• March 9th, 2016

Analytical paper

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Instructions for Analytical Paper CT is the document “Computer Tips Using Office 2003 or Computer Tips Using Office 2007 or Computer Tips Using Office 2010” on the LaunchPad that will provide instructions for the functions you will need. Very few people can sit down and complete the entire assignment in one sitting. Most people will take many days to complete the assignment. The instructions are numbered so as you complete each one, tick or otherwise code what you have completed. The next time you return to work on the assignment, you will know what you have completed and what you need to do next. Note: This is a continuation of the First Submission of Analytical Paper assignment. 1. Read all the instructions before starting in order to have a global understanding of the assignment. 2. Open the document for your First Submission of Analytical Paper that you submitted for grading and make any changes and corrections that I have indicated. You may also make additional changes. Save the file as: Psy ???.??? (course and section number) Last Name, First Name Analytical Paper. 3. Writing the Assignment: 3.1. You cannot complete the Analytical Paper until you turn in a First Submission of Analytical Paper. You have already summarized the “Introduction” heading and written a paragraph under Why I Chose This Article when you submitted your First Submission of Analytical Paper. Your task is to summarize all the other headings you typed for the First Submission of Analytical Paper, i.e. Method, Results, Discussion, Implications (if your article doesn’t have an implication’s section, you will not have an implication heading and you cannot type a summary of it), and How I Plan to Apply What I have Learned. Start each paragraph with a tab (make sure the tab is set at ½ inch). Write one paragraph for each of the above headings. 3.2. Critical Analysis heading: type one paragraph (six to eight sentences long) critically analyzing this article. Some students think incorrectly that a critical analysis is to only express dissatisfaction or list negative feedback about the article. Instead, your task is to indicate your understanding of the content and issues the author(s) presented in the journal article and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the study. Your critical analysis should provide a description, analysis and interpretation that will allow the reader to understand the journal article. Your one paragraph is to include and integrate three broad areas of your article; (1) the Purpose/Hypothesis, (2) the method(s), and (3) the Discussion, Implications, and Conclusions. Here are just some of many things to consider. If you think of other ideas, you may use those. You cannot include all of these, but you must address the most important ones for your particular study: 3.2.1. Hypothesis or purpose, or objective, or goal, or aim, or focus, or intention, or expect/expected, prediction/predicted. Color coding (CT-Shading): electronic lightest yellow shading. If you don’t want to print using a color printer, use an old fashion manual yellow highlighter. 3.2.1.1. What was the author’s purpose or aim in writing the article and how well or poorly did the author accomplish the purpose? 3.2.1.2. Did the author define important terms? 3.2.1.3. Did the author state a hypothesis? 3.2.1.4. How understandable was the hypothesis? 3.2.1.5. Did the author make any assumptions? 3.2.1.6. What was the relevance (importance) of the study? 3.2.1.7. Should this study have been conducted? Why or why not? 3.2.1.8. Comment on who was the intended audience and did the author’s writing style suit the intended audience? 3.2.2. Method. Color coding (CT-Shading): electronic lightest green shading. If you don’t want to print using a color printer, use an old fashion manual green highlighter. 3.2.2.1. How were subjects selected? 3.2.2.2. Did the author(s) use any controls in the study, and if so, were they appropriate? 3.2.2.3. Did the author(s) include all the appropriate and necessary information and steps or were there missing or incomplete items in the methods? 3.2.2.4. Was the methodology appropriate or were there any weaknesses? 3.2.2.5. Comment on whether appropriate scientific methods and procedures were used, what assumptions were made? 3.2.2.6. Comment on the strengths and weaknesses of the methods. 3.2.2.7. How might the methods be improved? 3.2.2.8. Your analysis and interpretation of the methods. 3.2.2.9. How did the method, i.e. study design address or not address the main purpose and hypothesis of the study? 3.2.2.10. Was the study design appropriate for the main purpose and hypothesis of the study? 3.2.3. Discussion, Implications, Conclusions. Color coding (CT-Shading): electronic lightest pink shading. If you don’t want to print using a color printer, use an old fashion manual pink highlighter. 3.2.3.1. Is the author’s language objective or charged with emotional bias? 3.2.3.2. If illustrations or charts or tables were used, were they effective in presenting the information? 3.2.3.3. Did the author state a hypothesis and did the study support or not support the hypothesis? 3.2.3.4. Did the author’s discussion/implications/conclusions address the purpose of the study? Why or why not? 3.2.3.5. Could the data be interpreted in a different way? 3.2.3.6. Did the author include all the appropriate and necessary information and logic in the discussion/implications/conclusions sections or did the author make errors in reasoning or logic? 3.2.3.7. Are there any questions or points superficially addressed or omitted? 3.2.3.8. Do you agree or disagree with the author’s discussion/implications/ conclusions based on the study’s results? Must elaborate your answer. 3.2.3.9. How does the article contribute to the field, and is it related to this course? 3.2.3.10. Will this study impact the knowledge base of the topic? Why or why not? 3.2.3.11. Comment on the strengths and weaknesses of the study? 3.2.3.12. How it might the study be improved? 3.2.3.13. Your analysis and interpretation of the study. 3.2.3.14. Did you find the study interesting, unexpected, surprising, confusing? 3.2.3.15. Comment on how well or poorly the author presented their ideas and findings, was it interesting, was the information accurate? 3.3. Write one paragraph under the heading How I Plan to Apply What I Have Learned. 3.4. Scroll down to the word Reference that you have already typed (it was centered and bolded). Put your cursor right before the letter R of Reference and insert a new page (Control-Enter or Insert, Break, Section Break Types, Next Page). If you had errors on your reference for your First Submission of Analytical Paper, make the necessary corrections. Remember to use the American Psychological Association (APA) style. Look above for the section titled “Using APA style to Complete the Reference” to correctly complete your reference for your article. If you had no errors, you have nothing to fix—just make sure you didn’t inadvertently change it when you moved it to the top of a new page. 4. Set your Analytical Paper aside for at least three days and then edit it and make corrections. Print out your document and take it to an editor of your choice. I strongly recommend a faculty member in the Writing Center. Ask the editor to take their “red pen” and edit your document. On the cover sheet, for the Rubric of the Analytical Paper that I gave you in class, have the editor write: 4.1. Their name & relationship to you 4.2. One compliment 4.3. Three to four suggestions to improve the document. 5. Do NOT throw away your Analytical Paper with the editor’s handwritten comments, otherwise, you will receive zero points. You will be submitting your Analytical Paper with your editor’s handwritten comments when you turn in this assignment. 6. Make all of the appropriate changes your editor recommended plus any changes you would like. Save the file and print out the document. This is the one I will grade. 7. Bring both documents to class (the one your editor marked up and the one you made revisions to and are submitting for grading). On the date indicated on the Course Calendar in your syllabus to turn in your Analytical Paper, bring the following: 7.1. Your revised Analytical Paper after incorporating your editor’s feedback and any changes you wanted to make. This is the one I will grade. 7.2. The Analytical Paper with your editor’s handwritten comments. 7.3. Your entire First Submission of Analytical Paper packet. 7.4. Your CD-RW or DVD-RW or thumb drive with your saved files. 7.5. Binder clip. 7.6. In class, I will tell you the order to put the above items in before you submit them for grading. 8. If you have any questions, be sure to ask them in class or make an appointment to see me. You may also go to the Writing Center and/or Library to obtain individual assistance. 9. Your Analytical Paper is to be submitted on the date indicated on the Course Calendar in your syllabus at the beginning of class, otherwise it will be late and you will lose the following points for each day it is late including weekends, breaks (Thanksgiving/Spring), and holidays: 40% or 60 points for the first 24 hours late, i.e. up to 1 day 45% or 67.5 points if it is 24-48 hours late, i.e. 2 days 50% or 75 points if it is 48-72 hours late, i.e. 3 days 60 % or 90 points if it is 72-96 hours late, i.e. 4 days 70% or 105 points if it is 96-120 hours late, i.e. 5 days 80% or 120 points if it is 120-144 hours late, i.e. 6 days 100% or 150 points if it is 144-168 hours late, i.e. 7 days Late Analytical Papers can be submitted to the W-119 office anytime the college is open including Thanksgiving and Spring break. If the W-119 office is closed, follow the instructions to the left of the door to submit your documents in the W-119 Assignment Drop Box. Do not wait until the next class to submit your Analytical Paper, as you lose points each day your Analytical Paper is late. Your documents must be assembled in the correct order as instructed in class in order to be graded. If you were absent, it is your responsibility to obtain and follow those instructions. 10. No Analytical Papers will be accepted seven calendar days after the due date on the Course Calendar in your syllabus. No Analytical Papers will be graded if you have not completely followed all instructions stated in this and other handouts and/or lectures. If any items are incomplete, your Analytical Paper will be returned to you and you will be given the opportunity to complete or fix any deficiencies. However, when you resubmit your Analytical Paper for grading, it will be late and you will lose the number of points indicated above. If for some reason the due date of the Analytical Paper is extended, there will be no seven days’ grace and any late Analytical Papers will receive 0 points.

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