SO 306 Writing for Social Sciences
S2T 2012 DL
Kitchen, Michelle (MiKi) M.
PhD; Educational PsychologyM.S.; Educational PsychologyB.S.: Psychology
Spring 2 2012
APA (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, American Psychological Association (paper). ISBN 1-4338-0561-8
APA (2009). Mastering APA Style: Student's Workbook and Training Guide, 6th edition, American Psychological Association (paper). ISBN: 1-4338-0557-X
Strunk & White (2000). The Elements of Style, 4th edition, Boston: Allyn & Bacon (paper). ISBN: 020530902X
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Class Assessment: You will know in advance the standards for each assignment. My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback, to help you critically analyze the information and to communicate this knowledge in a professional manner. Each student might responsible for:
Core Learning Assessment
Using your controversial topic, the Professional Essay requires you to write a critical summary of the associated research articles. The Core Assessment Professional Essay is the culmination and combination of the weekly development essays. The Core Assessment essay requires you to develop a complete, balanced, well-articulated summary and critical evaluation of the related positions, associated research, and their implications for individuals and relevant social groups.
You should write your essay following the guidelines for effective writing in the social sciences. In addition, you should adhere to the rules of writing outlined in Strunk and White’s Elements of Style as well as the professional writing standards put forth in the APA Publication Manual. All technical terms and procedures should be explained, justified, and translated into terms appropriate to the specified audience. Your essay will be graded on its clarity and readability, as well as on the soundness of your evidence and arguments.
Format – APA style including title page, abstract, body, reference page
References – minimum of 4 empirical journal articles
Sunday at midnight of Week 7.
Submit as an RTF or Word attachments to the dropbox
Includes relevant information; accurately summarizes and integrates sources; uses appropriate information; includes relevant empirical sources
Writing is professional; writing is easy to follow; writing adheres to the guidelines in
Paper follows APA style guidelines; references and citations are in APA style; appropriate length and audience
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late Material will not be accepted...no exceptions! Plan accordingly.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are responsible for checking email, participating in class discussions – where applicable, and reading all course materials on a regular basis. Instructors will use email, discussion, and/or announcements to communicate important course information.
o Strunk & White, Chapter 1
o Mastering APA Style
o Strunk & White, Chapter 2
o APA Manual
o Strunk & White, Chapter 3
o Strunk & White, Chapter 4
o Strunk & White, Chapter 5
? Mastery Quiz (5 points)
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Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
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Create a back up file of every piece of work you submit for grading. This will ensure that a computer glitch will not erase your efforts. If submitted electronically (i.e., via email) all assignments should be submitted with the following file extensions - .doc, docx, rtf, pdf – all others will not be opened/read.
Clear, correct, and concise use of language is a characteristic of academic endeavors; as such, grades on papers and/or examinations which are poorly written may receive a reduction in grade – at the discretion of the instructor. The Writing Center is available if you need assistance with your writing skills.
I reserve the right to make changes to both the syllabus and/or the schedule; however, changes will be discussed or circulated in class.
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