PSYCH-360: Final Research Paper Rubric (30 points total) 4: Exemplary 3: Meets

PSYCH-360: Final Research Paper Rubric (30 points total)
4: Exemplary
3: Meets Expectations
2: Needs Improvement
1: Inadequate
Title Page
The title page contains a running head, appropriate title, name and school affiliation. (2 points is exemplary)
The title page is missing, incomplete, or is incorrectly formatted.
Integration of Knowledge
The paper demonstrates that the author fully understands and has applied concepts learned in the course. Concepts are integrated into the writer’s own insights. The writer provides concluding remarks that show analysis and synthesis of ideas.
The paper demonstrates that the author, for the most part, understands and has applied concepts learned in the course. Some of the conclusions, however, are not supported in the body of the paper.
The paper demonstrates that the author, to a certain extent, understands and has applied concepts learned in the course.
The paper does not demonstrate that the author has fully understood and applied concepts learned in the course.
Topic focus
The topic is focused narrowly enough for the scope of this assignment. A thesis statement provides direction for the paper, either by statement of a position or hypothesis.
The topic is focused but lacks direction. The paper is about a specific topic but the writer has not established a position.
The topic is too broad for the scope of this assignment.
The topic is not clearly defined.
Depth of discussion
In-depth discussion & elaboration in all sections of the paper.
In-depth discussion & elaboration in most sections of the paper.
The writer has omitted pertinent content or content runs on excessively. Quotations from others outweigh the writer’s own ideas excessively.
Cursory discussion in all the sections of the paper or brief discussion in only a few sections.
Cohesiveness
Ties together information from all sources. Paper flows from one issue to the next without the need for headings. Author’s writing demonstrates an understanding of the relationship among material obtained from all sources.
For the most part, ties together information from all sources. Paper flows with only some disjointedness. Author’s writing demonstrates an understanding of the relationship among material obtained from all sources.
Sometimes ties together information from all sources. Paper does not flow – disjointedness is apparent. Author’s writing does not demonstrate an understanding of the relationship among material obtained from all sources.
Does not tie together information. Paper does not flow and appears to be created from disparate issues. Headings are necessary to link concepts. Writing does not demonstrate understanding any relationships
Connection to future career
Makes relevant, thoughtful, and meaningful connections with knowledge gained in course and applicability to future plans or career (regardless of whether or not it is a career in science/healthcare). Provides good examples of how learning about the brain is beneficial to the author’s life.
Makes relevant connections with knowledge gained in course and applicability to future plans or career. Provides some examples of how learning about the brain is beneficial to the author’s life.
Made superficial connection with future plans or career. Minimal details as to how learning about the brain is beneficial to the author’s life.
Made little to no connection with future plans or career. No details as to how learning about the brain is beneficial to the author’s life.
Spelling and grammar
No spelling &/or grammar mistakes.
Minimal spelling &/or grammar mistakes.
Noticeable spelling & grammar mistakes.
Unacceptable number of spelling and/or grammar mistakes.
Citations
Cites all data obtained from other sources. APA citation style is used in both text and bibliography.
Cites most data obtained from other sources. APA citation style is used in both text and bibliography.
Cites some data obtained from other sources. Citation style is either inconsistent or incorrect.
Does not cite sources.