For this assessment, you will be demonstrating your ability to write a formal academic essay that uses appropriately formal 3rd person language and that demonstrates your ability to establish a clear main point or thesis about a topic and that incorporates and cites relevant and reliable research information used to support the ideas within your paper. You will be writing to and for an educated academic audience.
Select a specific, recent change in your field of study. For example, one change in the field of education is the increase in the use of standardized testing; one change in the field of law enforcement is the increased use of office body cameras.
Then, establish a main point about this change, either focusing on why this change occurred or analyzing what effects it has had on a particular group (for example, what has the increased use of body cameras had on police officers relationship with the community). You should not argue for a change to occur, nor should you take a position in favor or against this change. Your goal is to objectively analyze the cause or effect of this change.
You must incorporate 3-4 relevant and reliable, peer-reviewed secondary sources and demonstrate the ability to paraphrase and give credit to the sources using 6th edition APA format. Your submission should be 56 paragraphs long, or around 750850 words.
If work submitted for this competency assessment does not meet the submission requirements, it will be returned without being scored.
Minimum Submission Requirements
56 paragraphs (750850 words)
Addresses cause or effect of a change
Does not take a position, write to persuade, or offer recommendations
Applies 6th edition APA format
Incorporates 3-4 secondary, peer-reviewed, relevant, and reliable sources cited in-text and in a References page