There is a non-graded Introduction discussion due on Thursday by 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 1.
Besides the Introduction discussion, there are sixteen graded discussions and one Interview Synopsis Discussion (Paper Part 6: Interview Synopsis Discussion) in the course. You will be expected to submit an initial post and two responses to other students’ postings. The initial posts are due by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. CT, and the response posts are due by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. CT, except in Week 8, when the responses are due by Saturday at 11:59 p.m. CT.
The initial post of the Interview Synopsis discussion is due on Thursday by 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 5, and two (2) response posts are due by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. CT of the same week.
All initial posts and responses to peer posts must be in the APA format. Your initial post must be 2-3 paragraphs, or approximately 250 words, and the two responses to classmates’ postings must have be 1 paragraph or approximately 100 words each.
Each initial post (except the initial Interview Synopsis discussion post) is worth fifteen (15) points, and each response is worth one and a half (1.5) points each, or three (3) points in total. Combined, the original post and response posts make each discussion worth up to eighteen (18) points.
Leading up to the Final Paper, there is an Aging Quiz, four (4) Dropbox Assignments, and Interview Synopsis Discussion in the course. Each Dropbox Assignment is a part of the Paper Assignment. Each assignment will be graded according to the point system presented in the rubric. Submissions must be formatted using APA guidelines.
For the body of the paper, you are required to write a 3,000-word case study paper based on an interview with an older adult (60+ years) who is not related to you. The goal of this paper is to gain insight into a person’s unique experience of aging and adult development.
Develop an abstract and outline of the main headings that will give your paper focus and structure. From this outline, add content and narrative that will become your final product. Your paper must be in the APA format and must include formatting such as headings, a running head, and citations. Your paper must contain a title page, abstract, citations, and references. The title page, abstract, and references do not count toward your word minimum. You can use as many references as you wish, but at minimum you must use the equivalent of one per page of content. (For example, four pages of content equals four references.) Your textbook must be used as one of your references. Examples of APA papers as well as helpful resources for writing in the APA format will be provided. You can find more detailed instructions for the assignment in the Content section of D2L.
You are required to complete the following seven (7) steps in the order indicated:
- Aging Quiz: Paper Part 1(Not graded)
- Dropbox Assignment 1: Paper Part 2 (15 pts)
- Dropbox Assignment 2: Paper Part 3 (15 pts)
- Dropbox Assignment 3: Paper Part 4 (20 pts)
- Dropbox Assignment 4: Paper Part 5 (50 pts)
- Interview Synopsis Discussion: Paper Part 6 (12 pts)
- The Body of the Paper: Paper Part 7 (200 pts)
Aging Quiz: Paper Part 1
Paper Part 1: Aging Quiz is a non-graded quiz. It opens on 12:01 a.m. CT Monday and will remain open. Quiz can be found in the Learning Resources section of the Week 1 content. This quiz is comprised of 26 True/False questions. You will have 20 minutes to complete the quiz. As this quiz isn’t graded, you can take this as many times as you would like. This quiz must be completed before you are able to submit your first Dropbox assignment.
Dropbox Assignment 1: Paper Part 2
Paper Part 2: Dropbox Assignment 1 involves the selection of the Interviewee and the determination of the direction/theme for the paper. This assignment is worth 15 points and is due by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 2. This assignment should be 2-3 paragraphs in length, and provide brief insight into your deliberations and motivation regarding the direction/theme for your paper.
Dropbox Assignment 2: Paper Part 3
Paper Part 3: Dropbox Assignment 2 involves the creation and submission of a list of at least six (6) questions that are consistent and related to your selected direction/theme, to be asked to the interviewee. An interview guide will be provided to help guide your list of questions as well as your approach to the interview itself. This assignment is worth 15 points and is due by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 3. This assignment should be no more than 1 page in length.
Dropbox Assignment 3: Paper Part 4
Paper Part 4: Dropbox Assignments 3 involves the submission of the Interview record of your subject using your interview questions. This assignment is worth 20 points and is due by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 4.
Your interview record should be 2-3 paragraphs in length and include the place, name of interviewee, and basic demographics of your interviewee.
Dropbox Assignment 4: Paper Part 5
Paper Part 5: Dropbox Assignment 4 is the Interview Synopsis of the paper. You should provide at minimum 1-2 complete paragraphs for the interviewee answer to each question. This should be your unedited transcript of the interview in your own words. From this record you will edit and format to your final paper based on paper length requirement and content. This Assignment is worth 50 points and is due by 11:59 p.m. CT Thursday of Week 5.
Interview Synopsis Discussion: Paper Part 6
The initial post for the Interview Synopsis discussion is worth nine (9) points, and the two responses are worth one and a half (1.5) points each, or three (3) points in total. Combined, the original post and response posts make the interview synopsis discussion worth up to twelve (12) points. High-point posts and responses are those that successfully demonstrate mastery of course-related material by integrating both text and personal observation and experiences. You must post first before reading other posts in the discussion.
Body of the Paper: Paper Part 7
During Week 7 you will put everything into your final paper. You must submit your final version of your paper by 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday of Week 7.
There are two proctored exams in the course, a Midterm Exam and a Final Exam. The Midterm Exam opens at 12:01 a.m. CT on Monday of Week 4 and is due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday of the same week. It is worth 150 points. The Midterm Exam covers material from chapters 1 through 7 and consists of 50 multiple-choice and five short-answer questions.
The Final Exam opens at 12:01 a.m. CT on Monday of Week 8 and is due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Saturday of the same week. It is worth 250 points. The Final Exam mostly covers material from chapters 1 through 14, with an emphasis on chapters 8 through 14. It consists of 60 multiple-choice and five short-answer questions. You will have two hours and only one attempt to complete each exam.
The Proctor information is due by 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday in Week 2. Please see the Proctor Policy section for more information. You must submit the “Student Proctor Information Submission Form” to the Proctor Information Dropbox by the end of Week 2. This form and additional information about Proctoring is located in the Content area of the course.