Intellectual Indebtedness and Academic Integrity


Assessment Overview

Intellectual Indebtedness and Academic Integrity | Course Evaluation | Assignment 1 | Assignment 2 | Assignment 3 | Conference Participation | Transcripts

Intellectual Indebtedness and Academic Integrity

Students enrolled in Athabasca University courses are considered to be responsible scholars and are therefore expected to adhere rigorously to the principles of academic integrity both in assignments and tests. In order to maintain test question security, duplication or sharing of quiz and test questions is not permitted. Please read the Athabasca University Student Academic Misconduct Policy.

Plagiarism is a form of intellectual dishonesty in which another person’s work is presented as one’s own. Be certain that whenever you use a secondary source in your course work and assignments you reference your source in a consistent and logical manner. All direct quotes (quotations of any number of words from the original) and indirect quotes (paraphrased ideas) must be acknowledged. Failure to do so constitutes plagiarism, and as with any form of academic misconduct, it will be penalized. Penalties may take the form of rejection of the submitted work; expulsion from the examination, the course or the program; or legal action, depending on the specific nature of the infraction.

Dutiful citation of quotes and paraphrased materials does not mean that you can write an essay assignment by stringing together a series of quotes. You should always try to summarize or describe someone else’s ideas in your own words. When you present your own ideas or opinions in a paper, provide evidence or arguments to substantiate your position. For information about the reference and citation styles of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA [6th ed.]), and how to write scholarly papers, visit Athabasca University’s Library Help Centre.

All written assignments in this course must:

  • use correct spelling and grammar;
  • adhere to APA format, as outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association;
  • be your own work and be free of evidence of plagiarism;
  • use Microsoft Word (or Microsoft Word compatible) format; and
  • be submitted via the Assignment Drop Box.

Course Evaluation

To receive credit for NURS 436 students must complete all of the required assignments and achieve an overall composite grade of 64% (C). All papers submitted must follow APA Publication Manual, current edition. The assignments and weighting of the composite grade are:

Assignment 1: Definition of Family 25%
Assignment 2: Genogram and Ecomap 25%
Assignment 3:Exploring Values and Beliefs 30%
Assignment 4: Conference Participation 20%

Assignment 1: Definition of Family

Value: 25%
Submit assignment via dropbox
Due Date: Week 6


The purpose of this assignment is to enable you to demonstrate your understanding of the meaning of family from your own personal experience, from experiences of others, and from current theoretical and statistical perspectives on family, as discussed in the literature.

Assignment Guidelines and Marking Criteria

  • Select 3 photos from a photo gallery or go to Google Images and enter “family” or another search term to find images that best depict your sense of family at this point in time (You can include pictures of your own family). Attach the pictures as appendices.
  • Explain how the photos selected represent the definition of family in general and based on your own experience of family in comparison to the statistical representations of family forms in Canada. (6 marks)
  • Discuss the major sociocultural changes that have contributed to the changing demographics of Canadian families and how this relates to your images, and experience of family. (4 marks)
  • Include the theoretical foundation(s) you find most helpful to explain your definition and your experience of family and why. (6 marks)
  • Use APA (current edition) format in your assignment. (5 marks)
  • Demonstrate critical analysis and synthesis of content and ensure writing is succinct and clear in your assignment. Reference sources should always include peer reviewed journal articles. Refer to the Scholarly Evidence Guide for more information on how to access peer reviewed sources. (4 marks)
  • Your reflection should be a maximum of 8 pages (excluding the title page, abstract, references, and appendices)
  • Your paper may be written in the first person, as it is based upon your personal perspective of family and how this compares to what has been said and written about it by others.

Submitting Your Assignment

When you have completed this assignment, send it to your tutor for marking using the appropriate assignment dropbox. Always retain a copy of your assignment for your files.