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Instructions:

• Submit your Thesis or Creative Project Introduction
• Review your articles/sources and continue writing your 25
-page literature review due week eight
When the proposed thesis or project involves the study of
human subjects and/or animals, such as a survey or interview, an Institutional
Review Board review and approval of the proposed research is required. Please
visit http://www.apus.edu/community-scholars/institutional-review-board/research.htm
for more guidance—this process takes about a month to complete. Once your
proposal is approved, you will work closely with your professor as you develop
and address your topic.

Thesis or Creative Project Introduction (See the Capstone
Manual)
• The background of the topic
• Statement of the problem
• Statement of the purpose
• Research questions
• Significance of the study
• Definitions of unclear terms
• Limitations/delimitations (you may also provide in the Methodology
area as well),
• Assumptions
The creative project is expected to contain the following
elements in the introduction:
• Provide a clear and
lucid description of the creative project including the goal and intent of the
project.
• Provide a weekly schedule and objectives for the work to
be completed in 16 weeks
• Provide a sponsor who will sign and validate the work
Similarly, the introduction identifies your specific
creative project and sets the general context for it.
Submission Instructions:

Please review the rubric and Capstone Manual for more
specific guidelines on expectations; however, please note you are to provide
comprehensive analysis of details, facts, and concepts in a logical sequence.
You should demonstrate a higher- level of critical thinking necessary for
500-600 level work. You are to provide well-supported ideas and reflection with
a variety of current and/or world views in the assignment. You are expected to
present a genuine intellectual development of ideas throughout assignment. You
should thoroughly understand and excel in explaining all major points. An
original, unique, and/or imaginative approach to overall ideas, concepts, and
findings is required. Overall format of assignment needs to include an
appropriate introduction (or abstract), well- developed paragraphs, and
conclusion. Finished assignment demonstrates your ability to plan and organize
research in a logical sequence.

Please note: Papers will be automatically added to and
checked against the standard Turnitin repositories. Originality reports will be
returned to the faculty and student in roughly 15 minutes of the submission.
Multiple submissions are allowed.
You may also rent or purchase the books on Amazon at a very
reasonable price (specifically Prime members) and download it too.
The APUS End of Program Assessment Manual for Graduate
Studies (aka the EOP Manual) is located at
http://apus.libguides.com/APUS_ePress/EOP_Manual.
The EOP Manual presents the requirements for formatting your
capstone paper or thesis. You will also need to consult your program’s style
guide.
Also consult the library’s Writing Help – Thesis/Capstone
page and the Research Methods Information Guide for tips on formatting and
structuring your thesis.
Grading Rubric
Requirements
Points Available
Points Earned
Comments
· The
background of the topic

10
10

· Statement of
the problem
10
10

· Statement of
the purpose
10
10

· Research
questions
10
10

· Significance
of the study
10
10

· Definitions
of unclear terms
10
10

·
Limitations/delimitations (you may also provide in the Methodology area
as well)
10
10

·
Assumptions/Theoretical Framework
10
10

Reference:
· Incorporate
all this sections references into one comprehensive list and should be in APA
6th Edition format.
· If you had a
citation in the body of your work you must have the appropriate reference in
the reference section.
· Also if you
had a reference in your reference section, you must have a citation from that
work somewhere in the body of your work. The citations and references should
match.
You will be strictly held to the APA standards. Proper
citations, in format and use as well as proper references must be implemented.
10
10

Writing Format:
Grammatical, spelling or punctuation—the writing is
grammatically correct, clear and concise.
The response is well formulated and easy to read and understand. Use correct terminology when needed. Turnitin
will be used to assess originality report and supports attachments only—submit
the paper as an attachment with less than 15% originality (not including your
references).
Searching for Literature Reviews: Before You Write, You Have
to Find:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Vw1-rljpuQ
Reviewing a Sample Literature Review (Part
I):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zswuIJ7-hB4

Writing Format: APA
· What is
Plagiarism: http://www.plagiarism.org/
· What is
Plagiarism and How to Avoid It:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIsLV9zOOe0
· Purdue
Online Writing Lab: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
· APA and MLA
Citation Game Home Page: http://depts.washington.edu/trio/quest/citation/apa_mla_citation_game/
· APA Game
(This will only function correctly on a mobile device or a modern web browser)
· Writing
Help: http://apus.campusguides.com/writing/thesiscapstone
· APUS APA
Style Guide—see the link:
/access/content/group/science-and-technology-common/ITCC/ITCC500/APA
Resources/APUS APA Style Guide.pdf
· APUS Student
APA Sixth Edition—see the link:
/access/content/group/science-and-technology-common/ITCC/ITCC500/APA
Resources/APUS Student APA Sixth Edition.pptx
10
10

Total
100
100

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