Can you help me understand this Psychology question?
Purpose: In the field of biblical study it is important for students to be able to access good quality academic sources in pursuit of answers for questions stimulated by their study of the text. This essay provides students an opportunity to research a question of their choosing through the use of the theological resources available through the ACU library. This essay also provides an opportunity for the student to practice expressing their thoughts and ideas in print.
Skills: The purpose of this assignment is to help you practice the following skills that are essential to your success in this course, in the field of biblical studies and at this university.
These skills are:
o understanding basic factual and conceptual knowledge
o applying basic disciplinary tools to identifying sources, and
o analyzing the sources as to their appropriateness
to the research question
o weighing the evidence of competing interpretations and choosing the most convincing
o synthesizing the material and constructing a brief but coherent essay
o drawing conclusions and inferences in support of a thesis
Knowledge: This assignment will also help you to become familiar with the following important content knowledge in this discipline:
Task: The student will first select a question/research topic from the course textbook listed in the To Dig Deeper section at the conclusion of each chapter. Then the student will contact the theological library staff for assistance is identifying quality academic sources for their question. Next the student will read the material and develop a thesis in response to the question they have chosen. At this point the student will write the essay (600-800 words) using their sources to address the chosen question in support of their thesis. The students will insure the essay ends with a conclusion in response to their thesis.
Criteria for Success:
The essay will be evaluated in the following ways:
Organization and Flow (10%) Does the essay read smoothly and use appropriate academic language?
Thesis clear and well-developed (20%) Is the thesis clearly stated and are the sources relevant/applicable to the question?
Quality of quality academic sources (30%) Are the sources quality, academic sources? Are any.com or .org sources cited?
Length and format (10%) Is the essay the required word length? Is whatever citation style chosen used consistently throughout the essay?
Conclusion/Answer clear and well-developed (30%) Is the conclusion clearly stated in response to the sources used in the essay?
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