The Research Paper will be worth 12% of your final course grade. The topic of the research paper will be any disease or condition of the body. The paper must include a thorough description of the disease/condition; current statistics of those affected; explanations on how the various body systems are affected; and any medications/treatments that are available, if any. The paper should be complete and the main body should be 1000-1500 words in length (excluding cover page, references, etc.).
Research Paper Guidelines
� Utilize APA Style format and references. See the Owl at Purdue site for help with APA formatting principles:
� Utilize at least five references (two of which must be from credible scientific organizations). You can use Internet articles, journals, text books, etc. In fact, I strongly recommend that you utilize the APUS Online Library for your research as they offer a plethora of reliable and pertinent research sources. You may access the Online Library by clicking on the �Online Library� link on the menu inside the electronic classroom. However, you should NEVER use Wikipedia for your research as anyone can alter the information on
this site making it a poor source of accurate information.
� Paper must be typed in MS Word. **PLEASE NOTE that you must submit your assignments as a �Microsoft Word� document rather than a Word
Pad, Works, etc. type of document, otherwise you will not receive credit for your work.
� Utilize one inch margins on all sides.
� Double-space your paper.
� Use either an Arial or Times New Roman font in a 10 or 12 point font.
� Include a cover page, an abstract, page headers, in-text citations, and a reference page.
� Submit a high-quality paper, free of spelling and grammatical errors; use your Spelling and Grammar checker in Word AND proofread
your final draft!!!
� Should be written in your own words; answers should not be copied from other sources – see section on plagiarism. Properly formatted
in- text citations and references are required as noted above.
Students will be graded on format, content, and grammar using the SCIN132 Research Paper Grade Sheet.
**Evaluation/Grading of the Research Paper: Points are allocated as follows (Total of 100 points):
A. Content/Subject Knowledge and Analysis – (65 points possible). Your paper should be pertinent to the subject matter and demonstrate
knowledge and understanding of the subject with an appropriate introduction, supporting paragraphs, and conclusions. The paper itself
should be between 1000-1500 words (not including cover page, references, etc.). Your paper should be written in your own words using
proper in-text citations when indicated. Please review the �Plagiarism� section located inside the APUS classroom under the �Policy�
link for details. You should use a minimum of five current and reliable sources for your research.
B. Format – (20 points possible). Your paper should contain a cover page, an abstract, a main body and a reference page. References
should be cited and properly listed in APA format. Whenever you write a paper based on the research of someone else�s work, you must
give credit to the original author. If you do not cite and document your sources carefully, you run the risk of plagiarism. In
addition, when you document papers correctly, you provide others with a way to find the sources you have used. I recommend you visit
the following web site (The Owl at Purdue) to learn how to properly cite your sources in the APA format:
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/. Your paper should be typewritten in double-spaced format using Arial or Times New
Roman styles in a 10 or 12-point black font. All page margins (left, right, top, and bottom) should be set to 1 inch.
C. Spelling/Grammar/Punctuation – (15 points possible).
**PLEASE NOTE that you must submit your research paper as a �Microsoft Word� document rather than a Word Pad, Works, etc. type of
document, otherwise you will not receive credit for your work.
**Please review the university-wide policy on Plagiarism in your student handbook and the section included in this syllabus. All
research papers will be submitted to a plagiarism detection website so it is imperative that your papers are your original work in your
original words. Don�t forget to utilize proper APA style in-text citations for any paraphrasing and/or direct quotes utilized in your
papers. Less than 10% of your paper should contain direct quotes and you should refrain from writing in the first person in the main
body of your formal papers. Plagiarism will result in a zero for the entire assignment, as well as a formal letter to Registrar�s
Office who will determine the next course of action, so make sure the work is your own.
All written submissions should be submitted in a font and page set-up that is readable and neat. It is recommended that students try to
adhere to a consistent format, which is described below.
� Typewritten in double-spaced format with a readable style and font and submitted inside the electronic classroom (unless classroom
access is not possible and other arrangements have been approved by the professor).
� Arial 10 or 12-point font or Times New Roman styles.
� Page margins Top, Bottom, Left Side and Right Side = 1 inch, with reasonable accommodation being made for special situations and
online submission variances.
CITATION AND REFERENCE STYLE
Assignments completed in a narrative essay or composition format must follow APA guidelines. This course will require students to use
the citation and reference style established by the American Psychological Association (APA), in which case students should follow the
guidelines set forth in Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). (2009). Washington, D.C.: American
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