PSY101 week 2 assignment

Ethics:  The Case of the Plagiarized Paragraph

To prepare for this assignment, please read Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct  (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. and “Journalism’s Summer of Sin Marked by Plagiarism, Fabrication, Obfuscation (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.”. Finally, review Instructor Guidance and Announcements.

The American Psychological Association has adopted a code of ethics, the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. In addition to governing the behavior of professionals, the five general principles and ten specific ethical standards contained in this code of ethics extend to all those who study or practice psychology.  In academia, perhaps the most relevant ethical breach occurs in the context of plagiarism, which involves taking credit for someone else’s work (thoughts, words, etc.).  Unfortunately, this practice can and does occasionally occur outside the classroom too (See the chronology in “Journalism’s Summer of Sin Marked by Plagiarism, Fabrication, Obfuscation (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.”). Although most people recognize word-for-word copy and paste presentation of work constitutes an act of dishonesty, a variety of additional practices may be construed as plagiarism as well.  Review “The plagiarism spectrum:  Tagging 10 types of unoriginal work  (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.” and watch the video “Plagiarism 2.0: Information Ethics in the Digital Age”.

A common mistake concerning ethics is the application of paraphrasing (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..  When a writer, researcher, or student paraphrases, (s)he is expressing the meaning of what (s)he has read using his or her own words.  It is an especially important skill for students to acquire.  With accurately applied and properly cited paraphrasing, students and other writers can avoid the consequences of plagiarism.  Learning how to paraphrase correctly can also help one avoid the appearance of presenting a series of direct quotes.  This important skill builder is designed to help you achieve success in this area throughout your academic experience, as well as in your current and future careers.

Thus, in this activity, you will apply ethical considerations by relating course content to a realistic scenario.

The Assignment

Submitting to Grammarly: Grammarly is your personal editor that can act as that second set of eyes and catch those errors before you submit your assignment.  It takes approximately 5 minutes to set up an account and after that, you simply download your written submission and wait for the magic.  This service is open 24/7, for you night owls hoping for a final proofread before submitting your work.  Grammarly will then provide you with a detailed roadmap for improvement.

Grammarly Resource: Before you submit your written assignment, review the The Grammarly Guide: How to Set Up & Use Grammarly (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. tutorial, set up a Grammarly account (if you have not already done so), and use Grammarly to review a rough draft of your assignment. Then carefully review all issues identified by Grammarly and revise your work as needed.

To use Grammarly:

  • Go to https://www.grammarly.com/ (and log in if needed).
  • Click on “Upload” (located under “New”) and upload your paper.
  • Grammarly will scan your paper for errors and issues.
  • To read about the errors Grammarly found, click on the ▼expand button.
  • To accept Grammarly’s suggestion, click on the green wording suggestion (if applicable).
  • To ignore Grammarly’s suggestion, click on the “x” or the “ignore” button.
  • Finally, once you have made all of your corrections, click on the ↓ downward arrow icon in the left navigation pane and select “Download.”  This will create a Word document with your corrections.  Note: You might have to remove or delete any lingering track changes or comment bubbles before submitting your paper.

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