DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CREATIVE INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT
TOTAL: 230 points
Proposal: 15 points
Project: 200 points: Body: 100: References: 25; Citations: 25: Creativity: 30; Professionalism: 20 Summary: 15 points
TOPIC SUGGESTIONS: These are examples of commonly chosen topics; however you are encouraged to develop your own original perspective and topic. Please do not interpret this as your having to use more than one of the topics discussed. Although some projects evolve into a multi-faceted approach, you are only required to choose one approach.
CASE STUDY: You may know someone who is currently suffering from a disorder; someone in your family history; you want to hypothesize about someone with characteristics which you think may indicate the possibility of a disorder; or if you are living with or have overcome a psychological challenge, you may benefit by combining the background material from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM V) (required), along with other reputable sources.
The creative/original component will be the background story, history, symptoms, recovery, etc. Some individuals are willing to participate in the study; other subjects need to be researched privately. Only you and I will read this information, so confidentiality is guaranteed and your summary on the discussion board can be masked to protect your or your subject’s identity.
Examples: A student who was able to spend a day with Marilyn Manson and interview him about his ‘two personalities’; a student who purchased a psychic reading from someone he considered to have ‘schizotypal personality disorder’ and was able to interview family members and other clients; students have done case studies of family members, self, and friends which have covered the spectrum from PSTD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) from a variety of sources including serving in wars, being raped and other abuse, experiencing traumas; OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorders), any number of phobias; mood disorders such as Bi polar disorder, depression, complicated grief; individuals who attempted or discussing those who had committed suicide; individuals with eating or sexual disorders; those with Autism, (ADD/ADHD) Attention Deficit and/or Hyperactivity Disorders; Schizophrenia; Personality Disorders; and dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease.
PERSONAL GROWTH AND HEALING: If you have a current challenge which fits into the course content, you are encouraged to develop a 30 day program for self-improvement. You would discuss the challenge, create a plan of action which could include attending groups, seeking individual therapy, reading, watching documentaries or attending workshops, while tracking your progress, providing rewards and consequences and reporting on your outcomes. In this short period, for some people awareness and commitment are their outcome; for others, a significant shift in behavior and attitude can occur, and there have been more than a few miracles coming out of these projects.
Examples: A student who sought treatment for and overcame her phobia of cotton balls. A student
in a serious car accident received EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and was able to drive again. Another student set up a behavior change program to end his online pornography addiction. A student attended an out-patient program for eating disorders and researched and measured her progress. Another student overcame her fear of flying through systematic desensitization and therapy and ultimately took a short plane trip alone to prove her successful recovery.
NOTE: There is a recommended Behavior Change proposal and project template to assist you; this is located in the Prof Jan’s Comments area
CUTTING EDGE RESEARCH: There must be creative element in this type of project. For example, just researching Mindfulness for Depression, you would need to implement a process with yourself or another person; not just provide the research.
Examples: Students have explored the whether prayer, meditation, and faith can assist in overcoming psychological challenges. Students have explored dance, art, and music therapy and done experiments and surveys with others. One student used art therapy with her grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease. Students have utilized the current topics of Positive Psychology and the Law of Attraction to help them change their behavior and attitude. A topic like Internet Addictive Disorders could offer a myriad of topics for online surveys and interviews, such as Addiction to Facebook. One student experimented with various herbal supplements, such as SAM-E and St. John’s Wort to see if they were effective in relieving her depression and anxiety. One student researched Post-Partum Depression in Men and interviewed several new fathers.
Examples: A probation officer in the class interviewed an incarcerated female and prison employees about her PTSD. A student volunteered at a homeless shelter to determine if he located people who fir the DSM criteria for Schizophrenia. Students have worked and volunteered at schools for children with Autism and ADD/ADHD. A student who was a detective located and interview two individuals he had known who had since succumbed to meth addiction and noted the ravages of the drug on their physical, mental, and criminal state.
ORIGINAL RESEARCH: This is an area of fertile ground for you to design and administer your own survey or experimental project. Ethics are of the highest concern and no project which could cause any kind of harm or humiliation is acceptable.
Survey: Begin with your hypothesis or reason for selecting the topic and conclude with whether or you’re your hypothesis was supported by the research you gathered and the survey findings. Many students have used “Survey Monkey” to create an approximately 10 – 12 questions survey and post it on the internet. Surveys can be administered in other formats as well. You are recommended to use open ended and multiple choice questions to gain more information, rather than yes/no.
You will need to get some demographics; age, sex, etc. but those are not the survey questions per se.
You are required to use a minimum of50 subjects so that you can have a reasonable amount of data from which to compile your results. The more substantive the survey, the fewer subjects; however unless they are more like mini interviews, I wouldn’t use than 25 individuals For a widespread and in less depth survey, I would recommend 100 subjects prefer a chart or a graph showing the results as well as logs and discuss the findings in the content of the paper.
Examples: One student returned to his former high school and interviewed 100 students as to their sexual activity and grouped them by Goth, Jocks, Geeks, etc. Other students have surveyed binge drinking in college students and even the prevalence in certain cultural groups or genders; students have surveyed individuals about online usage and how it affects their personal, school and work lives; students have done surveys about the possible addiction to tattooing and the reasons for and degree to which people choose to get tattoos, from cultural, esteem, sexual attractiveness, addiction to pain chemicals, attention seeking, permanent history, memorializing people, pets, events, identification, etc.
FORM AND CONTENT OF THE CREATIVE INVESTIGATIVE PROJECT
Body of the Paper 100 points
No Abstract required.
Cover page: I require a cover page, although your project will be uploaded in the drop box. Please include:
Title of the Paper, Your Name, Course name & number, Instructor Name, Date, Word Count (1250 min.) Margins: 1” for all 4 margins. First page is 1 1⁄4”
Font: not to exceed 12 pt. using more standard fonts and 14 pt. for smaller fonts.
*Number pages: If your cover page is numbered as page 1, you need pages 2 -6 to be complete pages of text and page 7 will be References/Works cited page.
Minimum required length: Five, double spaced pages are required, with 250 words per page, for a total of 1,250 words minimum. Word count does not include cover page or References/Works cited page. Do not double, double space between paragraphs.
Investigative/Creative ratio: Depending on the topic and style, some papers are split between the facts and the original element. I require a minimum of two (2) pages for the original element or creativity points will be reduced. One paragraph, a few random statements through the paper or one page is too little of the creative element; that is heart of the paper. If you can use your data, citations, DSM criteria, quotes, etc.in less than 2 1⁄2 pages, your original portion can exceed two pages.
Citations: 5 citations @ 5pt. = 25 points
In order to fulfill the investigative portion of the paper, you are required to use five (5) references within the paper including: quotes, statistics, definitions and paraphrasing and a citation using correct form must be included within the content. Please use the information from the style you chose.
Note: Only professionals in relevant fields who are interviewed may be used as a citation and a reference. Use your styles’ to cite the name of the professional, indication of how information was received and date. Your subjects are not valid as references; their words are not valid as citations.
References/Works Cited Page: Minimum 5 references@ 5 pts. each = 25 points
This must be a separate page following the body of the paper and any supplementary materials you include. The words do not count as part of the word count. Please use the appropriate form for the MLA or APA style. When using Internet sites; please use more than the link. For example:
APA Format: An online periodical – Author, date of article. Title of article. Name of publication (online serial) and the web address, as well as date retrieved (in parenthesis).
A source on the World Wide Web: Name of the site followed by (online) Web address followed by the date you accessed the information (in parenthesis).
NOTE: If you discuss a Disorder and don’t use any of the DSM IV-TR or V criteria, you will lose 5 points.
Types of References: The textbook may serve as one reference; any discussion of a disorder requires the use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) V. You don’t necessarily need to use the entire description; however you must use citations when referring to this information. There are several ways to find DSM criterion; some is in the book; in other resources; on the American Psychiatric Association’s website (APA); and there is a summarized link in the Psych Info & Handouts page, books, articles from magazines and journals, documentaries or videos, professionals in the field, and reputable Internet site. Use the source in your References/Works Cited page. As mentioned above, only a professional in a specific field, such as a mental health or medical professional may be used. Please include their title, name/location of business, and interview date(s) in the reference. Neither you nor I are references. Unacceptable References: Wikipedia, other psychology textbooks which are general in nature, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and only using Internet references. Points will be deducted for incorrect style or unacceptable references. Most GWC courses require either the MLA or the APA styles.
Creativity/Originality: 30 points
A minimum of two full pages of original content is required to receive the points or more. Some
students have selected creative topics and then fully researched them without any of their own presence or any original content included in the paper and have lost 30 points. You may be as creative as you desire as long as the investigative criteria is met. Creative and original means using a new approach, idea, concept or gathering of original information. You may utilize any creative media you choose Note: Some students have birthed their Master’s Degree thesis from this project; others found their niche in the field of psychology, and I suggested to some students that they try to publish or at least share their projects due to the valuable nature of their work.
Professionalism: 20 points
This is an area where spelling, grammar, punctuation, and all of the requirements discussed in the other sections of the CIP instructions are either rewarded or points are reduced. Be mindful of spell and grammar check and remember the word count on the cover page.
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