One forum each week. Forums 2-15 focus on the student’s plan of action for coursework completion. Students will need to update the plan every week. Participation in all forums is required for successful completion of the term. The plan of action forums are grouped into weeks for grading. Failure to complete any part of the plan will result in a 0.
Week 1 Assignment: Formal Thesis Proposal
The Formal Thesis Proposal must be approved before moving forward with any other steps in the literature review. The proposal includes the title, thesis statement, and a description of what you are going to research and why you are researching it. It also includes an explanation of what you anticipate learning, how it applies to your professional interests, and its relevance to the field of psychology. The proposal must be relevant to graduate courses within your concentration at APUS. The proposal should be between 5-7 pages and completed by Sunday 11:55 PM EST. A title page, reference page, and general APA formatting are required. Please note that once a topic is approved, changes are not permitted.
Week 3 Assignment: Annotated Bibliography
An annotated bibliography is an APA formatted listing and description of the sources used to develop the Integrated Project Literature Review. No further coursework will be accepted unless this assignment is submitted in Week 3.
Peer-reviewed and evidence-based articles (articles published in academic journals) must be used for the annotated bibliography. Each article must be a primary source, that is a single experiment conducted by the article author(s) only. Articles cannot be used if the author is writing about a topic in an essay style and/or if the article includes citations of multiple other authors’ articles or summaries of multiple study findings in the same article.
The Week 3 Annotated Bibliography must include 24 peer-reviewed, evidence-based articles formatted as per APA guidelines. The annotated bibliography should be titled “References” centered at the top of the page, followed by the full APA citation of the article and a paragraph (4-6 sentences) describing the following:
1. Purpose of the study
4. Relevance to the thesis topic
These paragraphs must be written in the student’s own words. Quoting is not permitted for this assignment.
The annotated bibliography should be completed by Sunday 11:55 PM EST. A title page, reference page, and general APA formatting are required.
Week 4 Assignment: Literature Review Outline
To develop a focused, thorough literature review, it is important to develop an outline to guide your work and organization throughout the process. The outline is an evolving document. As you progress through the course, you will likely adapt and revise the outline. The outline should be structured in a sentence outline format, with the identification of major points/themes and support for these points. Additional guidance and examples can be found in the APUS Writing Center at https://www.apus.edu/apus-library/resources-services/Writing/writing-center/the-writing-process.html
The outline should be completed by Sunday 11:55 PM EST. A title page, reference page, and general APA formatting are required.
Week 11 Assignment -1st Rough Draft
The first draft of your literature review is due. This will allow you to receive substantive, detailed feedback from your instructor. The 30-40 page draft should be completed by Sunday 11:55 PM EST. General APA formatting is required. The rough draft should include all the elements of the final literature review. Details are provided in the Assignment tab.
Week 13 Assignment -Revised Draft
The revised draft of your literature review is due. This will allow you to receive substantive, detailed feedback from your instructor. The 30-40 page draft should be completed by Sunday 11:55 PM EST. General APA formatting is required.
The revised draft should include all the elements of the final literature review, with revised areas in track changes. Details are provided in the Assignment tab.
Week 15 - Final Integrative Capstone Literature Review
The 30-40 page Final Integrative Capstone Literature Review should be submitted by Sunday at 11:55pm EST. Details are provided in the Assignment tab.
Grading Scale: See the link http://www.apus.edu/student-handbook/grading/index.htm for the APUS grading scale.
Graduate students must earn a B- (80%) or better on their Capstone paper and a B- (80%) or better in their Capstone course to pass. Graduate students must have at least a 3.0 GPA to graduate.