Attached you will find the completed paper you are more than welcome to make changes as you see fit, Your primary job is take the paper and make the podcast
The class project for this course is a written report, accompanied by a PowerPoint or podcast presentation, that addresses the biological study of a specific behavioral or mental phenomenon (normal or pathological) covered in the readings and videos. Please select a behavioral or mental phenomenon such as language or schizophrenia and then select a biological strategy for investigating it, such as hormonal or genetic mechanisms, neurotransmitters, drug treatments, or localization of brain processes by imaging. Your written portion will be worth a maximum of 50 points, and the PowerPoint or podcast that accompanies it will be worth a maximum of 10 points. Thus, the project as a whole will be worth 60 points.
Written paper. As an example, the theme of your report might be imaging approaches to the study of schizophrenia. Your paper should summarize fundamental issues, questions, and controversies and provide a general overview of the topic using the biological line of investigation you chose. It should also elaborate on your understanding of the brain processes that are revealed through imaging research in schizophrenia. To accomplish this, you will have to use recent research articles (published within the last five years) to illustrate relevant points. You may use any of a number of electronic databases to find research articles that deal with your topic, including the library and the Internet. The one requirement for the research articles that you select is that two of them must have appeared in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. You may wish to consult with the library staff or your faculty member to confirm whether a particular journal is peer-reviewed.
Newspaper or magazine articles should not be used as your major reference, but they are sometimes useful when they lead you to the appropriate research article. You should avoid simply repeating the articles in summary form, but rather use them within the text of your paper to illustrate important points. You are welcome to discuss your choice of topic with your faculty member to make sure you are on the right track.
Your paper should be 1,600 words, or about 6 to 8 pages, in length (use the word count as a guide to length). It must be typed, double-spaced, with one-inch margins, and fully referenced in APA format (seehttp://www.apa.org). Please check the course schedule in this syllabus for the due date. The penalty for a late project is ten percent of the score on the project.
The text of your paper should be preceded by an abstract (about 100 words) that summarizes the key points in the paper (i.e., statement of problem, major findings, conclusions). Please post your abstract in the Weekly Bulletin Board conference for other class members to read, and respond to their abstracts for a stimulating discussion.
You may wish to submit a draft of your complete or near complete paper to the Effective Writing Center (EWC at http://www.umuc.edu/writingcenter/writingresources/faq.cfm ) for review and comment, prior to the due date of the paper. This should be submitted well in advance of the due date, in order for the EWC to respond and for you to make the necessary corrections. Once you receive feedback from the EWC, you can copy and paste it into a Word Document, then post it in your assignment folder with your project paper by the due date, for your instructor to view as necessary. The EWC can help address questions regarding format, structure, writing style, and appropriateness of references.
PowerPoint presentation. The PowerPoint presentation should summarize and illustrate the topic of your written paper. The main purpose of this is to familiarize you with the most widely used state-of-the-art presentation form, to augment information in the paper, and to share your work with other class members. The PowerPoint presentation should consist of a minimum of 6 slides of the area in your written report. If you do not have access to PowerPoint, you may use free, publicly available software such as Prezi or Open Office Impress instead.
Consider the following tips in preparing your presentation:
8.avoid ending your presentation abruptly—you might end your slide with a quote, a simple question, or the next steps
Podcast presentation. The podcast should be targeted to the public and should summarize and discuss the topic of your written paper. It should not be a verbatim reading of your paper. You will record your spoken comments with a microphone and audio software, then upload your audio file to class. You will need to create an audio story (approaching it the same way you would any other story or essay) on your paper topic. The podcast should be in MP3 format of five minutes’ length or 5 mB file size. You may download free audio recording software athttp://audacity.sourceforge.net/ . See the Weekly Bulletin Board conference for tips on how to make and use podcasts.
Please note: The class project will be used to fulfill a requirement within the Senior Seminar in Psychology (PSYC 495) capstone course, not only for students who have matriculated under the 2011-2012 catalog who are required to take this course but for others for whom it is an elective. Please retain an electronic version of the graded project that you can submit when required during the capstone coursework.