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PSYC102 General Psychology Written Assignment Instructions

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to assess your critical thinking, writing, information literacy, and technological competency.


1. Identify a theory or concept in the textbook (pick something you disagree with or something you might mostly agree with but would change a part of it based on your experience).

2. Explain the theory or concept (definition, key points).

3. Does the theory or concept fit with your experience? Why not? (Give specific real-life examples from your own life that demonstrate the theory or concept you picked does not work for you).

4. What would you change about the theory or concept to make it more applicable to your understanding of human behavior/mental processes? Use a peer-reviewed research article to support your changes. The peer-reviewed research article must be from a different subfield of psychology than the theory or concept subject you are disagreeing with (for example, personality versus health psychology). Or, the article can be from another closely related area, for example, health sciences, biology, sociology, or anthropology.

5. What have you learned from the theory or concept? How will you apply that new knowledge to your everyday life?

Additional Instructions:

Include a REFERENCE page (you do NOT need an abstract as some APA articles have).

You can take the Academic Integrity/Plagiarism Tutorial and the APA Citations tutorial (available at the library website under “Quizzes and Tutorials”) to learn more about the academic integrity and the APA style.

Use the textbook and at least one peer-reviewed journal article to support your points. A peer-reviewed journal can be found on the PsycArticles database at the MC Library.

You must use APA style and cite the article or book whenever you write something that is not your own idea.

The paper should be at least 3 (three) pages in length (not including title page and reference page), double spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman, APA style.

If you need assistance with this paper, please contact the Writing Center, the Academic Success Center, and the Library (see PSYC102 Resources for Students folder in Blackboard Course Content).

The following website will be useful in finding a research article:

Grading Rubric:

Total 20 points

A theory or concept identified and its main points explained – 4 points

Examples from real life provided to discuss the theory or concept – 4 points

Changes to the theory or concept proposed based on the peer-reviewed research article – 4 points

One thing learned from the theory or concept and one example of how to apply that new knowledge to everyday life – 4 points

APA style and format – 2 points

References – 2 points.

Emailed papers will not be accepted. I will need stapled (or paper clip) papers handed in to me in class the day it is due for full credit. You MUST also upload your paper to Blackboard.

Upload your paper in Blackboard following the simple steps provided below:

1. In Course Content, click on PSYC102 Written Assignment folder.

2. Find the page “PSYC102 General Psychology Written Assignment” and click on it.

3. Click “Browse My Computer” and attach your paper.

4. Click “I agree to submit my paper(s) to the Global Reference Database.”

5. Click “Submit.”

6. When asked to confirm if you want to submit your paper, click “OK.”

7. Wait until your similarity score appears in your submission and if it is over 20%, go back to your paper in your computer, paraphrase more, and resubmit your paper. Check your similarity score again and make sure that it is 20% or less. You can resubmit your paper as many times as it is necessary to reduce the similarity score to 20%. Assignments with the similarity score over 20% will not be graded as that will be considered plagiarism.

Due date Monday, April 30, 2018, 11:59 pm. There will be no extension of the due date for this assignment. Late papers will not be accepted.The papers will be graded after the due date.

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