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PSYC 3420- 02 - Kalavar

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A research paper is a requirement for this course. As you are working on your research paper, keep in mind that its primary goal is to show your ability to read and understand scholarly research, and to use it to support your own ideas and opinions. The purpose of this assignment is to familiarize students with psychological research pertaining to issues of developmental psychology. Students are required to choose a topic from the list below, to obtain two scholarly journal articles that are primary research-based on this topic, and to write a paper that summarizes and evaluates the research described in the two articles.
The expectations for this paper include an in-depth examination of the chosen research topic, a review of relevant journal articles, a discussion of future research questions that may be addressed, and an integration of theoretical issues raised in the classroom. If you do not use scholarly journal articles as the basis of your paper, you will automatically receive one complete letter grade lower than what has been determined by assessment. An example of scholarly journals includes Journal of Health Psychology, Health Psychology, Health Psychology Review, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Psychology & Health, and the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. This list is not intended to be exhaustive but suggestive of options available.
Please limit the two journal articles to those that have been published in the year 2017 or later. If you are unsure of what a journal article is, please check with a campus librarian ( or me. The library session video for this course is a good way to complete finding scholarly information for all your course requirements.
The two articles that you read, summarize and evaluate for this assignment must be published in a scholarly journal article and be primary research-based. Unacceptable are articles that provide a literature review, involve the analysis of secondary data, or a meta-analysis of research done by others on this topic. Secondary research-based articles are unacceptable. What is meant by a primary research-based article is that the authors have done the research (data collection included) themselves and are describing that research in this scholarly journal article. In such an article, you will find information on methodology, sample description, results, and findings. If you are unsure about whether the article is primary research-based or not, please check only with your professor.
Research Paper Topics (choose any one from the following six)
Sleep and health
Personality and health
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
Eating Disorders
Hospice Care
Managing pain

(20 points; presentations are scheduled on the dates listed on your syllabus)

1) Signing up for your presentation topic:
To select your presentation topic, please sign into D2L and click on the “Content” tab to sign-up for the Doodle link listed in the module titled “Course Resources.” The deadline for sign-up is before midnight of August 16th. After that date, the instructor will assign topics to those students who did not sign-up.
No more than two individuals may sign up for the same topic. However, the presentations will be graded individually. Both students must dialogue in advance to ensure there is no redundancy in their coverage of material. Otherwise, both will lose points for their presentation.

Please note that the topics for the presentation are different from the topics for the Research Paper. They cannot be identical or related.
You must upload your video presentation to the correct forum listed under the Discussion tab on D2L. Please note that your student presentations will be made available to all students in this course, and all uploaded presentations lend themselves for assessment in this course.

2) Preparing your presentation:
First, make a PowerPoint presentation based on a topic that you have signed up for. Present the issue, explain the concept(s), provide statistics, explain causes or associated factors, prevention care, proactive wellness promoting considerations, programs and policies, and intervention/treatment approaches. Not all of these may apply to your topic on hand, and there may be other points you may want to address. This is just meant to serve as a framework for your presentation.

The easiest way to do a video presentation is to create a PowerPoint with narration (8-10 minutes), and then under the “File” tab, go to “Export” and “Create a video” and then hit “Create video.” You must upload only the video as your presentation submission. Do not submit a PowerPoint with narration as you will lose points. Creating this video is a great learning experience, and will hold you in good stead beyond this course.
An important component of your presentation is to research the topic that you signed up for from the perspective of another country. If two individuals are signed up for the same topic, they must focus on two different countries. You are expected to make comparisons between the United States and another country. Let’s expand our horizons. Be sure to include a general introductory slide that introduces the other country (not the United States), and then specifically focus on the issue on hand. You must include a comparative slide that looks at the same issues in both countries.

In-text citations APA style must be listed on every slide of the PowerPoint. Throughout the presentation, wherever work is cited on each slide, please be sure to state author and year next to their contribution. An APA style reference list must also be provided on the last slide.
Underestimating or overextending the prescribed time will result in loss of points. points will be subtracted. Accompanying handouts or papers are not required.

Content, organization, clarity of presentation, and creativity get high marks. Be prepared to back your presentation with reliable sources. Wikipedia and the like are not regarded as legitimate sources for this course. Edit the presentation carefully for typos, grammatical mistakes, and punctuation errors. You will lose points if the content is blurry and cannot be ready clearly.

Newspaper Assignment

Focusing on any 2021  - 2022 news item, (local, regional, national, or international) concerning health psychology, students are expected to provide a summarized understanding of the article by initiating a discussion thread on D2L. The intent of the assignment is for us all to be updated on experiences, programs, policies, events pertaining to health psychology.


What this assignment entails:

1. Posting the article link in your discussion thread.

2. Your summary of this in 250 - 300 words, and whether you agree/disagree with the contents therein along with your justification for this. The word count does NOT include your references.


Due before midnight of September 18th

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