This assignment is an analysis of the neuropsychological  disorder that supports your Final Project. You will create an outline of  the main points of your Final Project, using your selected  neuropsychological disorder as approved by the instructor in Week One.  The Final Project Outline should be organized into three sections, each  main section having required components.  This outline is both an  analysis of your topic as well as a tool to ensure that you are on the  right track with your Final Project. The more information you provide,  the more feedback you will receive from your instructor, which will be  helpful as you write your Final Project.

Please  note:  This assignment may incorporate information from your Week One  assignment, but it must expand on that information.  Additionally, this  assignment must be submitted in formal APA outline style (not in  paragraph form). 

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Final Project- Outline Components


Succinct thesis statement (one or more sentences detailing the focus  of your Final Project and informing the reader about your topic and the  scope of your paper)
Define the type of disorder 


Diagnostic criteria 

What components must be present for the disorder to be diagnosed?
Include physical and psychological signs and symptoms.  

Reason(s) why you chose this topic 

Personal experience
Professional experience
Other reason


Who is affected?
Are they young/old?


Detailed description of the disorder 

Signs and symptoms
Any subtypes of the disorder

Detailed description of the natural history of the disorder 

How the disorder develops over time with treatment
How the disorder develops over time without treatment

Methods used to diagnose, evaluate, and manage the disorder 

Initial diagnosis (e.g., physical exam, imaging and/or laboratory  testing, special studies, psychological evaluation, psychometric  testing)  
Ongoing management  (e.g., physical exam, imaging and/or laboratory  testing, special studies, psychological evaluation, psychometric  testing)

Risk factors 

Environmental factors

Other causative factors 


Nervous system structures and/or pathways involved in the disorder  (detailed information regarding the underlying pathology as it applies  to these structures and functional pathways)
Neurotransmitter(s) and receptor system(s) involved in the pathology of the disorder
Current treatment options 

Drug (pharmacologic) therapies
Nonpharmacologic therapies (including psychological and other therapeutic services)
Type of care providers (e.g., medical, nursing, therapists)
Type of healthcare setting (e.g., hospital, home, outpatient, nursing facility)

Future areas of research 

Treatment options
Evaluation and diagnostic methods for initial diagnosis
Increasing knowledge relating to etiology and pathologic processes


The conclusion reaffirms your initial thesis statement
The conclusion may be one or more paragraphs that use the material  you have discussed in the paper to support the validity of your  synthesis and elaborate on the theme of your paper

Writing the Final Project Outline

The Final Project Outline:

Must be a minimum of three to four double-spaced pages in length,  and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing  Center.
Must include a title page with the following: 

Title of paper
Student’s name
Course name and number
Instructor’s name
Date submitted

Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
Must include section headings in approved APA style, in order to organize your paper. 

Main section headings include: Introduction, Discussion, and Conclusion. 

Plan to utilize these sections as first-level headings in your Final  Project, formatted according to APA style, to organize your paper.
Each main heading and all subheadings should include at least a two-  to three- sentence description (use complete sentences). Do not simply  write the heading and a few words of description.

Must include in-text citations for all statements of facts obtained through your research. 

Remember that direct quotes (identical phrases or sentences taken  from a source) require in-text citations with appropriate formatting.
Statements of opinion should be clearly stated as such, and include a  rationale to support why you hold this opinion (e.g., personal or  professional experience, your research findings).

Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
Must use at least six to eight scholarly sources that were published  with the last five years, including a minimum of four peer-reviewed  original research studies. 

In general, dictionaries and encyclopedias are not considered appropriate as resources for academic writing.
It is assumed that these references will be included in your Final Project. 

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