7030 Assessment Item 3: Major Essay
Type: Written Assignment/Essay
Word length: 3000 words
TIPS AND HINTS
· You must choose one of the following offender groups
o Sexual offending, violent offending, substance abuse-related offending
§ Please note: you may be more specific if you wish – adolescent, indigenous females etc (just make sure you are specific, you identify the exact group you are considering and acknowledge that your work is not generalizable to other samples and that considering other groups is beyond the scope of your work)
· Identify and discuss:
o An appropriate theoretical model to explain and understand the offending behaviour
§ You will need to look at treatment literature for your selected group. From this literature, identify a theory or theoretical model which can be used to explain that offending behaviour.
§ Outline the model and describe how it explains the development, onset, and maintenance of the offending behaviour.
o An evidence-based treatment plan (that has empirical support)
§ Remember, in many cases, the treatment approach will be explicitly informed by a theoretical model.
o Consideration of the potential process/practical/ethical issues that might arise (in practice)
§ As part of this question, be sure to consider where and when the proposed program would be implemented – some programs are designed to be delivered in custody, others require the individual to be living in the community at the time of treatment. Think about how this will impact your chosen behaviour, and individual.
§ The readings from the first few weeks of class (before the online quiz) will be helpful in identifying the factors that influence the treatment process.
· Write a well-crafted essay (complete with introduction, body, conclusion, sensible subheadings, etc) that addresses the points above.
· As this is an academic essay, you will need to reference relevant empirical literature (e.g. books and empirical, peer-reviewed journal articles) to answer both parts of the essay question. Note that a usual rule of thumb is one reference per 100 words, so an HD level paper for this assignment should draw on at least 30 separate sources.
· You are required to use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing and
formatting style. If you are not familiar with this style, or if you have received feedback in
previous subjects that you are not formatting or referencing correctly, it is strongly advised
that you familiarise yourself with one of the numerous guides available and/or see library staff who can assist you.
Please ensure that you:
– Include a title page (in APA style that contains your name, student number, submission date, word count, instructor’s name)
– Include a cover sheet (provided by the university, that includes a plagiarism declaration)
PLEASE NOTE THAT APA STYLE IS NOT JUST A REFERENCING STYLE… so, in addition to appropriate referencing of your work, please do the following:
‐ Use Times New Roman 12pt font and leave a 2.5‐3cm margin.
‐ Double space your essay
‐ Insert page numbers
-write an identifiable introduction and conclusion
· It can take some time to master APA style, and it is expected that by the time you are taking a course at this level, that you will be (at least) familiar and (hopefully) comfortable writing in this style. If you are not, please seek additional help from the multiple resources on campus or online.
Students will be penalized for repeated and distracting APA errors.
· Your introduction (first paragraph) should introduce the purpose of your essay and all of the main points/topics you plan to cover in your essay, in the order you are going to address them. Be sure to use this section to provide an overview of your paper. (This essay will… etc)
· Define any terms necessary to understand your topic (unless the definitions are multiple/lengthy, in which case state in your introduction that you will be defining key terms, and then provide the definitions in a subsequent paragraph).
· The body of your essay should follow the plan you set out in your introduction.
Use subheadings to separate your thoughts and guide yourself and the reader through your work.
· Be parsimonious in your writing. Use only as many words as it takes to get your ideas across clearly, and no more. However, do not use so few that it is not clear what you are trying to say.
· Make sure paragraphs are identifiable, and of an appropriate length. Avoid using paragraphs that are too long – only one thought per paragraph, and don’t use paragraphs that are too short (2 sentences is not a paragraph).
· Each paragraph should start with a topic sentence, followed by an elaboration of that argument or point, and conclude with a cohesive link/transition to the next paragraph.
· Your conclusion is your final paragraph/section and should summarise/reiterate all main points that you covered in the body of your essay
· You should also restate your main hypothesis/argument/finding as appropriate
· Start your reference list on a new page
· This is a reference list, not a bibliography. List only those articles that you have cited in the
text of your essay.
· Organise using alphabetical order of the first author’s last name.
COMMON MISTAKES AND TIPS
· Use appropriate academic sources. This means peer-reviewed journal articles or books from reputable presses. The newspaper, television, political commentaries, websites of dubious origin and Wikipedia are not appropriate academic sources.
· Justify what you say with an appropriate academic reference. Do not assume something is generally known or is a “fact.”
· Avoid using sentences that are too long.
· Proof read! Proof read! Proof read!
· Remember to reiterate all main points that you covered in the body of your essay in your conclusion.
· Remember to reference all thoughts, opinions and ideas etc. that are not your own to avoid plagiarism concerns.
· If you are using direct quotes, please do so sparingly. Remember to use quotation marks and to reference the author, date, and page number from the original source.
WHERE CAN I GO FOR HELP?
The university has a range of services and websites available including the CCJ website, the library and English language services that can assist you. If you think you may need help, the time to seek it is before you write your assignment!
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