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Portfolio Assignment 2 GEY 4612 Psychology of AgingPlease select one of the questions below as the focus of your assignment.What factors predict whether older people who die from cancer have a
“good death”, e.g. being relatively free from pain and having their
wishes met? Is hospice use associated with having a “good death”?Using the topic you selected, identify a peer reviewed research
article that is relevant to your topic. The article you identify might
not address all of the questions included in the question but should be
relevant. This should be an empirical article that reports on data collected from participants. It should NOT
be a review article, systematic review, or meta-analysis, all of which
do not include data collection from participants, and instead summarize
research on a topic by reviewing multiple articles.In order to provide some assurance that this is actually a peer
reviewed article, and to set a somewhat arbitrary quality threshold, the
article should be included in the listing of ISI Web of Science
journals, and should have been published in a journal with an Impact Factor of at least 2.0. The article should have been published in 2013 or later.Your assignment should include:A cover page, stating the research question that
you are addressing (from the list of five possible topics), the
reference in APA format, and a link to the online source (be sure that
the web link works), and the Impact Factor of the journal (state your
source for this Impact Factor). We will review the use of Impact Factors
and how to find them during class, but in brief, there are three ways
to identify Impact Factors: a. Using the Web of Science page, b. Finding
it on the journal web page, or 3. Doing a google search for “impact
factor” and the name of the journal.Then, in an essay of at least three full additional pages (no more than 5!), pleaseSummarize the methodology and results of the article (each should be about ¾ a page, or 1.5 pages total)
a) Discuss how highly you would rate the article on each
element of the TRAAP Test (timeliness, relevance, authority, accuracy,
and purpose), b) a justification each rating, and c)
any strengths or limitations on these points. You should also provide a
general summary of the source based on these areas. Your review of the
TRAAP test can be much briefer than what was expected on the first
portfolio assignment, this review can be done in ½ a page.
A statement about the strengths and weaknesses of the methodology of this journal article (at least half a page), andA summary of how well this article addresses the research question that is your focus (at least half a page).
Use APA format wherever this is relevant. You will not be graded on
your use of APA format but you will receive feedback on this if you use
it improperly. Note that to address some of the elements of the TRAAP
Test, you will have to do some additional research beyond what is in the
article (e.g. to see if there are other versions available, to comment
about the source).Outline (3-5 pages total NOT including the cover page):Cover page
State research questionArticle reference in APA formatLink to online source (make sure link works)Impact Factor of the journalState your source for the Impact Factor
Summarize methodology and results of article (1.5 pages)
About ¾ a page for the methodology (do not need specific details such as what statistical tests were used)About ¾ a page for the results
TRAAP test (½ page)
Rate each TRAAP point on a scale of 1-5Justify each ratingAddress strengths and limitations on these pointsGeneral summary sentence on source based on TRAAP points
Strengths and weaknesses of methodology (½ page)
At least ½ a page analyzing any strengths and weaknesses of the methodology of the journal article.
Summary of how well it addresses question (½ page)
At least ½ a page addresses how well you think this article addresses the question you are focusing on.
Some Ground Rules: The assignment should be typed in Word, double-spaced with one inch
margins, and use 12 point font. All assignments will be due by midnight
of the due date. No exceptions. The due date for each assignment is
listed on the detailed instructions for the portfolio in Canvas. You are
responsible for keeping track of when the assignments are due and for
submitting them on time. All assignments must be submitted via Canvas. I
do not accept assignments via e-mail unless Canvas is no longer
accepting submissions, or if I have given you the opportunity to rewrite
your paper. If you are new to Canvas, I urge you to submit your
assignments well before the deadline, so that you can get help from USF
IT Help. The assignment should be submitted through Canvas. You will find the
links for assignments under “Assignments” on the left-hand side of your
screen in Canvas. As you complete the assignments for your portfolio, please try to
avoid using stereotypes to describe older adults (e.g., all old people
are bad drivers; all older adults are senile). You can identify the
challenges associated with growing older but try to also focus on the
positive aspects of aging. I probably do not have to tell you this but
just in case… While you have a lot of freedom in completing the
assignments, please do not hand in material that is offensive. I want
you to have fun with this assignment but please be respectful in your
writing and in the article that you choose to focus on. Be a critical thinker as you explore information via the web. You
will be exploring journal articles, but remember, the fact that it has
been published does not make it true. Plagiarism will not be tolerated and can result in a failing grade
for your portfolio project (see syllabus for details on my policy on
academic dishonesty) and can lead to an FF in the course and even
dismissal from the university. To avoid plagiarizing, you should: 1)
write your own assignments, 2) give credit when citing information from
other sources (lectures, textbook, websites, newspaper etc.) by
including the name of the source in parentheses as part of the sentence,
and 3) when citing information from other sources put the information in your own words. I
highly recommend that you take notes when you read information, and
write a draft without the source in front of you, to avoid
unintentionally plagiarizing. In some cases, at my discretion, I may deduct points for minor
plagiarism. This will usually drop a grade on a paper by at least one
letter grade. I may also allow a student to rewrite a paper that
includes major plagiarism if I detect plagiarism that I believe is due
to carelessness. If I do so, I may require the student to meet with me
to review the paper. If I allow a rewrite, the student will receive a
penalty of at least two letter grades. As part of this, the student may
also be required to write a satisfactory essay on the topic of
plagiarism. Failure to properly rewrite the paper or to write a
satisfactory essay on plagiarism will result in a zero on the
assignment.
DO NOT USE LENGTHY OR FREQUENT QUOTATIONS FROM YOUR SOURCES! In
the past I have had a number of students who do not do the hard work of
paraphrasing, or putting information into their own words. Their papers
read like a “patchwork of quotations” instead of a paper based on
original work and thought. I know that students do this to technically
avoid plagiarism, but it is terrible writing! As you read research
articles throughout the semester, you will see that these articles
rarely use quotes. Because this is such a frequent problem, I am going
to set an arbitrary limit of ten words being within quotation marks within a paper.
Any more than this will lead to lowered grades. The best papers will
have NO quoted material. Part of what you must learn to develop your
writing is to paraphrase, which requires understanding the material
enough to do so. Please note: Your grade will be based both on the content (ability
to follow directions) and quality of your work. Be sure to be careful
with your writing. Avoid errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
You should start with an outline, write several drafts and proofread
your work. Use professional language, not slang. I have found that many
students have trouble with use of apostrophes. Here is a quick guide you
can use as a resource: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/621/01/ (Links
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If you think you could use help with your writing, make an appointment
with them early in the semester. I will provide extensive feedback on
the Portfolio papers, and may advise you to seek additional training on
your writing if I see problems and concerns.
If your submission is too short you risk losing points for not being thorough.
I suggest that you be sure to submit papers that fit at least the
minimum length specified, both for the overall paragraph and for the
individual elements.

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