Final Project Assignment:
In this Final Project Assignment, you will create a 10- to 12-slide narrated PowerPoint presentation related to your Professional Development Plan (PDP). 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.
Your PowerPoint needs to include the following:
A cover slide with the following:
Title of your Project
Date -Walden University
Part I: Personal and Professional Goals (3-4 slides)
Include a brief personal introduction in which you state your personal and professional goals and articulate how these goals intersect with your academic interests and selected field of study.
Reflect upon the mission of the university: “Walden University provides a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they may transform society” and how this mission statement connects to your personal vision for future practice.
Explain how specialized learning and the attainment of a doctoral degree will help you meet your career and personal life goals.
Part II: Educational Background and Research Proficiency (3-4 slides)
Reflect on the formal and informal learning experiences that compose your educational background and explain how these experiences support the direction of study established in Part I. You are encouraged to include individual knowledge, skills, and accomplishments.
Explain the academic and research proficiencies you bring to the program and identify any areas you want to consider for improvement.
Explain your current readiness to engage in dissertation research (Note: Honest disclosure will help guide and provide clear focus on any knowledge and skills needed to propel you forward in your program.)
Categories for you to consider when writing this section include the following:
Academic coursework in the social and behavioral sciences
Academic coursework in other fields
Professional presentations, seminars, and workshops
Prior experience designing and executing research
Publications and other writing experiences
Academic strengths and weaknesses
Research strengths and weaknesses
Availability of library, reference, and information technology resources
Students should be clear about plans for preparing themselves for doctoral study, particularly if gaps exist in their background.
Part III: Plan of Study and Program of Study Form (3-4 slides)
Note: Refer to your Program of Study (POS) or if you do not have a copy, please contact your Academic Advisor to obtain a copy.
For non-licensure students in the School of Psychology, you only need to refer to your POS for this section.
For students in Clinical Psychology, a state licensure plan also needs to be discussed in this section. This licensure plan needs to present the results of your investigation into the licensing requirements for your state and how you plan to meet those requirements during your study at Walden.
All students must create a timeline for completing the requirements in their POS for this Part III as follows:
In your timeline, group your degree requirements into stages of progress. It is suggested that you target a completion date and work backwards from this date.
Identify specific milestones of academic progress and time frames for completion.
Account for review, revision, and approval of academic work throughout your timeline. Note: Be familiar with the approval processes of your academic work.
Even though you are providing narration to your PowerPoint presentation, please include the following:
Write detailed speaker notes for the slide to complement the slide content. Speaker notes should be clear, in-depth, and function as augmentation to the slide material.
Note: These notes should be written with sufficient depth to allow someone else to deliver the presentation. Make sure the PowerPoint presentation reflects graduate-level writing and presentation standards, with professional-looking graphics and appropriate type style.
Your presentation should be explicit in its detail about what you plan to do at Walden to meet your personal and professional goals.