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In your this Project, you will synthesize an overview of the major theories relating to the pathology of a disorder as well as provide a detailed discussion of the etiology (causes) and clinical interventions, using research to support your analysis.  Your topic will be the neuropsychological disorder that was selected and approved by the instructor in your Week One assignment, and for which you provided an outline in the Week Two assignment.  
 

In keeping with the focus of this class, the emphasis of your paper will be on the neuroscience aspects of the disorder, to include: 

  • Theories of etiology (causes)
  • Associated factors in      development of the disorder (genetic, environmental, familial, lifestyle)
  • Pathology (abnormalities of      physical structure and function, including genetic and biochemical      aspects)
  • Treatment options      (pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic, with rationales for use based on      current understanding of the disorder)
  • Diagnostic and research      technologies employed in clinical diagnosis, care, and basic science      research  

 Your research will include a minimum of six to eight peer-reviewed sources, which provide evidence-based information regarding the biological and psychological features of the disorder and were published within the last five years. At least four of your references should be peer-reviewed publications of original research studies. To justify your assertions, provide in-text citations for all factual statements taken from your research, with corresponding references drawn from scholarly sources.  All citations and sources are to be documented according to APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center, and should support and enhance your analysis of the selected disorder. Sources may include review articles, original research articles, information from government agencies (e.g., National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug Administration, Drug Enforcement Administration) or professional societies (e.g., professional society position papers or clinical practice guidelines).      
 

Final Project- Components

Section I:  Introduction
 

This section should provide a general introduction to the topic as well as an overview of the background and history of the disorder. Further, it should provide a succinct thesis statement of the purpose and overall direction of the paper.  For instance, if your paper will have a large focus on the role of particular neurotransmitters in the etiology of the disorder as a rationale for treatment options, you should indicate this in the introduction. Finally, this section should provide demographic data that indicates the prevalence of the disorder in both general and specific populations.  
 

Specific required components of the Introduction:   

  1. Succinct thesis statement (one      or more sentences detailing the focus of your Final Project and informing      the reader about your topic and the scope of your paper)
  2. Define the type of disorder 
    1. Neurological
    2. Psychological
    3. Neuropsychological
  3. Diagnostic criteria 
    1. What       components must be present for the disorder to be diagnosed?
    2. Include       physical and psychological signs and symptoms.  
  4. Reason(s) why you chose this      topic 
    1. Personal       experience
    2. Professional       experience
    3. Other reason
  5. Epidemiology 
    1. Who is       affected?
    2. Are they       young/old?
    3. Male/female
    4. Rural/urban
    5. Ethnicities

 Section II: Discussion
 

This section should make up the majority of the Final Project in terms of size. Here, you will expand upon the main aspects of the disorder and provide details relating to the disorder and its management. This section should provide specific and detailed information (Reminder: All statements of fact require an in-text citation).   Cited/referenced sources should be used to support your analysis of the components of the discussion.  
 

Specific required components of the Discussion section:   

  1. Detailed description of the      disorder 
    1. Signs and       symptoms
    2. Epidemiology
    3. Any subtypes       of the disorder
  2. Detailed description of the      natural history of the disorder 
    1. How the       disorder develops over time with treatment
    2. How the       disorder develops over time without treatment
  3. Methods used to diagnose,      evaluate, and manage the disorder 
    1. Initial       diagnosis (e.g., physical exam, imaging and/or laboratory testing,       special studies, psychological evaluation, psychometric testing)  
    2. Ongoing       management (e.g., physical exam, imaging and/or laboratory testing,       special studies, psychological evaluation, psychometric testing)
  4. Risk factors 
    1. Genetics
    2. Lifestyle
    3. Environmental       factors
  5. Other causative factors 
    1. Known
    2. Theorized
  6. Nervous system structures      and/or pathways involved in the disorder (detailed information regarding      the underlying pathology as it applies to these structures and functional      pathways)
  7. Neurotransmitter(s) and      receptor system(s) involved in the pathology of the disorder
  8. Current treatment options 
    1. Drug       (pharmacologic) therapies
    2. Nonpharmacologic       therapies (including psychological and other therapeutic services)
    3. Type of care       providers (e.g., medical, nursing, therapists)
    4. Type of healthcare       setting (e.g., hospital, home, outpatient, nursing facility)
  9. Future areas of research 
    1. Treatment       options
    2. Evaluation       and diagnostic methods for initial diagnosis
    3. Increasing       knowledge relating to etiology and pathologic processes

 Section III: Conclusion
 

Provide a concluding summary of your findings regarding your selected disorder. The conclusion is a summarization of information that has already been presented.  Typically, if you mention something in the conclusion section of an academic paper, you should have already mentioned this aspect of the topic earlier in the paper.
 

Specific required components of the Conclusion section:   

  1. The conclusion reaffirms your      initial thesis statement.
  2. The conclusion may be one or      more paragraphs. Use the material you have discussed in the paper to      support the validity of your synthesis and elaborate on the theme of your      paper.

 Writing the Final Project
The Final Project:

  1. Must be 10 to 12 double-spaced      pages in length, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the      Ashford Writing Center.
  2. Must include a title page with      the following: 
    1. Title of       paper
    2. Student’s       name
    3. Course name       and number
    4. Instructor’s       name
    5. Date       submitted
  3. Must begin with an introductory      paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  4. Must address the topic of the      paper with critical thought.
  5. Must include section headings,      formatted according to APA style, to organize your paper. Each paragraph      must have a minimum of three full sentences.  
  6. Must include in-text citations      for all statements of facts obtained through your research. 
    1. Remember       that direct quotes (identical phrases or sentences taken from a source)       require in-text citations with appropriate formatting.
    2. Statements       of opinion should be clearly stated as such, and include a rationale to       support why you hold this opinion (e.g., personal or professional       experience, your research findings).
  7. Must end with a conclusion that      reaffirms your thesis.
  8. Must use at least six to eight      scholarly sources that were published within the last five years,      including a minimum of four peer-reviewed original research studies. 
    1. In general,       dictionaries and encyclopedias are not considered appropriate resources       for academic writing.
  9. Must document all sources in      APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  10. Must include a separate      reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the      Ashford Writing Center.
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