A scholarly research paper focused on either learning or cognition, minimum of 12 pages in paper body length (not including the cover page or references page), double-spaced with 1″ margins on all sides of each page, is required for this course. APA style formatting is required. The assignment should include a title page, abstract, body of paper, and a separate page entitled “References” listing sources used and attached to the end. Papers not in APA format will receive a 10% deduction from the paper score before scoring deduction for other errors. Papers not including any source citations will receive a score of zero. A minimum of 5 articles must be used in the development of the paper and source credited in the paper body and reference page. 10% times the number of articles less than 5 will be deducted from the paper score before scoring deduction for other errors. Only academic, peer-reviewed journal articles obtained through the APUS Online Library can be used for the research paper. Students should not assume that all sources available in the Online Library are academic in nature and suitable for this assignment. Like any library, the APUS Online Library contains a number of commercial publications. A good clue that an article is scholarly is that it comes from a publication produced by a professional academic organization, such as the American Psychological Association, and has the name “Journal” in it. Wikipedia and other encyclopedias, online dictionaries, answer supplying websites such as WebMD.com, About.com, Ask.com and Answers.com, which do the work of synthesizing information for readers, newspapers, magazines and textbooks cannot be used for the paper. Papers are automatically uploaded to Turnitin.com, when posted.
All written work, including Forum posts, must be in the student’s own words, with content based on published materials paraphrased (restated in one’s own words), source credited in the body of the writing, and Reference-listed correctly at the end, per formatting rules of the American Psychological Association (APA). Copying the work of others, either published hard copy or online authors or other students, or failure to properly source credit, regardless of intent, constitutes plagiarism. Students may not copy any part of the reviewed journal article verbatim, with or without source crediting. No more than 2 or 3 short sentences of direct quoting, which must be placed inside quotation marks and source crediting, may be included in any writing submitted or posted for this course. Plagiarism found in any course assignments, including papers and discussion forums, will result in a score of zero for the first incident and course failure for any subsequent instance without the option of revision and resubmission.
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