To prepare for this assignment, please read Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct  and “Journalism’s Summer of Sin Marked by Plagiarism, Fabrication, Obfuscation”. Finally, review Instructor Guidance and Announcements. 

Thus, in this activity, you will apply ethical considerations by relating course content to a realistic scenario.

  • First, locate a scholarly article in the Ashford Library.  This source can be on any topic you choose.  You may wish to utilize recommended articles for this course, or you may instead locate an article that includes information that aligns with your own interests.
  • Next, copy and paste either the abstract or one paragraph from the body of your selected article into your paper with the heading “Original Work”. 
  • Then, write a paragraph in which you paraphrase under the heading “Paraphrased Paragraph”. 
    • Be sure to avoid the common mistakes outlined by Turnitin.
    • Apply in-text citations appropriately.
    • Remember to include a separate reference page with the full citation information for your selected article, formatted according to APA guidelines.
  • Then, reflect on this topic using your own academic voice and applying in-text citations.  Relate your thoughts under the heading “Reflection”.  In your reflection (4-5 paragraphs), address the following:
  • Illustrate how plagiarism, even when unattended, violates the ethical responsibility of a psychology student or professional. 
    • Predict potential consequences to other persons (e.g., research participants, patients, clients, students, etc.) when this violation occurs. 
    • Apply this knowledge to your own personal area of interest as identified in the Introduction Discussion.  What additional ethical concerns are or will be especially relevant to you given your aspirations?

The Assignment

  • Must be at least two to three double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate title page (APA style) that includes the following:
    • A header
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  • Must utilize academic voice.
  • Must paraphrase material, avoiding direct quotes. 
  • Must address the topic with critical thought.
  • Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms the thesis.
  • Must use, at minimum, the APA Code of Ethics and the chosen article as sources.  Additional scholarly sources are encouraged.  Be sure tointegrate your research smoothly rather than simply inserting it.  
    • The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types.  If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor.  Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined here and here
  • Must include a separate reference page that is formatted according to APA style. 
  • Must be submitted to Grammarly for review and correction prior to submitting.

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