Assignment: Presсrіption Drug Addiction
Assignment: Presсrіption Drug Addiction
Here is what the rubric for the essay included. The Topic I am doing is Presсrіption Drug
addiction. It has to be APA style, and this professor is VERY strict about essay level,
paragraph level, and sentence level. If the essay is not structure as he provided below he
grades it poorly. You do not have to worry about the title page I can fill that out, but if you
include the abstract and sources you have used that would be great. 1. Intro: Tell me about
your chosen discipline and present your chosen topic. End with a thesis that tells me who
this problem hurts and who it benefits. 2. Definition/Setup a. Describe your topic: Explain
what your topic is and why it’s a problem for society today. What are some of the ways that
this impacts the world? b. Explain the source: When did this problem begin? What caused it?
Has it gotten better or worse over time? 3. Group 1 – Those the problem hurts a. Explain
who the group is: Explain who this problem impacts most. Pay special attention to people
with differing racial/ethnic identities, socioeconomic classes, gender expressions, sexualities,
religions, ages, political beliefs, etc. Consider which career groups or interest groups would
be most hurt by the problem. Why does the problem affect these groups more than others?
b. Explain how it hurts them: Does it affect them financially/economically? Does it impact
their mental/physical/emotional health and wellness? Does it hurt their social standing? Does
it impact their access to politics/power? Why is this the case? 4. Group 2 – Those who
benefit from the problem a. Explain who the group is: In this section, consider what groups
would benefit from this problem. Why might these groups have something to gain? Consider
all of the same types of groups as above. b. Explain how it benefits them: Why might these
groups want this problem to continue existing? Do they benefit financially/economically? Is
there a social incentive? Do they have anything to gain politically? Would they do anything to
make sure that this problem isn’t solved? Could this problem exist on purpose? Why is this
the case? 5. Outro: Conclude by reinforcing what you’ve said above – tell me who the
biggest victims are and tell me who the biggest beneficiaries are. Do we learn something
interesting about the problem if we compare these two groups? Does this help us
understand why the problem exists in the first place? Or maybe why it hasn’t been solved?
Tips for this Assignment o Spend some time thinking about which discipline you’d like to
explore first and foremost. This may be the field of study you’re currently in, or it could be
something totally new to you. After you’ve selected a discipline, spend some time thinking
about social issues and other newsworthy topics. Late-night shows like Last Week Tonight
with John Oliver can be a great way to get introduced to topics you might not have otherwise
considered. o Your introduction should provide me with some information about the
discipline you’ve chosen (consider mentioning specific majors or careers in your discipline),
and it should briefly cover the topic you’re considering in your paper. Your thesis should tell
me about the victims and the beneficiaries – consider why that might be the case. o As you
write your essay, pay special attention to the outline I’ve given you. Your topic sentences
should make it very clear that you’re following this structure. Answer the questions provided
in each bullet point, and support your ideas with information from outside sources (using
APA to avoid plagiarism of course). o The tone for this assignment is especially important to
consider. You should remain unbiased in how you present your information. You should
choose a topic that resonates with you, and write about it fairly. o You will be able to use this
essay for some of your later assignments, so make sure you take your time with it. Being
lazy now can hurt you when it comes time to do your second paper and even when you start
working on the final research project. This paper must be 4-5 pages long, and it must be
written using APA Style. You must use at least 3 outside sources (one for each section). You
must have a title page, abstract, and references page for this assignment
You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CLASS
Discussion Questions (DQ)
Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality
Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes
I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.
Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.