Answer & Explanation:Final Research Paper:
This final research paper is a team project. Students are randomly grouped in iLearn. Please
check the Group area to check your assigned group. The contributions of all team members to
the assignment must be posted in the team’s study group conference. The study group discussion
forum is the place for the instructor to ascertain each team member’s contribution and
participation. If students use other methods for collaboration, they should first get permission
from their instructor, and then clarify in the study group discussion area each member’s
contribution by posting copies of all electronic communication and collaboration in case of a
At the end, students will submit peer assessment form rating self and team members. Those team
members contributing less than their fair share of effort will see their individual grades reduced
Each teams is required to complete this two-part final research project as follows:
A. Research Paper Proposal:
Prior to writing your Final Research Paper, each team is required to develop a research proposal.
The research paper proposal should state what research question will be answered (or what
research problem will be addressed) by the analysis your paper proposes to perform. In
other words, your proposal should define the focus of the paper by stating a research
question or describing a research problem to be analyzed in relevant to key topics covered in
this course. It should also explain what types of resources and references will be used to
perform the analysis to answer your selected research question or address the stated research
To begin your preliminary literature search, the proposal will include a preliminary list of at
least three (3) relevant references from credible peer reviewed sources. Papers you select must be
current, published since 2014. The UC Library provides myriad of online resources to assist
students with proper research. It is anticipated that reputable Internet sources will also be
helpful and appropriate. The proposal should not exceed two (2) pages.
Instructor will review and provide feedback to each group on their research proposals. The
purpose of instructor’s feedback is to provide comments on the appropriateness of your proposed
topic, topic’s coverage (both breadth and depth), as well as research approach, sufficiently early
in the course to allow for topic revision if necessary.
Please submit it via your assignment folder as a Microsoft .doc attachment by the end of week 3
B. Final Research Paper
The length of final research paper must be at least 1800 words. The paper must follow the
American Psychological Association (APA) style of writing. Use double spaced APA style.
Ensure to include at least six (6) APA-compliant references and corresponding in-text citations.
Most references must be current/recent, published since 2014.
Papers must include a Cover Page, Table of Contents, APA compliant in-text citations and list of
References, and page numbers. The word count begins with the Introduction and ends with the
Conclusions and Recommendations.
The emphasis of paper must be analytical, i.e. the paper should pose a research question or
problem, and attempt to answer the question or problem with an analysis of available sources and
reference material, as well as team members’ own perspective(s).
Research paper must NOT seek merely to summarize the relevant details of a topic, even if that
topic is new to the writer. The value in this assignment is in reaching a sufficient understanding
of a set of material to allow you to provide an informed opinion on some application of the
material to a specific issue.
The Final Research Paper will be graded against the following criteria:
Clear research question or research problem statement to be analyzed and
its relevance: 15%
Content (depth and accuracy of information and analysis): 40%
Recommendations and conclusions supported by research and analysis: 15%
Clarity, Organization, grammar and spelling: 15%
APA Style: 15%
Each group will submit their research proposal and final research paper as a group. Please be
sure to spell check and carefully proof read your paper prior to submitting it.
Check for plagiarism BEFORE submitting!! Submit your paper to Safe Assign. Safe Assign will
be used to analyze each paper for any plagiarism. For guidance to avoid plagiarism, please check
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