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.
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
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
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)
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
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 2 double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center
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