Each student will be required to write a final paper on a sexual health topic of their choice. The final
paper grade should use the following formats:
A. COVER PAGE
- Title of paper, Course Title, Instructor’s name, Student name, and Date
- Does NOT count towards the three (3) pages
- Minimum of three (3) full pages
- Spaced – Double spacing
- Font – 12pt
- Margins – 1 or 1.25
- Overview – The overview is a brief summary which tells the reader quickly what the report is allabout. It identifies the purpose and the most important features of the report, states the main conclusion, and sometimes makes recommendations. It does this in as few words as possible, condensing the report to several key sentences. It is usually best to write the overview last after you have written the background, discussion, and conclusion. Remember: The overview may be written last, but it is always placed first in the final report.
- Background – The background sets the scene for your reader. The background introduces the subject and explains the reason for the report. According to the requirements of your report, the background should try to answer such questions as Who? What? Why? Where? and When? The background information should place your reader mentally in the picture before he/she has to consider your findings and conclusions.
- Discussion – The discussion presents your findings. You should have as much evidence (facts, arguments, details, data, and results) as a reader will need to understand the subject. You must develop these findings in an organized, logical manner to avoid confusing your reader. You should also present your findings imaginatively to hold his/her interest. During the discussion, you may want to use headings and subheadings if you are discussing different aspects of the subject. Each heading or subheading must be an informative mini-title, summarizing the material covered in the paragraphs it is meant to introduce.
- Conclusions – Conclusions briefly state the major points that can be drawn from the discussion. If there is more than one conclusion, state the main conclusion first, and the remaining conclusions in decreasing order of importance. Although recommendations are not a necessary part of a report, you may include a discussion of your recommendations in this part of the report.
D. REFERENCES (minimum 3) (from peer reviewed articles only)