Guidelines for preparing the essay 1. General a. Your paper will be 10 – 15 pages in length. This does NOT include the title page and references. You may include an abstract as one of the pages, however. b. A researched essay usually presents the personal views of the author; its content must be supported by data or information obtained through appropriate research, such as articles in scholarly publications. c. You must not engage in plagiarism; see section on plagiarism for more information on this subject. 2. Write a position paper on a topic discussed in class or choose your own topic, related to this class in some way and get my approval. 3. The focus of your essay should be on the presentation, development, and evaluation of your position on your topic. Although literature review is expected, do not merely report what the articles or cases have said. Develop and defend your own position. 4. Follow the APA Publication Manual, 5th edition, particularly citation and reference styles. APA style may be difficult to learn at first, so do not hesitate to ask your instructor for guidance. The Purdue OWL is a great resource for APA style. https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/10/ 5. Essays and the class presentation will be graded using the grading rubrics attached to this syllabus. 6. Essays turned in after the due date will be penalized one letter grade per day, unless prior approval is given by the instructor. 7. Only extraordinary conditions that are completely beyond our control will justify a late submission. Don’t wait until the night before the due date to begin your paper.