Week 4 Assignment: Final Paper Outline PBHE 527 Instructions Select a topic

Week 4 Assignment: Final Paper Outline PBHE 527
Instructions
Select a topic and population pertinent to social and behavioral aspects to public health nationally or internationally. Explain and incorporate health behavior model(s) and/or theory/theories to develop a program that addresses the public health issue. Include recommendations for policy changes, if applicable.
Submit your outline for your research paper after you have gained approval for your paper topic via messaging your instructor (by end of Week 3).
You must include:
1) The topic: must be related directly to course material
2) Thesis statement: Your thesis is a statement (not a question or a topic) that describes what your paper will be about and provides a unique perspective (see: Purdue OWL).
3) Outline: Should have an introduction followed by 3 sections that will discuss 3 main points that defend your thesis and end with conclusions (see: Purdue OWL)
4) At least three (3) references (2 must be outside of the class readings). All must be academic* in nature and properly formatted in APA style). APA format. Refer to Purdue OWL
*A lot of students have trouble with identifying academic sources versus popular sources. Examples of popular sources include NY Times, CNN, WebMD, History Channel, and Wikipedia. These are not acceptable sources for upper level college writing.
Criteria
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Criterion Score
FOUNDATION OF KNOWLEDGE
25 points
Student demonstrates proficient command of the subject matter in the assignment. Assignment shows an impressive level of depth of student’s ability to relate course content to practical examples and applications. Student provides comprehensive analysis of details, facts, and concepts in a logical sequence.
20 points
Student exhibits above average usage of subject matter in the assignment. Student provides above average ability in relating course content in examples given. Details and facts presented provide an adequate presentation of student’s current level of subject matter knowledge.
17.5 points
Student exhibits a general and average understanding of subject matter in the assignment. Whereas, there are areas of some concerning in the linkages provided between facts and supporting statements. Student generally explains concepts, but only meets the minimum requirements in this area. 
15 points
Student tries to explain some concepts, but overlooks critical details. Assignment appears vague or incomplete in various segments. Student presents concepts in isolation, and does not perceive to have a logical sequencing of ideas.
0 points
Did not attempt
Score of FOUNDATION OF KNOWLEDGE,/ 25
SYNTHESIS OF KNOWLEDGE
25 points
Student exhibits a defined and clear understanding of the assignment. Topic is clearly defined and thesis is well-constructed to help guide the reader throughout the assignment. Student builds upon the thesis of the assignment with well-documented and exceptional supporting facts, figures, and/or statements.
20 points
Student establishes a good comprehension of topic and in the building of the assignment. Student demonstrates an effective presentation with most support statements helping to support the key focus of assignment.
17.5 points
Student exhibits a basic understanding of the intended assignment, but the thesis is not fully supported throughout the assignment. Some difficulty in seeing linkages between thoughts. While student has included a few supporting facts and statements, this has limited the quality of the assignment.
15 points
Student exhibits a limited understanding of the assignment. Reader is unable to follow the logic used for the thesis and development of key themes. Introduction of thesis is not clearly evident, and reader must look deeper to discover the focus of the writer. Student’s writing is weak in the inclusion of supporting facts or statements.
0 points
Did not attempt
Score of SYNTHESIS OF KNOWLEDGE,/ 25
APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE
25 points
Student demonstrates a higher-level of critical thinking necessary for graduate level work. Learner provides a strategic approach in presenting examples of problem solving or critical thinking, while drawing logical conclusions which are not immediately obvious. Student provides well-supported ideas and reflection with a variety of current and/or world views in the assignment. Student presents a genuine intellectual development of ideas throughout assignment.
20 points
Student exhibits a good command of critical thinking skills in the presentation of material and supporting statements. Assignment demonstrates the student’s above average use of relating concepts by using a variety of factors. Overall, student provides adequate conclusions, with 2 or fewer errors.
17.5 points
Student takes a common, conventional approach in guiding the reader through various linkages and connections presented in assignment. However, student presents a limited perspective on key concepts throughout assignment. Student appears to have problems applying information in a problem-solving manner.
15 points
Student demonstrates beginning understanding of key concepts, but overlooks critical details. Learner is unable to apply information in a problem-solving fashion. Student presents confusing statements and facts in assignment. No evidence or little semblance of critical thinking skills.
0 points
Did not attempt
Score of APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE,/ 25
Writing Skill
15 points
Student demonstrates an excellent command of grammar, as well as presents research in a clear and concise writing style. Presents a thorough, extensive understanding of word usage. Student excels in the selection and development of a well-planned assignment with error-free and reflects student’s ability to prepare graduate-level writing. APA formatting guidelines followed with no errors in citations. Incorporate a variety of resources with at least 3 academic references.
12 points
Student provides an effective display of good writing and grammar. Assignment reflects student’s ability to select appropriate word usage and presents an above-average presentation of a given topic or issue. Assignment appears to be well written with no more than 1-2 grammatical errors. Student provides a good final product that covers the above-minimal requirements. APA format; 1-2 errors in citation. Incorporate less than 3 academic references.
10.5 points
Assignment reflects basic writing and grammar, but with more than 5 grammatical errors. Key terms and concepts are somewhat vague and not completely explained. Student uses a basic vocabulary in assignment. Student’s writing ability is average, but demonstrates a basic understanding of the subject matter. APA format, but with several omissions and with more than 2 errors in citation. Incorporate less than 3 academic references.
9 points
Topics, concepts, and ideas are not coherently discussed or expressed in assignments. Student’s writing style is weak and needs improvement, along with numerous proofreading errors. Assignment lacks clarity, consistency, and correctness. Student needs to review and revise assignment. Several grammatical errors. APA format not used and errors throughout paper & citations. Lack of appropriate references or source materials; The paper is not of acceptable quality for graduate-level work.
0 points
Did not attempt
Score of Writing Skill,/ 15
ORGANIZATION OF IDEAS/FORMAT
10 points
Student thoroughly understands and excels in explaining all major points. An original, unique, and/or imaginative approach to overall ideas, concepts, and findings is presented. Overall format of assignment includes an appropriate introduction, well-developed paragraphs, and conclusion. Finished assignment demonstrates student’s ability to plan, and be organized in a logical sequence.
8 points
Student explains the majority of points and concepts in the assignment. Learner demonstrates a good skill level in formatting and organizing material in assignment. Student presents an above average level of preparedness, with few formatting errors.
7 points
Student applies some points and concepts incorrectly. Student uses a variety of formatting styles, with some inconsistencies throughout the paper. Assignment does not have a continuous pattern of logical sequencing.
6 points
Assignment reveals formatting errors and a lack of organization. Student presents an incomplete attempt to provide linkages or explanation of key terms.
0 points
Did not attempt