The students are required to write an APA-style research report, complete with all appropriate sections, in the correct APA formats, including references, tables, and figures. Initial drafts of each major section are due over the course of the semester. All assignments will be thoroughly commented on by the TAs and the instructor, providing 2 independent sets of comments/suggestions per assignment. The student is expected to incorporate the comments/suggestions into their final report. So, in essence, there are two drafts for each portion of the paper. Here are the individual assignments: 1) List of references, to be formatted in APA style. This provides students with experience finding and writing references in APA style. The assignment is usually 1-3 pages long double-spaced. 2) Article Summaries. Students are required to summarize 6 articles that are relevant to the research question they have chosen to explore. The goal is to give them early feedback on the scope of information they should be including when summarizing background research in the introduction section of their research paper. Each summary is approximately 1/2 pg in length, for a total of 3 pages of text. 3) Introduction and Methods. Students are required to write a draft of the introduction and methods sections of their research paper. The introduction is approximately 2-3 pages long, while the methods section is approximately 2-3 pages long. Students are also required to include a reference list in APA style. They receive elaborate feedback as to their writing style, conciseness, clarity of expression, and adherence to APA style, with regard to references, citations, section headings, etc. (4-6 total pages) 4) Data analyses. Students are required to perform and report their data analyses in the same way as in an APA style research report. They have to include the statistics and a written out summary approximately 6-8 sentences long of each statistical finding. This is intended to prepare them to write an APA-style results section. Length of assignment varies depending on how many statistical tests were conducted. (1-2 pages total) 5) Results and Discussion. Students are required to write a draft of their results and discussion sections, in APA style. They receive detailed comments regarding the clarity of their expression, the accuracy of their reporting of statistics, the validity of the conclusions they draw on the basis of their findings, and on the scope and clarity of their discussion of the results. The results section is generally 2-3 pages long, while the discussion section is usually 2-3 pages long. (4-6 pages total) 6) oral presentation. Students are required to give a short 5 min PowerPoint presentation that follows the same structure as their research paper. They are graded partially on their use of PowerPoint slides, which in essence is another writing skill. 7) Final research paper. Students are required to turn in a final draft that should be formatted like an APA style manuscript. They are expected to take into account the extensive comments made by the TA and the instructor regarding their exposition on earlier assignments. They are encouraged to turn in drafts of their final research paper to the TA and/or instructor for comments before the final due date. The total length is approximately 8-10 pages, with additional pages devoted to the reference list, tables, and figures. Additional Writing: We use writing to practice/learn how to form an argument, within the context of a research manuscript, such as would be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal reporting empirical findings. In class writing exercises will focus on clarity of argument, basics such as topic sentences, connecting ideas with proper language, and supporting conclusions.
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Course instructor (me) and the TA
Course instructor (me) and the TA