Psychology

Psychology

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Psychology 301-01 Fall 2016 Term Paper Rubric

Unacceptable

(below standards)

Acceptable

(meets standards)

Good (occasionally exceeds standards) Excellent (consistently exceeds standards) Pts
Intro

5 points

Does not adequately convey topic. Does not describe subtopics to be reviewed.

Lacks adequate theses statement.

Conveys topic, but not key question(s).

Describes subtopics to be reviewed. General theses statement.

Conveys topic and key question(s).

Clearly delineates subtopics to be reviewed. General thesis statement.

Strong introduction of topic’s key question(s), terms.

Clearly delineates subtopics to be reviewed. Specific thesis statement.

Focus

15 Points

Little evidence material is logically organized into topic, subtopics or related to topic.

Many transitions are unclear or nonexistent.

 

Most material clearly related to subtopic, main topic. Material may not be organized within subtopics.

 

Attempts to provide variety of transitions. All material clearly related to subtopic, main topic and logically organized within subtopics.

 

Clear, varied transitions linking subtopics, and main topic.

All material clearly related to subtopic, main topic. Strong organization and integration of material within subtopics. Strong transitions linking subtopics, and main topic.

Support

Peer review journal articles

12 Points

Few sources supporting thesis. Sources insignificant or unsubstantiated. 4 or less sources Sources generally acceptable but not peer-reviewed research (evidence) based.

5-6 sources

Sources well selected to support thesis with some research in support of thesis.

7-9 sources

Strong, peer reviewed research based support for thesis.

10-12 sources

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

5 Points

 

Does not summarize evidence with respect to thesis statement.

Does not discuss the impact of researched material on topic.

 

Review of key conclusions.

Some integration with thesis statement.

Discusses impact of researched material on topic.

 

Strong review of key conclusions. Strong integration with thesis statement. Discusses impact of researched material on topic.

 

Strong review of key conclusions. Strong integration with thesis statement. Insightful discussion of impact of the researched material on topic.
 

Grammar/Spelling/

APA Style

 

13 points

Errors in APA style detract substantially from the paper.

Word choice is informal in tone.

Writing is choppy,

with many awkward or unclear passages.

Errors in APA style are noticeable. Word choice

Occasionally informal in tone. Writing has a few awkward or unclear passages.

 

Rare errors in APA style that do not detract from the paper. Scholarly style. Writing has minimal awkward of unclear passages.

 

No errors in APA style. Scholarly style. Writing is flowing and easy to follow.

 

Overall Grade 34-0 Points 39-35 Points 44-40 Points 50-45 Points

 

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