Length: 5-7 pages (1500-2000 words) excluding cover page, abstract, and references
Purpose: Argument—addresses a debatable topic on an original, new, and/or fresh issue in Medical Ethics.
Audience: General, college level, academic (third person only!)
Organization: Classical Argument
Sources: 10-20+ sources; minimum of 5+ must be academic.
Format: APA 6th Edition
Step 1: Due Week #1 (10 points)
Research Question, Working Thesis, and a current, relevant story from the news for your introduction.
Step 2: Due Week #3 (20 points)
Research Question, Working Thesis, and an APA formatted Working Bibliography: at least 10 sources (5 academic; 5 additional) you plan to consult.
Step 3: Due Week #5 (20 points)
Research Question, Thesis Statement, APA abstract and a complete, detailed Outline.
Step 4: Due Week #7 (200 points)
Final Draft submitted to the Dropbox
Step 5: Due Week #9 (50 points)
PowerPoint Presentation of Research Paper is due in the dropbox by Wednesday. Presentation in class on Saturday.
The Structure of a Classical Argument
From Lynn Troyka Handbook for Writers
Introductory paragraph: Sets the stage for the position argued in the essay. It gains the reader’s interest and respect.
Thesis statement: States the topic and position you want to argue. It should be the last sentence of your first paragraph.
Background information: Gives readers the basic information they need for understanding your thesis and its support. As appropriate, you might include definitions of key terms, historical or social context, prior scholarship, and other related material.
Evidence and reasons: Supports the position you’re arguing on the topic. This is the core of the essay. Each reason or piece of evidence usually consists of a general statement backed up with specific details and examples. Evidence needs to meet the standards for critical thinking and reasoning to be logical. Depending on the length of your essay, you might devote one or two paragraphs to each reason or type of evidence. For organization, you might choose to present the most familiar reasons and evidence first, saving the most unfamiliar reasons and evidence for last. Alternatively, you might proceed from the least important to the most important point so that your essay builds to a climax, leaving the most powerful impact for the end.
Response to opposing position: Sometimes referred to as the rebuttal or refutation. This material mentions and defends against an opposite point of view. Often this refutation, which can be lengthy or brief according to the overall length of the essay, appears in its own paragraph or paragraphs, usually immediately before the concluding paragraph or immediately following the introductory paragraph, as a bridge to the rest of the essay. Another choice for structure consists of each paragraph’s presenting one type of evidence or reason and then immediately stating and responding to the opposing position.
Concluding paragraph: Ends the essay logically and gracefully—never abruptly. It often summarizes the argument, elaborates its significance, or calls readers to action.
A source is “any form of information that provides ideas, examples, information, or evidence.” A primary source is an original work created by groups or individuals being studied, including original documents, letters, diaries, poems, books, paintings, artwork, films, news footage, etc. Nothing stands between you and a primary source. “A secondary source reports, describes, comments on, or analyzes someone else’s work.” When completed, your research paper will be a secondary source (Troyka 512).
Plagiarism is the intended or unintended use of someone else’s words and/or ideas as your own. Troyka says “plagiarism occurs when you take ideas or words from a source without revealing that you used a source” (17). In academia, you must always reveal your source
Question of Policy: Should Nurses Falsely mislead Dementia sufferers to prevent pt bereavement?
Thesis Statement: Nurses should not falsely mislead Dementia sufferers to prevent pt bereavement.
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