empirical research to make original claims

PSY 215 Final Project Milestone One Guidelines and Rubric

Overview: For the final project in this course, you will examine research presented in the course for how abnormal psychology has changed, and investigate a potential gap in the research that has not been addressed. This project will allow you to foster and improve your skills at reading, interpreting, and writing

psychological works. It will also help you to learn your place within the field and how to combine both your personal perspective and opinions with established,

empirical research to make original claims.

The final project is meant for you to propose a hypothetical study. You are not and should not be conducting human subjects research for this project. It is

not necessary for the purposes of this assignment. All human subjects research requires written approval from the SNHU COCE Institutional Review Board in order to protect the welfare and ensure ethical treatment of the subjects.

For this milestone, due in Module Three, you will submit a draft of the literature review due as part of your final research investigation using the three articles

that were provided for your track in Module Two. In addition, for this milestone, you will need to find two additional articles to use for your final

project. You will base this milestone on the literature review practice journal assignment that you completed in Module Two. Rather than following the format of

a typical lengthier APA literature review, you will instead prepare five shorter, adapted, individual literature reviews (one for each article). Each literature review

should be 2-4 pages in length. These literature reviews will lead up to the final literature review submission, which will consist of a total of five literature reviews, based on the three articles provided in your track and the two additional articles you find and select for this milestone. The final version of the literature review

will be submitted in Module Seven as part of your final project.

Prompt: First, read and review the three provided articles for your track. Next, using the questions presented in the Module Two literature review practice journal assignment as a guide, you will draft literature reviews of the articles provided in your track. You will then find two more articles to add to your literature

reviews. The questions are provided here for your convenience as you prepare to complete your literature reviews. These questions will support you in completing the literature reviews, which will need to address all of the critical elements below. Please refer to the complete list of critical elements for the

literature review on the following page.

● What is the title of the article (in APA format)?

● What is the purpose of the article? (Addresses critical elements I-A through I-C.)

● What is the hypothesis of the study? In other words, what claims do the authors make in the article? What are the outcomes of the study, that is, the conclusions that the authors made as a result of the study? (Addresses critical elements I-A through I-D.)

● What variables (factors) are being looked at as an influence on abnormal behavior?” (Addresses critical elements I-A through I-D.)

● If these variables or the relationship between these variables have been studied before, what have other studies found? This shows historical significance. (Addresses critical elements I-C and I-H.)

● Describe the research design that was used in the study. (Addresses critical elements I-E and I-F.)

● Do you think the research in this article was conducted in an ethical manner? Why or why not? (Addresses critical elements I-G and I-H.)

 

 

 

 

Use the Literature Review Template to complete this task. Please refer to the Literature Review Basics document as well as the Literature Review Example to assist you.

Refer also to the Smarthinking Online Tutoring Service tutorials to assist you in your writing to the Research & Citations page of the SNHU Online Writing Center website for proper APA formatting of sources.

Please note that you are starting your literature review with the questions above, but you will need to expand the answers to these questions to meet the critical elements of the literature review for your final submission. The following critical elements must be addressed, as also outlined in the literature review section of the Final Project Part I Guidelines and Rubric document:

 

I. Literature Review: In this part of the project, you will analyze foundational research presented in the course for how the field of abnormal psychology has

changed over time, how researchers have designed research to study psychopathology, and how issues of ethics have been addressed historically in the field.

A. Summarize the claims made by the authors of the foundational research presented in the course regarding how causes and diagnoses or

assessments and treatments for psychological disorders have developed. In other words, what claims are made by the research about how

psychological disorders are diagnosed in individuals? About how individuals with psychological disorders are treated?

B. Summarize the claims made by the authors of the foundational research presented in the course regarding how biological, psychological, or

sociocultural factors contribute to the development of psychological disorders.

C. Explain how the view of psychopathology has evolved over the history of abnormal psychology. Be sure to support your analysis with examples

from research to support your claim.

D. Explain the conclusions you can reach about research in abnormal psychology. In other words, explain what we know about psychopathology, based on your review of the research presented in the course. Be sure to support your analysis with examples from research to support your claim.

E. Describe the specific research designs used in the foundational research presented in the course used to address research questions. For

example, what were the specific methods used to address the research question? What type of research design was used?

F. Explain how research designs were used by authors to conduct research in abnormal psychology. In other words, how did the research designs

used by researchers help in conducting research regarding abnormal psychology?

G. Discuss how issues of ethics have been addressed in the foundational research presented in the course. For example, how did the authors

inform the participants of what the experiment would entail? How did the authors account for any potential risks to participants associated with

the study?

H. Discuss how issues of ethics in abnormal psychology have been viewed historically. In other words, how have issues of ethics in the field been

viewed over time? Has this view changed as the field has progressed? Be sure to support your response with examples from research to support your claims.

 

 

 

 

Rubric

Guidelines for Submission: Use the Literature Review Template to complete this milestone. Use APA-style references. Each literature review should be 2-4 pages in length.

Critical Elements Exemplary (100%) Proficient (85%) Needs Improvement (55%) Not Evident (0%) Value

Literature Review:

Diagnoses and

Treatments

Meets “Proficient”

criteria, and analysis

demonstrates an astute

ability to interpret claims

made in psychological

research

Summarizes the evidence

presented in the

foundational research

presented in the course

regarding how causes and

diagnoses or assessments

and treatments for

psychological disorders have

developed

Summarizes the evidence

presented in the foundational

research presented in the

course regarding how causes

and diagnoses or assessments

and treatments for

psychological disorders have

developed, but summary is

cursory or contains

inaccuracies

 

Does not summarize the

evidence presented in the

foundational research

presented in the course

regarding how causes and

diagnoses or assessments

and treatments for

psychological disorders have

developed.

12

Literature Review:

Biological, Psychological,

or Sociocultural Factors

Meets “Proficient”

criteria, and analysis

demonstrates an astute

ability to interpret claims

made in psychological

research

Summarizes the evidence

presented in the

foundational research

presented in the course

regarding how biological,

psychological, or

sociocultural factors

contribute to the

development of

psychological disorders

Summarizes the evidence

presented in the foundational

research presented in the course

regarding how biological,

psychological, or sociocultural

factors contribute to the

development of psychological

disorders, but summary is

cursory or contains inaccuracies

Does not summarize the

evidence presented in the

foundational research

presented in the course

regarding how biological,

psychological, or

sociocultural factors

contribute to the

development of

psychological disorders

12

Literature Review: History Meets “Proficient” criteria,

and explanation

demonstrates keen insight

into how the view of

psychopathology has

evolved over the history of

the field

Explains how the view of

psychopathology has evolved

over the history of the field

using examples from the

research

Explains how the view of

psychopathology has evolved

over the history of the field, but

explanation is cursory, or lacks

examples from research

Does not explain how the

view of psychopathology has

evolved over the history of

the field

12

 

 

 

 

Literature Review:

Abnormal Psychology

Meets “Proficient”

criteria, and response

demonstrates an astute

ability to interpret claims

made in psychological

research

Explains the conclusions

that can be reached about

abnormal psychology, based

on analysis of the research

presented in the course,

using examples from the

research

Explains the conclusions that can

be drawn about abnormal

psychology presented in the

course, but explanation is

cursory, contains inaccuracies, or

lacks examples from research

Does not explain the

conclusions that can be drawn

about abnormal psychology

12

Literature Review:

Research Designs

Meets “Proficient”

criteria, and response

demonstrates an astute

ability to interpret

psychological research

Describes the specific

research designs used in the

foundational research

presented in the course

used to address research

questions

Describes the research designs

used in the foundational

research presented in the

course used to address research

questions, but description is

cursory or contains inaccuracies,

or response does

not reference specific

research designs from the

research

Does not describe the

research designs used in the

foundational research

presented in the course

used to address research

questions

12

Literature Review:

Conduct Research

Meets “Proficient”

criteria, and explanation

demonstrates keen

insight into how

researchers use research

designs to better conduct

research

Explains how research

designs were used by

authors in the research

presented in the course to

conduct research

Explains how research designs

were used by authors in the

research presented in the

course to conduct research, but

explanation is cursory or

contains inaccuracies

Does not explain how

research designs were used

by authors in the research

presented in the course to

conduct research

10

Literature Review: Issues of

Ethics

Meets “Proficient”

criteria, and discussion

demonstrates keen

insight into how the

authors of the research

presented in the course

addressed issues of ethics

Discusses how issues of

ethics have been addressed

in the foundational research

presented in the course,

using examples from the

research

Discusses how issues of ethics

have been addressed in the

foundational research

presented in the course but

discussion is cursory, contains

inaccuracies, or lacks examples

from research

Does not discuss how issues

of ethics have been

addressed in the

foundational research

presented in the course

10

Literature Review:

Viewed

Meets “Proficient”

criteria, and discussion

demonstrates a nuanced

understanding of how

the views and

approaches to ethical

issues in the field have

changed over time

Discusses how issues of

ethics in abnormal

psychology have been

viewed historically, using

examples from the research

Discusses how issues of ethics in

abnormal psychology have been

viewed historically, but

discussion is cursory, contains

inaccuracies, or lacks examples

from research

Does not discuss how

issues of ethics in

abnormal psychology

have been viewed

historically

10

 

 

 

 

Articulation of Response Submission is free of errors

related to citations,

grammar, spelling, syntax,

and organization and is

presented in a professional

and easy-to read format

Submission has no major

errors related to references,

grammar, spelling, syntax,

or organization

Submission has major errors

related to references,

grammar, spelling, syntax, or

organization that negatively

impact readability and

articulation of main ideas

Submission has critical

errors related to references,

grammar, spelling, syntax,

or organization that prevent

understanding of ideas

10

Total 100%

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