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Psychology 460: Capstone Senior Seminar Neumann University – Fall 2021
Transformation Paper
(20%)
A transformation paper provides an opportunity for you to reflect upon your personal and professional growth over your college years as a psychology major. In this paper, you will recall the person you were when you began your college career and identify the ways in which you have grown intellectually, socially, emotionally, and spiritually as a psychology major. As you think about how you have grown, identify courses, lectures, co-curricular or extra-curricular activities, books, programs, people, and situations which have influenced you as a student. Think broadly about your experiences both inside and outside the classroom as a psychology major. Reflect on events and learning experiences that might have changed or influenced you since you were a freshman. As you describe each area of transformation, be specific about what has influenced you and how it influenced you as a psychology major.
Your transformation paper should include a title page, an introduction, a description of your growth, and a conclusion. In the main section of your paper, summarize the impact of your education as a psychology major, describe what you would have done differently, consider how various psychology courses informed and had an impact on you, and surmise how you will continue to grow after graduating from Neumann and in your professional life. Also, discuss what values and ethical and moral convictions will help you in your personal and professional life.
Your transformation paper should be about 5 – 6 pages excluding the title page. Your paper will be evaluated in accordance with Neumann’s capstone common rubric on the next page. Please review it thoroughly before you start writing your paper and make sure that you include all necessary components. It is important that your paper includes each of the five categories in the rubric: curiosity, independence, transfer, reflection and self-assessment, and values and principles of Catholic Franciscan tradition.
The following questions may help you to gather ideas for your transformation paper:
Intellectual/academic growth
• What psychology courses, including this capstone senior seminar, or non-psychology courses have helped you to acquire important knowledge or skills? This question is not about the content of a particular psychology course. Please explain concretely what knowledge and skills you acquired in a particular psychology course, why they are useful to you now or how they have helped you in other courses, and how they will help you in your career in the future. Please provide illustrative examples.
• What psychology courses, including this capstone senior seminar, or non-psychology courses have challenged your thinking? What psychology courses or non-psychology courses have given you opportunities to develop your critical thinking skills?
• How being a psychology major has influenced you in gaining new insight or taking new perspectives on societal issues in which you are interested?
• How have experiential learning opportunities (e.g., internships, field experiences, student teaching, clinical experiences, practicum, etc.) enriched your education? How have such experiences helped prepare you for a future career?
Social and emotional growth
• What co-curricular or extra-curricular activities (e.g., club activities, athletic activities, internship, study abroad, etc.) have been especially important to you? How did they transform you as a psychology major or as a student?
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Psychology 460: Capstone Senior Seminar Neumann University – Fall 2021
• How have you changed socially? Are you more comfortable interacting with different people? Are you more confident? What has helped you? What psychology courses have helped you to transform? Please make explicit connections between how you have changed personally and what you learned in psychology courses.
• Describe your emotional growth. How have you changed in managing your feelings, especially anger or frustration? How have you changed in dealing with conflict? What psychology courses have helped you to transform?
Spiritual growth
• How have your spiritual beliefs and attitudes changed during college? What has nurtured your spirit? What experiences have helped you to mature spiritually? Have you participated in a retreat or evening of reflection?
• How have Neumann’s values as a Catholic university in the Franciscan tradition affected you? Which of the RISES or Franciscan values do you relate to your studies as a psychology major? How will you carry the Franciscan tradition and the RISES values into your personal and professional life?
Impact of service and community outreach
• In what ways have the service experiences in which you have participated transformed you?
• What did you learn about society and about yourself?
• How will you continue to use “knowledge as a gift to be shared in the service of others” after you
graduate?
Preparation for career
• As you reflect on all your college experiences, what three experiences have been most helpful as preparation for your career or graduate work?
• What experiences do you wish you had as part of your preparation for career or graduate work?
Past: Reflect & Analyze
“What did I learn in the last 3- 4 years at Neumann?”
“What skills did I acquire?” “How did I acquire the skills and knowledge?”
“What impacted me and promoted my academic and professional growth?”
Present: Self-awareness
“Who am I?”
“How do I evaluate myself?” “How much have I improved or grown as a psychology major?” “How much have I developed spiritually?”
“How ready am I to face new challenges?”
Future: Application & Extension to Future – Life-long Learning Process
“How will I apply what I learned and acquired to my future education & career?”
“How and what knowledge and skills will I use to make ethical decisions?”
“How will I use RISES values after I
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leave Neumann?”
Psychology 460: Capstone Senior Seminar Neumann University – Fall 2021
Writing style instructions:
• Any plagiarism, cheating, or copying of your own previous work or others’ work including your
classmates’, with or without citation, whether it is intentional or not, will result in a grade of 0% on this assignment. It will be dealt in accordance with the University’s academic dishonesty policy and will be reported to the Office of Academic Affairs. There is no exception to this policy.
• If your section paper does not include components indicated in the instructions or if it is not polished, it is assigned a grade of 0%.
• Use APA style.
• Submit your transformation paper via Turnitin on Blackboard. Any other types of submission are
assigned a grade of 0%. Also, any computer-related problems cannot be a reason for late submission. Late submission of your paper will result in the deduction of 2% per day including weekends from the 20% assigned for this paper, unless you provide me with a legitimate and verifiable reason for lateness.
There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this policy. (e.g., one via email because you missed the Turnitin submission link by 1 minute and another after I reopen the submission link), your grade will be based on
the version that was submitted first. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this policy.
• Proofread, edit, and revise your section paper thoroughly. Your paper should be free of typos, any
grammatical errors, and problems with sentence structure.
• Use punctuation, including apostrophes and quotation marks, correctly and appropriately.
• Do not include any direct quotes, except for definitions of specific psychological terms or questionnaire
items.
• Paraphrase any information you take from articles and other sources in your own words. •
• Make sure that your subject noun and its pronoun match. If you use “a person” or “an individual,” its pronoun must be singular (e.g., she, he, her, his, him, etc.) and it cannot be plural (e.g., they, their, them).
• Use professional language (e.g., children, mother, father, police officers, that is, perhaps, based on, etc.)
and avoid colloquial language (e.g., kids, mom, dad, cops, meaning, maybe, based off, that being said,
when it comes to …, etc.).
• There should be no space after a hyphen.
• Avoid contractions. Use “cannot” rather than “can’t,” “do not” rather than “don’t,” and “it is” rather than
“it’s.”
• Avoid semi-colons; they should be used only in very short sentences. Semi-colons make your sentences too
long and convoluted.
• Do not use a comma, a semi-colon, or a colon after the phrase “such as” when listing examples.
• Self-related words need a hyphen after the word “self” without a space after the hyphen (e.g., self-
interest, self-identity, self-esteem, etc.).
• Abbreviations such as “e.g.,” “i.e.,” “vs.,” and “etc.” should be used only in parentheses. In the sentence,
they must be spelled out as “for example,” “that is,” “versus,” and “and the like.”
• Know the differences between “than” and “then,” between “affect” and “effect,” between “whereas” and
“while,” and between “apart from” and “a part of.” Use them appropriately. Use “because” instead of “since” and “whether” instead of “if.”
Non-verifiable family emergency, personal emergency, and having a fight with your dating partner
are some examples of many that are NOT legitimate or verifiable reasons.
If you submit 2 versions of the paper
Do not use “we,” or “you” and their pronouns (e.g., us, and your). You may use “I” where
appropriate. Otherwise, use the third person singular (e.g., a person, an individual, or one) or plural
(e.g., people, individuals) form as the subject of a sentence.
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Psychology 460: Capstone Senior Seminar Neumann University – Fall 2021
Total 60 points (20% of the final course grade)
Capstone 4 (10-9)
3 (8-6)
2(5-3)
Milestones
Benchmark 1(2-1)
Absent 0
Curiosity (10 points)
Explores a topic of your academic interest (e.g., psychology) in depth, yielding a rich awareness and/or little-known information indicating intense interest in the subject
Explores a topic of your academic interest (e.g., psychology) in depth, yielding insight and/or information indicating interest in the subject.
Explores a topic of your academic interest (e.g., psychology) with some evidence of depth, providing occasional insight and/or information indicating mild interest in the subject.
Explores a topic of your academic interest (e.g., psychology) at a surface level, providing little insight and/or information beyond the very basic facts indicating low interest in the subject.
The category is absent in the paper.
Independence (10 points)
Educational interests and pursuits exist and flourish outside classroom requirements. Knowledge and/or experiences related to psychology are pursued independently.
Beyond classroom requirements, pursues substantial, additional knowledge and/or actively pursues independent educational experiences related to psychology.
Beyond classroom requirements, pursues additional knowledge and/or shows interest in pursuing independent educational experiences related to psychology.
Begins to look beyond classroom requirements, showing interest in pursuing knowledge related to psychology independently.
The category is absent in the paper.
Transfer (10 points)
Makes explicit references to previous learning and applies in an innovative (new and creative) way that knowledge and those skills to demonstrate comprehension and performance in novel situations.
Makes references to previous learning and shows evidence of applying that knowledge and those skills to demonstrate comprehension and performance in novel situations.
Makes references to previous learning and attempts to apply that knowledge and those skills to demonstrate comprehension and performance in novel situations.
Makes vague references to previous learning but does not apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate comprehension and performance in novel situations.
The category is absent in the paper.
Reflection and Self- Assessment:
Demonstrates a developing sense of self building on prior experience to respond to new and challenging con- text (10 points)
Envisions a future self and possibly makes plans to build on past experiences that have occurred across multiple and diverse perspectives; reveals how perspectives have changed over time
Evaluates changes in own learning over time, recognizing complex contextual factors (e.g., works with ambiguity and risk, deals with frustration, considers ethical frameworks).
Articulates strengths and challenges (within specific performances or events) to increase effectiveness in different contexts (through increased self-awareness).
Describes personal growth with general descriptors of success and failure.
The category is absent in the paper.
Connections to Discipline/ Major:
Connects principles and values of the Catholic Franciscan tradition (CFT) to concepts and theories within one’s own academic discipline (10 points)
Independently connects four principles and values of the CFT to concepts and theories within one’s own academic discipline/major in original ways in order to come to a deepened and/or new understanding of those concepts and theories.
With direction connects three principles and values of the CFT to concepts and theories within one’s own academic discipline/major in basic ways in order to explore those concepts and theories from new perspectives.
Identifies possible relevant connections between CFT and concepts and theories within one’s own academic discipline/major.
Identifies two of key elements of CFT, but does not make connections with academic discipline/major
The category is absent in the paper.
Writing style (10 points)
Student writes without any typos, grammatical errors, and/or punctuation errors. Student writes using APA style without errors.
Student writes with only a few typos, grammatical errors, and/or punctuation errors. Student writes using APA style with a few errors.
Students write with several typos, grammatical errors, and/or punctuation errors. Student writes using APA style with several errors.
Student writes with numerous typos, grammatical errors, and/or punctuation errors. Student does not follow APA style.
Student shows no evidence of polishing or proofreading the paper.
Total: / 60 points ( % / 20%)
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