Assignment: PSYC 2800 Capella University Sex for Sale Contemporary Issues Presentation
Issues related to sex and sexuality are in the news every day and often touch our lives. Issues such as the easy availability of online pornography, sex trafficking, the rise of sexually transmitted diseases in teens, and the availability of abortion services in some states are just a few. For this final assignment, you will develop a presentation on a contemporary issue in human sexuality that could ultimately be used in multiple settings including secondary schools, colleges or universities, community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, mental health care facilities, hospitals or clinics, and businesses.
Complete the following if you have not already:
Choose a topic related to a contemporary issue you would like to use for this assignment.
Popular culture, media, and music.
Sex for sale.
Medical interventions for male sexual disorders.
Sexually transmitted infections.
The limited understanding of female sexuality.
Birth control and abortion.
Sexual disorders and sex therapy.
Variations in sexual behavior.
Determine the target audience for your presentation and the setting in which it would be given.
Use the Capella library to find one research study that is relevant to your issue.
Use the Internet to find a government website that helps explain or shed light on your issue. Review the Government Websites for Contemporary Issues [PDF] document to help you get started.
Review Chapter 2 in your course text and choose one theory you can apply to your topic.
Review the Contemporary Issues Presentation Template [PPTX], which you will use to complete this assignment if you choose to use PowerPoint.
Using the course readings, scholarly literature, and other relevant sources, develop a presentation on one of the required topics provided, using PowerPoint, Prezi, or other course-compatible format. The length of your presentation should be a minimum of 16 content slides of bulleted talking points as well as appropriate media, graphic, and charts or tables on select slides. You should not include many sentences and paragraphs as effective presentations only include talking points. Important: You must include expanded details that elaborate on the slides using the notes section of the slide presentation. This is where you can use sentences and paragraphs to explain each slide.
Note: If you need help with creating a PowerPoint in either Windows or Mac, visit Tools and Resources page.
Your presentation should begin with a brief introduction to the topic and a definition or description of key terms that will be used in the presentation. You should then provide a description of the issues associated with the topic. The issues will vary depending on your topic choice. After detailing the key issues, you should select at least one human sexuality theory (from Chapter 2 in your course text or other scholarly sources) that can help explain the issues. Also, review at least one related study that has been conducted on this topic or a study related to the topic and one government website. Conclude with possible strategies and/or solutions to help combat the issues described.
You should incorporate media, visual aids, charts or tables, and other graphics to enhance your presentation. You may be able to find these on a government website. Refer to the Government Websites for Contemporary Issues document for examples. It is also important to support your work with appropriate scholarly literature or other relevant sources. Both in-text references (on the slides) and a reference list are required.
The following guide can may be used to organize your presentation:
Slide 1: Title. (APA style.)
Slide 2: Presentation Overview/Outline.
Slide 3: Introduction to the Topic.
Slide 4: Definitions and Terms.
Slides 5–8: Issues Associated With the Topic.
Slides 9–10: Human Sexuality Theory Associated With the Topic.
Slides 11–12: Associated Research. (At least one study.)
Slides 13–14: Strategies/Solutions.
Slide 15: Conclusion.
Slide 16: References.
Your assignment should also meet the following requirements:
Written communication: Written communication should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
APA formatting: References and citations should be formatted according to current APA Style and Format guidelines.
Number of Resources: A minimum of two scholarly resources and one professional resource.
Length: A minimum of 16 slides.
Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.
Template: Use the Contemporary Issues Presentation Template [PPTX] to complete the assignment, if you choose to use PowerPoint.
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.