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FMLY 2400 D01

Objectives

Assignment 2 Winter 2017 due Monday April 10 th , 10% of final grade

1. Summarize and interpret current research on family finance.

2. Locate reliable, scholarly information on Canadian family finances.

3. Prepare a paper in APA format.

4. Integrate course materials into your paper.

Report requirements

How long is this paper? A maximum 3 pages typed, double spaced, not including title page, reference list, tables and charts. Writing over 3.25 pages will not be read or graded.

What are the general APA format rules? Papers must have 1 inch margins, 12 point font and double spacing. All quotes must have quotation marks, with proper in-text citations. All paraphrases must have proper in-text citations. All charts, figures and tables must be in APA format* (see OWL Purdue online for examples).

What do I put on my title page? Student name, course name, assignment title and date.

What do I put on my reference list? All sources cited in your paper, listed and formatted as shown in the APA style manual, or online at OWL Purdue’s Online Writing Lab.

*Do not copy and paste any items from other sources. Data source must be stated at the bottom of the chart (this is the APA format, which you can find online at the OWL Purdue website).

For this paper, you must read the report “Current State of Canadian Family Finances 2013-2014” published online by the Vanier Institute of the Family: http://vanierinstitute.ca/resources/family- finances/.

In your paper:

1. Summarize two findings from the Vanier report that you believe are important for you to know about family finances in Canada today. Explain why this information is important to your study of family financial health. Integrate information from our course materials and cite all materials in APA format. (1-2 pages)

2. Then, locate and summarize one piece of research or a report that relates to an area of

family finance you are interested in. (approximately 1 page). Your sources for this paper must meet all this criteria:

Be based on Canadian data

Be based on current information (published in 2011 or later)

Be from a peer reviewed journal* or a scholarly source for reports.**

*Use the U of M library to locate peer reviewed articles:

http://libguides.lib.umanitoba.ca/FSS If you have questions, contact Asako Yoshida well in advance of the due date to get her help locating sources. **Scholarly sources for this paper are: Vanier Institute of the Family, Statistics Canada and other government websites, CCPA, CRA, FCAC, CBC.ca or the Globe and Mail newspaper. If your source is not from one of these sources, email me by April 1 st to confirm you can use it.

Letter

Significance on written work and criteria used to assess written assignments (letter grades correspond

grade

to bottom of grading scale. B=75%)

A+

Exceptional: student demonstrates superior grasp of the subject matter, an ability to go beyond the given material in a critical and constructive manner, superior ability to organize, analyze and integrate ideas, going beyond insights offered in course materials. A+ papers are also free of grammatical and mechanical errors.

A

Excellent: student demonstrates superior grasp of the subject matter, ability to go beyond the given material in a critical and constructive manner, strong ability to organize, analyze and integrate ideas, solid familiarity with course material. ‘A’ papers are relatively free of grammatical and mechanical errors.

B+

Very good: B+ papers demonstrate almost all of the qualities of an ‘A’ paper but fall short in one key

area, often writing style or ability to organize, analyze, and integrate ideas.

(over)

B

Good: A more than adequate performance, student demonstrates: thorough grasp of subject matter, a good understanding of the relevant issues and adequate referencing of relevant materials.

C+

Satisfactory: C+ papers demonstrate almost all of the qualities of B papers, but fall short in one key area, often because some material and ideas are not well organized, or because some aspect of the materials appears to be not well understood.

C

Acceptable: An adequate performance in which the student demonstrates: a generally adequate grasp of subject matter, adequate understanding of relevant issues, adequate referencing of relevant materials. Report is mostly descriptive (summarizing) rather than critical / analytical. Failure to use course items to support claims. Referencing and / or citations need editing.

D

Marginal: Student demonstrates some familiarity with subject matter. Paper is missing content (did not complete all assignment items listed), may not be referenced and / or organized adequately in sections. The student displays some familiarity with course material/ concepts. May contain:

inaccuracies, missing citations, writing or structural errors.

F

An inadequate performance. Poorly written and / or contains too many errors, does not meet criteria for the assignment or does not illustrate understanding of the material cited.