For your Final Project, you will create a website that showcases the
skills you have gained throughout your psychology program. Your website
will consist of the following elements: a homepage, a literature
review, expert opinions, résumés, a case study, and a list of pertinent
websites. Each of these sections will be its own tab on the website.
When complete, you may choose to use this website after graduation as a
means to showcase your abilities to potential employers and/or graduate
To begin, review the elements required for each section of your website below.
Next, visit the Wix.com website to familiarize yourself with this technology. Scroll down on the webpage and click the pink arrow to view a quick tour video of the website platform. Note: This site is best viewed using either the Chrome or Firefox web browsers. Refer to the Wix.com Quick-Start Guide for step-by-step instructions on setting up your website.
If you experience any technical difficulties, please visit the Wix Support Center.
The technical support offered through your Student Portal will not be
able to assist you with the Wix website. When you are ready to create
your website, click the Start Now button to register and begin
building. If you are unable to utilize the Wix platform to complete
this assignment and you have already watched the tutorial, read through
the Wix.com Quick-Start Guide, and contacted the Wix Support Center,
please contact your instructor.
It is highly recommended that you complete any and all written work in a
separate document first and then cut and paste the required content
into your webpage. This will allow you to edit and save your work
separate from the website, should anything occur which causes the
website to fail. Additionally, you will be able to work on your content
without having to remain connected to the internet and it may be easier
to develop and edit your content in Word, prior to publishing it on
Sections of the Final Project will be completed within the course weeks
and will be revised for inclusion in this project. Carefully review all
suggestions and comments from the instructor and/or your classmates
before including that work within the content of your website.
Clearly label the website as your course project. Although it will not
be searchable to the general public, it will be publicly available and
anyone who is given your specific site link will be able to view it.
Copy and paste the URL to your website into a Word document for
submission. Once you have received your final grade for this course, you
have the option of deleting this website through your account with
Creating the Website
- Must be named with the following convention: your last name + PSY496 Final Project. Example: Smith PSY496 Final Project.
- Must include six tabs with the following headings and
information. Watch the screencast video below to assist you with setting
up your required tabs.
- Home Page
Briefly introduce yourself and provide information regarding
your professional background. Summarize your experiences within the
Psychology program at University and what you hope to do upon
graduation. You may include a professional photograph as well.
- Literature Review
- Create a brief literature review that presents a fair
and comprehensive analysis of relevant literature pertaining to the
topic you chose in Week One. This page must include the following:
- A brief introduction of the topic and its relevance (300 to 500 words).
- Three to five peer-reviewed articles based on
applied psychological research. Each of the articles must directly
relate to your chosen topic.
- A one- to two-paragraph (500 to750 words total) analysis and summary for each article.
- A reference list at the bottom of the page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Writing Center.
- Expert Opinions
- Begin with the work you completed for the Mental Health
Disciplines discussion in Week Three. In this section, you will
demonstrate your awareness of the psychological career alternatives in a
community setting and take on the role of two experts in different
fields of psychology. You will also evaluate contributions of
psychological research in the applied context of these experts and
discuss methodological issues unique to their areas of psychological
- Take into consideration the comments your classmates and your instructor made on your discussion post.
- Include information from at least two peer-reviewed
articles of your choosing that were published within the last five years
to substantiate your experts’ claims. The sources may not be any of
those that are listed within this course. For information on how to
generate search terms for specific resources, visit the Ashford
University Library website.
- Make any necessary changes to your presentation and
create a new screencast using Screenr.com. Using the link information
from Screenr and the instructions on the Wix.com platform, embed the
video of your screencast presentation in the Expert Opinions page of
- Begin with the work you completed for the Develop
Professional Résumés assignment in Week Three. Based on the feedback
from your instructor, make the recommended changes to the résumés you
created for the two experts from the Presentation by Experts discussion
in Week Three and the Expert Opinions web page you created.
Next, create your own professional résumé, that includes
brief descriptions of the major duties associated with any relevant work
experience you have.
Your résumé should appear first on the page followed by the résumés you created for the experts.
- Case Study
- Begin with the work you completed for the Case Study:
Evaluating Ashford University Institutional & Program Outcomes
assignment in Week One.
- Review the feedback you received from your instructor and then create a case study that takes on the role you did not pursue.
- If you used your own story or that of a willing
volunteer for the original assignment, then you will create a case study
for a fictitious character.
- If you created a character for the case study in the
original assignment, then you will use your own story or that of a
willing adult volunteer.
- In this section, you will:
- Create a 750- to 1000-word case study of a real
(either yourself or a willing adult volunteer) or fictitious person who
has developed the competencies of their academic program at
- Evaluate your real or fictitious person’s learning
within the program as it contributes to the overall attainment of the
- Include at least one personal life example and one
career example of applying the competencies to resolve personal
challenges and an ethical dilemma (e.g., a client or research subject
reveals compromising information about a friend or family member who
also happens to be someone you know in a personal/social context).
- Create or describe a scenario in which the person
wrestles with an issue related to the assigned research topic in her or
his personal and/or professional life. Be specific in your discussion of
the scenario and provide details demonstrating professional problem
solving on the part of the person in your case study.
- Include a section wherein your fictitious person or
you articulate a personal point of view, evaluate evidence, determine
options for responding and evaluate the pros and cons of the options
prior to making a decision about a course of action within the scenario.
- Conclude with how the problem was resolved and what
the person learned while at University that assisted in an
- Create an annotated list of 10 to 12 reputable,
professional websites (e.g., government agencies, professional
organizations, professional associations…) that are relevant to
psychological research and practice. Commercial or non-academic websites
may not be used for this assignment.
- Consider the merits of each website. Based on your
knowledge of scholarly applications of psychological research, evaluate
the use of scholarly applied psychological research and analyze the
interpretations that are presented on each site. For information on how
to evaluate web resources, visit the University Library
- The list should be in alphabetical order with each
website cited according to APA style as outlined in the Writing
- The annotations should be four to five sentences long
and reflect the relevance and usefulness of each website in terms of
your topics of psychological research and your professional needs.
In addition, your website must:
- Include a footer with the date submitted (in Copyright section).
- Address the topics of each page with critical thought.
- Use the number of peer-reviewed sources listed with the instructions for each web page.
- Document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Writing Center.
- Include a separate reference section at the bottom of each
web page, for the sources used on that page, formatted according to APA
style as outlined in the Writing Center.