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Capstone Week 2 Assignment

  • In this course, you will complete a Capstone paper in which you apply your critical thinking skills to an issue or problem for which you will create a research question. As you develop your research question your goal is to 1) learn about something you do not know now; 2) identify something doable; and 3) be specific enough that you can gather data and literature about a topic for which there is not already a definitive conclusion. During your review of the literature relevant to your research question, you will integrate current, scholarly articles that represent various perspectives regarding your research question. Then, you will synthesize the information you integrated by identifying the patterns and themes across the articles, as they relate to your research question.
  • This week, you will practice evaluating examples of critical thinking. You will examine current, scholarly articles and evaluate the first two elements of critical thinking—integration and synthesis.
  • and use the “APA Course Paper Template (APA 7)” for this Assignment.

Assignment (2–3 pages, not including title page and resources page)

For the two current, scholarly articles you selected, contrast the evidence of integration and synthesis between the two articles, including in your description how well they meet the rigor of integration and synthesis:

  • Integration—bringing together scholarly resources relevant to a research question; articles, survey data, and other resources (varied credible data sources are evident)
  • Synthesis—what you learned from having brought the integrated resources together; patterns and themes across them; how it relates to your research question (Research question is How has Covid-19 impacted students’ mental health?)

Be sure to support your Assignment with specific references to the Learning Resources and peer-reviewed sources from the Walden Library and/or the internet. Use proper APA format and citations, including those in the Learning Resources.

2 Articles to use for assignment


Chu, Y.-H., & Li, Y.-C. (2022). The Impact of Online Learning on Physical and Mental Health in University Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(5).

Baumann, C., Rousseau, H., Tarquinio, C., Batt, M., Tarquinio, P., Lebreuilly, R., Sorsana, C., Legrand, K., Guillemin, F., & Bourion-Bédès, S. (2021). Effect of the COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown on mental health among post-secondary students in the Grand Est region of France: results of the PIMS-CoV19 study. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 19(1), 265.


Paul, R., & Elder, L. (2020). The miniature guide to critical thinking concepts and tools (8th ed.). The Foundation for Critical Thinking.

Walden University, LLC. (n.d.-a). Using evidence: Synthesis. Retrieved from

Walden University, LLC. (n.d.-b). What is synthesis? Retrieved from

Requirements: 2-3 pages

Answer preview

I have learned that sources from international bodies specializing in global virus outbreaks are highly reliable for research. For example, both articles have provided insight and statistical data reports from the World Health Organization. This resource is credible and reputable for providing access o trusted health data for the public and authors. The World Health Organization has been on the frontline of regularly updating the public globally about the Covid-19 and its impact. Therefore, it is a reliable source for the research question; How has Covid-19 impacted students’ mental health? The patterns and themes of the sources utilized to portray a trend in examining the effect of the Covid-19 outbreak on students in higher learning education. The resources used investigated the mental health impacts and physical health and its association with psychological wellness. Another pattern realized is the integration of the research studies

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