some depth. This paper provide you with the opportunity to apply cognitive psychology to hypothetical but plausible real world scenarios, to develop research and writing skills, and to summarize, synthesize, analyze, and integrate current knowledge about an important subject. You will develop this paper through a series of writing assignments over the course of the session.
• Week 1: Brainstorming ideas for research
• Week 2: Research Question
• Week 3: Article Summaries
• Week 4: Position Paper
• Week 5: Annotated Bibliography
• Week 6: Writer’s Workshop (peer review of your paper)
• Week 7: Final Paper
This paper should include 7 references (with the associated citations in text). At least 4 of your references must be reports of experiments or studies published in peer-reviewed journals. Other references may also be reports of studies or experiments or literature reviews and meta-analyses that are published in peer reviewed journals or edited chapters. This traditional research paper should be well-organized and concisely written. All in-text citations and references must be in current APA style. You will find more details about the assignments and a sample APA paper in the Content area of the course.
Research Question: Begin thinking of your research question early in the course. Brainstorm possible topics with your classmates in Discussion 2 in Week 1. Then submit it to me via the Dropbox by the end of Week 2 so that I can provide feedback and suggestions. You may, of course, revise and refine the question as you continue your research and writing about the topic. Also include APA style citations to at least two studies published in peer reviewed journals that you will use as references. Your research question is due by Sunday of Week 2.
Article summaries: In Week 3, provide a summary of the content of two different articles that you have selected as references for your research paper. The articles must be studies that are published in peer reviewed journals. Identify the purpose of the each study and the hypothesis or research question. Provide brief descriptions of the research design, findings, conclusions, and implications of this study, as well as future directions for research suggested by the author/s. Be sure to include a complete bibliographic reference in APA style for the article at the end of your paper. The article summaries are due by Sunday of Week 3.
Position Paper: Provide a critical analysis of one of the sources (i.e., experiment, study or meta-analysis) for your final paper. The purpose of this assignment is to encourage critical thinking and analysis of research. The paper will be brief, a maximum of three pages. Your position paper will differ from the article summaries. You will provide a brief summary of the study (one paragraph), and then you will focus the majority of your paper on a coherent presentation of your analysis of the authors' research design, their conclusions about their findings, and the relevance of these findings to your own research question. Your position paper is due by Sunday of Week 4.
Annotated Bibliography: Prepare an annotated bibliography in which you have a complete list of citations to articles and books that you are using as references for your paper. The final Research Paper will require critical analysis of at least seven primary sources, including at least four peer-reviewed studies. Other acceptable resources include literature reviews, meta-analyses, and edited book chapters.
List each citation, following APA style, and follow it with a short description that evaluates the source in terms of pertinence to your research question and quality of the study in terms of research design and validity. Your annotated bibliography is due by Sunday of Week 5.
Peer Review: As up finish up your final paper, present a complete draft to your classmates in the Peer Review discussion. Then provide feedback on two of your classmates’ papers. Identify at least one strength of each of the papers and one area that could use some improvement. Some things to look for in your peer review:
1. Is the research question clearly stated?
2. Does the author provide compelling and credible research that answers the question?
3. Is the use of APA format correct?
Post your draft by Wednesday of Week 6 and your feedback to classmates by Sunday of Week 6.
Research Paper: Revise your paper, based on feedback from your classmates as well as family and friends. Then submit your final paper to the Dropbox by Sunday night of Week 7. It should include follow APA style and include:
1. Title page
3. Body of the Paper (9-12 pages)
4. References (without the annotations) (at least 7 primary sources)
Note: You will need to review the plagiarism tutorial and complete the plagiarism quiz before you will be able to access any of the Dropbox folders.
The purpose of this exercise is to help you review, retain, and apply information from readings and lectures throughout the course. Each quiz will consist of ten multiple-choice questions. You may use your book and notes.
Proctored Final Exam
The Final Exam for the course will be proctored. There is a 120-minute time limit for the exam. It will be comprehensive and will be composed of 50 multiple-choice questions and four essays that you will chose out of eight possible essay questions. You will have a study sheet prior to the final to assist you with exam preparation. The exam is closed book (i.e., no notes or books permitted while taking the exam).