Writing a paper can sometimes feel like a daunting task. However, it doesn't have to be. The goal of this assignment is for you to learn more about a topic of interest to you in the field of psychology. You can submit a rough draft and I will let you know if you are on track with the assignment. There is not a grade associated with the rough draft. This is simply an opportunity for you to get some initial feedback. Submission of a rough draft is purely optional.
Each student will select a topic of interest in the field of psychology. Your paper should be 3 pages long, double-spaced with one inch margins. Please use Times New Roman, or equivalent font, using a setting of 12. Please do not use a script style font.
Psychological disorders (e.g. schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, anxiety – choose one)
Therapeutic approaches (e.g. client-centered, hypnosis, cognitive behavioral – choose one or compare/contrast 2)
Theoretical perspectives (e.g. psychoanalytic, biological, evolutionary – choose one or compare/contrast 2)
Medications (e.g. anti-psychotics, anti-anxiety – choose one)
Careers in psychology (e.g. neuropsychology, school counselor)
Research frontiers in psychology (e.g. brain imaging)
Find information on you topic using a variety of resources. You are required to have at least one (1) reputable source for your paper that you will cite within the body of your paper and list on your Works Cited/References/Bibliography page. When looking for information on the Internet, please be sure the site you are using is a reliable website (e.g. do not use Wikipedia as a source or personal blogs). If in doubt, please ask. Citation of your sources in the body of your paper and for your Works Cited/References/Bibliography page should be in MLA or APA format. You can find helpful tips for proper documentation through the librarian on campus, the library link on the HCC website, and through various Internet sources.
The Final Product
The paper you submit will include the following:
Cover page (e.g. title of paper, your name, and class)
Body of your paper (3 pages)
Works Cited/References/Bibliography page
The body of your paper should start with the introduction to your topic, including why you selected the topic. The next several paragraphs should reflect the information you learned about the selected topic (e.g. what did you find interesting about the topic, did you learn something surprising about the topic, are there any controversial viewpoints about your topic, how can you apply what you have learned about your topic to your personal and/or professional life). The final paragraph should be a conclusion summarizing your findings and tying back to your introductory paragraph.