Ethics and Social Change in Psychology…
Week 6 Project
Final Project: PowerPoint Presentation of Your Professional Development Plan
You have already identified many resources in your network—in this class and outside the university—and within the wider Walden community. Support is best used when
you know what you need; it is hard to get support in building a ladder if you do not know what a ladder looks like.
If you have an idea of what a ladder looks like, you can ask for rungs and nails and a hammer. Think of the resources offered by Walden as the rungs and nails for your
ladder, but you are the one who must design the ladder. A PDP allows you to design your ladder and identify which supports you need to build it.
Remember that you must help your classmates and colleagues along the way with their ladders too. Think of what you need to give, as well as what you will need to
receive, in terms of support and help.
A PDP explains how you, individually, came to the decision to begin your graduate studies, what you envision for yourself and others when you complete the degree, and
what objectives or steps you need to define in order to realize your dream and become your previously envisioned “future self.” You will refer to your PDP when you
want to check your progress or re-evaluate your goals. It should be motivating and related to the mission of Walden, your mission, and the community of your
colleagues. Remember, we are all in this together.
PowerPoint presentations will be used in many of your courses at Walden. This Assignment will also provide an opportunity for you to become familiar with, or become a
more advanced user of, PowerPoint as a communication tool.
NOTE: You are strongly encouraged to submit this Assignment as a PowerPoint presentation, but if you are having difficulty with the software, you may submit it as a
Word document with sufficient notes to explain each “slide.” Please feel free to contact your Instructor if you need any support with this Assignment.
To prepare for this Project:
Prepare a PowerPoint presentation of your PDP using no more than 6–8 slides.
The PDP should incorporate elements within your specific Program Tab and must address the following:
Where have you been in your life personally and professionally that has brought you to this point?
What is your motivation in choosing this career; why did you choose this profession and aspiration?
How do your personal and professional community factor in to the realization of your aspirations—what support mechanisms do you have in place to help you meet your
What are the things you foresee that might get in the way of your plan, and how will you overcome them as well as help others overcome theirs?
Share about your future self. Where do you want to go professionally, and how will you leverage your Walden experience to become this person? What is the best
advice you would give yourself now from the point of success when you finish?
Make use of the Notes section within PowerPoint to provide the details of your presentation.
Your presentation should be explicit in its detail about what you plan to do at Walden to meet your personal and professional goals.
Submit your Project by Day 7.
* The PDP is a University requirement. Satisfactory credit cannot be earned for this course without successfully completing this project.
Congratulations! After you have finished all of the assignments for this week, you have completed the course. Please submit your Course Evaluation by Day 7.
CATEGORY EXCELLENT – above expectations GOOD – met expectations FAIR – below expectations POOR – Significantly below expectations or missing SCORE
(196 possible points) Paper demonstrates an excellent understanding of all of the concepts and key points presented in the text/s and Learning Resources. Paper
provides significant detail, including multiple relevant examples, evidence from the readings and other sources, and discerning ideas.
Paper demonstrates a good understanding of most of the concepts and key points presented in the text/s and Learning Resources. Paper includes moderate detail,
evidence from the readings, and discerning ideas.
(157–175 points) Paper demonstrates a fair understanding of the concepts and key points as presented in the text/s and Learning Resources. Paper may be lacking
in detail and specificity and/or may not include sufficient pertinent examples or provide sufficient evidence from the readings.
Paper demonstrates poor understanding of the concepts and key points of the text/s and Learning Resources. Paper is missing detail and specificity and/or does
not include any pertinent examples or provide sufficient evidence from the readings.
(0–136 points) Writing
(84 possible points) Paper is well organized, uses scholarly tone, follows APA style, uses original writing and proper paraphrasing, contains very few or no writing
and/or spelling errors, and is fully consistent with graduate-level writing style. Paper contains multiple, appropriate, and exemplary sources expected/required for
Paper is mostly consistent with graduate-level writing style. Paper may have some small or infrequent organization, scholarly tone, or APA style issues, and/or
may contain a few writing and spelling errors, and/or somewhat less than the expected number of or type of sources.
(67–75 points) Paper is somewhat below graduate-level writing style, with multiple smaller or a few major problems. Paper may be lacking in organization, scholarly
tone, APA style, and/or contain many writing and/or spelling errors, or shows moderate reliance on quoting vs. original writing and paraphrasing. Paper may contain
inferior resources (number or quality).
Paper is well below graduate-level writing style expectations for organization, scholarly tone, APA style, and writing, or relies excessively on quoting. Paper
may contain few or no quality resources.
(0–58 points) Instructor comments:
Total Score (280 possible points):