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Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

CA 491 Senior Project

Semester

S1T 2013 DL

Faculty

Dr. Joan E. Aitken

Title

Professor,  Arts and Communication

Degrees/Certificates

BA Communication Theory
MA Speech; MA Curriculum and Leadership
EdD Higher Education and Communication

Office Location

Distance location (Eastern Standard Time).

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

ne number is in eCollege contact information, at the bottom of non-eCollege emails, and in http://people.park.edu

E-Mail

joan.aitken@park.edu

Web Page

http://ourwayit.com/Guidelines.html

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

CA 348 and CA 382

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

REQUIRED FOR ONLINE STUDENTS:  The Style Manual for the Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership

APA (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
 
See additional information in the Doc Sharing and in the Content Analysis link (lower left of the course screen).

 

In you APA manual, READ and KNOW American Psychological Association (APA) Ethical Requirements for this program:

 

Expectations of ethical behaviors pp. 11-20.

Compliance checklist p. 20.

Complying With Ethical, Legal, and Policy Requirements, p. 231-236.

Crediting Sources pp. 169-174.

Self-plagiarism, pp. 16, 29, 170.

 

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Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.


Course Description:
ONLINE CA491 Senior Project: The course may not be taken before the senior year. It is a capstone course in which the student designs a practical project aimed at publication in a commercial newspaper or magazine (or broadcast outlet), researches the project, completes the writing (or broadcast production), and may offer it to the appropriate editors. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The senior project is a major, usually a content analysis.  The paper is an original student work designed for in-depth study in communication studies. The student should focus on a topic of keen interest because of the amount of time and effort that will be involved. 

Phase 1 (CA 348): Decide on a topic and write a review of literature in your Theories of Communication course.

Phase 2 (CA 382): Write the proposal for your senior project research study in Communication Research.

Phase 3 (CA 491): Collect and analyze the data in Senior Project.

The purposes of the senior project include the following: 

(a.) To synthesize your learning process through a capstone experience that brings together the skills you have learned in this program,

(b.) To prepare you for graduate studies,

(c.) To prepare you for writing research reports, which are often used in the workplace. 

Now is a unique time for you, as you transition from the role of student to professional. Understand that each professor may handle the senior project differently.

Online course materials were developed by Dr. Aitken, so they reflect her expectations about your particular project. Your professor reserves the right to make changes in order to adapt to circumstances and student needs.


This process takes much self-discipline and willpower as you work independently on your project. Students are often overwhelmed by what feels like the magnitude of this senior project. Talk to your professor regularly and whenever you need help! You will have much freedom about your work, but you will need to work consistently, stay motivated, and keep focused. The 8 weeks will move very quickly, and you don’t want to delay your graduation.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. To design an original research project that examines a specific area within the communication discipline.
  2. To clearly and concisely state the goals of the project and the questions to be explored.
  3. To provide an overview of the scholarly literature in the area of inquiry.
  4. To select an appropriate methodology to gather data that addresses the research questions.
  5. To critically examine the data and draw appropriate conclusions that are consistent with the evidence.


Core Assessment:

The core assessment consists of a two-semester, five part research project containing a Introduction, Review of the Literature, Research Methodology, Results and Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. (Rubric Attached) {Assesses outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5}

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS FOR ONLINE STUDENTS
WEEK 1 CA 491 Dropbox Assignment due week 1: Senior project preparation paper from CA 348 or CA 382, or another course.

Learning Objectives:
(a.) to demonstrate your progress toward your senior project prior to this course.
(b.) to finalize an appropriate study design for the project.
(c.) to demonstrate your current research and writing skills.
Instructions: Submit the core assessment research paper you completed for CA 348 and CA 382. In this course you will continue on the same topic to complete the full research paper for your senior project.

Grading: There is no professor grading evaluation of your work from a previous course, so you simply receive credit for submitting your work or no credit for failing to submit your work by the Sunday deadline. Your professor may make suggestions regarding your method and data collection so you can start that process immediately.

CA 491 Example Grading Rubric
Week 1 Assignment

Pass (50 points)

Fail (0 points)

Grading Criteria for This Assignment

Required to Pass:

  • Submitted in dropbox.
  • Readable file format (e.g., doc, docx).
  • Appropriate for Senior Project Prospectus in Communication Studies.
  • Submitted the core assessment research paper you completed for CA 348 and senior project prospectus from CA 382.

Missing one of the elements at the left.

Professor Suggestions

You will want to make sure your project method is clearly explained. Follow any specific suggestions in expanding and clarifying your Method section for next week. You have to know exactly what you will analyze (the exact webpages, the name of the film, the name of the television show) AND your categories of analysis (based on your review of literature).
Read About Content Analysis:
http://www.ischool.utexas.edu/~palmquis/courses/content.html and for more information http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/research/content/

This assignment cannot be submitted late.


WEEK 2 Method Section (Dropbox) due week 2, Sunday 11:59 PM:

Learning Objectives:
(a.) to apply a content analysis method to answer the research question or select the method best suited to research goal.
Instructions: Write a detailed methods section using content analysis to answer your research question. If you use a different method, you will need to include Institutional Research Board application information and approval, a copy of your NIH certification, a copy of the measure you plan to use, and other relevant information indicated in the APA style manual regarding the method section.

Grading: This assignment will receive a pass/fail grade. Your professor may give you suggestions for improving your method section in your final senior project with results and Discussion is due week 5.


CA 491 Example Grading Rubric 1
Week 2 Assignment

Pass (50 points)

Fail (0 points)

Grading Criteria for This Assignment

Required to Pass:

  • Submitted in dropbox.
  • Readable file format (e.g., doc, docx).
  • Appropriate for Senior Project Prospectus in Communication Studies.
  • Student shows clear progress toward writing a research method for the project.

Missing one of the elements at the left.

Assignment Elements Required for Week 6 Core Assessment Submission

  • Clearly indicated what will be analyzed (e.g., speech, websites, film, television program).
  • Provided categories of analysis based on scholarly communication research and theories.
  • Sufficient detail so the study can be replicated.

Professor Suggestions

Make sure your method is specific, narrow, and doable so you can complete your data analysis in two weeks (for week 5)

 


CA 491 Example Grading Rubric 2
Week 2 Assignment

Meets Standards for assignment
50 points

Lacks Adequate Standards
(Provide a major revision for the core assessment.)
0 point

CONTENT ANALYSIS

  • Clearly indicated what will be analyzed.
  • Provided categories of analysis.
  • Sufficient detail so the study can be replicated.

REQUIRED ETHICS AND PROFESSIONALISM

1. No question about research-based content for the categories of analysis
2. Uses own words.
3. Avoids direct quotations, but uses quotation marks or left column indent in those rare cases of direct quotation.
4. No opinion without research citation.

Zero Credit, with no opportunity for revision of the assignment, with one of the following:

Any Turnitin duplication, plagiarism, fabrication, or academic integrity problem.
or
If the professor cannot open your file, you will earn zero points. Acceptable formats include .doc, .txt, and .rtf.

WEEK 5 CA 348 Final Senior Project due in dropbox week 5, Sunday 11:59 PM:

Learning Objectives:
(a.) to demonstrate development and execution of a research study.
(b.) to meet key objectives of the course required by the department of Communication Arts.
Instructions: Write a complete research study in communication, including the results and discussion stages. Typical faculty expectations include the following:
1. 35-65 pages.
2. 20-50 scholarly references from Ebsco Host's Communication and Mass Media Complete.
3. APA style citations, writing style, and reference list.
4. All content in the Introduction and Review of Literature is paraphrased using the student's own words AND cited using APA style.
5. Completed research with results.
6. No opinions except in the Discussion section.
7. Clear research method described and applied, such as a content analysis.

200 POINTS--Grading: This assignment is the most important one of the course. Because your professor may give you detailed feedback so you can revise the final project before you submit to the Department, please do not expect a grade and feedback in less than a week.

Your professor may use the rubric approved by the department or a more detailed rubric such as the one below.

CA 491 EXAMPLE GRADING FOR FINAL SENIOR PROJECT WEEK 5

Total __/200

Competency

Grading (Each objective worth 10 point)

Mastery: Meet all objectives
100%

Nearing Mastery
80%

Basic Standards
70%

Content

__/50

  • Introduction--Justify problem, Timeline for completion
  • Literature review
  • Method/data gathering and analysis description
  • Results
  • Discussion

Met all objectives.

Missing one objective or two objectives are incomplete.

Missing two objectives or multiple objectives are incomplete.

Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation

___/50 points

  • Paraphrasing sources clearly cited.
  • Uses peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • 20-50 high quality sources from Communication & Mass Media Complete
  • Results were clearly presented.
  • Discussion showed insight

Met all objectives.

Missing one objective or two objectives are incomplete.

Missing two objectives or multiple objectives are incomplete.

Application

___/50 points

  • Results show effective application of the method.
  • Discussion shows effective analysis of data.
  • Appropriate APA writing organization and style.

Met all objectives.

Missing one objective or two objectives are incomplete.

Missing two objectives or multiple objectives are incomplete.

Whole Artifact

___/50 points

  • All content in student’s own words.
  • Well developed ideas about the topic.
  • Substantive content (minimum 30 pages).
  • Clear ideas.
  • Original research.

Met all objectives.

Missing one objective or two objectives are incomplete.

Missing two objectives or multiple objectives are incomplete.

DISCUSSION BOARD

 

WEEKLY DISCUSSION BOARD Demonstrate learning, self analysis, and skill improvement:

MASTERY

100%

Example points: 20

NEARING MASTERY
(LACKS ONE ELEMENT)

90%

18 points

BASIC STANDARDS
(LACKS TWO ELEMENTS)

70%

14 points










INCLUDES ITEMS BELOW:

    1. Post information that shows progress toward completing the senior project on time.
    2. Use your own words. Avoid direct quotations, but use APA citations and reference style for paraphrasing.
    3. Post to all required threads and others as appropriate.
    4. Respond with substance to at least one post from other students.
    5. Use rhetorical sensitivity, tact, and empathy to create a nonconfrontational and supportive learning community.
    6. Use formal writing style, grammar, capitalization. Use speller. No e-lingo. APA citation and reference style of quality sources.
    7. Keep confidences and do not use real names of individuals, companies, or organizations, unless it's public information.
    8. Post on multiple days during the week so you are part of an interactive conversation with other students.

CA 491 EXAMPLE GRADING FOR REVISED SENIOR PROJECT WEEK 8

Total __/360 points

Example Core Assessment Senior Project Grading Rubric for Week 8
The professor's observation is based on (check all that apply)
__ Having this student in at least one classroom course.
__ Advising.
__ Portfolio.
__ Supervised Professional Experience.
__ Read Senior Project.

Competency

Exceeds Expectations

Meets Expectations

Below Expectations

No Observed Evidence

Project Contents

Extraordinary content.

Senior project contains original research project with title page, abstract, introduction, review of literature, results, and discussion.

Inadequate in one or more areas, or inadequate substance (fewer than 30 pages).

Effective Writing

APA writing or style errors are not noticeable.

Few APA writing or style errors.

APA writing or style errors interfere with effectiveness.

Met Deadline

Submitted early

Submitted on time to course dropbox and department chair.

Required extension

1. Professionalism

Seeks & uses feedback.

Skilled communication.

Late, below entry level work expectations.

2. Centrality of Communication

Applied communication in personal and professional life.

Showed application of communication.

Sometimes revealed importance of communication.

3. Critical Thinking

Uniquely analyzed evidence or argument.

Determined validity, logic, use of evidence.

Sometimes confused by inferences or propaganda.

4. Ethics

Demonstrated clear ethical system.

Cited and referenced sources of ideas.

Sometimes cited or referenced sources.

5. Open Discourse

Presented diverse points of view.

Presented two points of view.

Used single point of view.

6. Professional Canon

Explained communication theories behind ideas.

Traced development of the field.

Discussed some professional elements.

7. Discern Messages

Strategic message creation.

Demonstrated effective context message creation.

Sometimes message appropriate for context.

 

Grading Key:

A= 2 or more "exceeds" selected and nothing below “meets expectations” (360 points)
B= Nothing below "meets expectations." (300 points)
C= 1 or 2 “below” selections, rest “meets” or “exceeds” (270 points)
D= 3-5 below "meets expectations" (230 points)

Program Objectives
  1. The graduate recognizes excellence in professional activities and demonstrates the ability to create high level professional work. The graduate demonstrates professional dispositions in all activities.
  2. The graduate demonstrates effective communication across cultures and audiences in her personal and professional life. The graduate recognizes the centrality of effective communication in societies and among peoples.
  3. The graduate engages in critical and strategic thinking in personal and professional decision making.
  4. The graduate applies ethical principles in resolving professional questions always recognizing the connection between professional communicators and their communities. The graduate’s personal and professional ethics are in harmony. The graduate expresses the desire to utilize her profession for the good of her community.
  5. The graduate demonstrates appreciation of the First Amendment, freedom of speech, a free press, open inquiry and open government in the United States and honors the value of free and open discourse in all societies. The graduate also recognizes and applies the corresponding responsibilities inherent in such an open society in her personal and professional conduct.
  6. The graduate demonstrates familiarity with the history and canon of the profession.
  7. The graduate demonstrates awareness of the modern symbolic environment, discerns the implicit and explicit messages contained in a variety of texts, then applies her understanding of symbols and effects to her personal and professional life.

Grading:

ASSIGNMENTS FOR ONLINE STUDENTS

Due each week: Weekly Writing Progress in the Discussion Board
Due week 5: Senior Project
Due week 8: Revision of Senior Project Dropbox assignment: Submit in dropbox AND email the final version of your senior project to the Department Chair jmark.noe@park.edu with a copy of the email to your CA 491 professor.
Due week 8: Proctored Final Exam
 
ASSIGNMENT WEIGHTS FOR ONLINE STUDENTS
Because of the individualistic nature of the senior project, you will need to discuss assignments and grading with your professor.  The focus is on the weekly assignments leading to the completion of the senior project.

GRADING SCALE
Typically, final grades are earned according to the following scale:
A = 900-1000
B = 800-899
C = 700-799
D = 600-699
F = 599 or below

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Final senior project due to your professor week 5 and to the department week 8.

SUBMIT ON TIME!

 

For online students, assignments are due by Sunday weeks 1-7 or Friday week 8 in electronic form in eCollege.

 

LATE WORK

Communication professionals are on time. Being late communicates negatively nonverbally. The research suggests that people who are late consider themselves more powerful and superior to the rest of the group. Consider these findings about people in the US who are late:

"In cultures that value promptness, one of the questions raised about time centers on the person who is constantly late. What does habitual tardiness reveal about the person?

 

"Chronic lateness, in a formal-time culture, may be deeply rooted in a person’s psyche. Compulsive tardiness is rewarding on some level. A key emotional conflict for the chronically late person involves his or her need to feel special. Such a person may not gain enough recognition in other ways; people must be special in some way, so the person is special by being late.

 

Other reasons include needs for punishment or power or as an expression of hostility. Tardiness can also be a sign that a person wants to avoid something or that the activity or person to be met is not important enough to warrant the effort to be on time. Procrastinators are often not valued in a linear time-focused culture" (cited in Berko, Wolvin, & Wolvin, 2009, p. 81).

 

Berko, R., Wolvin, A., & Wolvin, D. (2009). Communicating:  A social, career and cultural focus. Boston: Pearson.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Course Developer's Guidelines http://ourwayit.com/Guidelines.html

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Week

Assignment Due by Sunday, 11:59 PM

1

Submit in dropbox your proposal from CA 348 or CA 382
Discussion Board—Introduce yourself.

2

Dropbox assignment: Update your proposal to use a content analysis method. Hopefully you've had some time to think about your paper and a document, website, film, or television show you could analyze along that line. Discussion Board update

3

Submit in dropbox: Write and add the “Results” section to your thesis. You probably want to include tables of your findings. Discussion Board update

4

Submit in dropbox: Draw conclusions about your results. Write the Discussion section and add that to your project. Discussion Board update

5

Dropbox assignment: Your completed senior project (core assessment). Submit in dropbox: Critically examine the data and draw appropriate conclusions that are consistent with the evidence. Now is the time to put together everything you've done on your project and submit.   Discussion Board update

6

Discussion Board update

7

Discussion Board update

8

Dropbox assignment: Submit in dropbox AND email the final version of your senior project to the Department Chair jmark.noe@park.edu with a copy of the email to your CA 491 professor.
Proctored Final Exam

9

Graduate!

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
Academic Honesty and Plagiarism:
Use your own words in everything. If the idea is someone else's, cite and reference the source of information. In the rare case you use someone else's words, use quotation marks, and cite, and reference in APA style.

Any student who duplicates content--as identified by Turnitin software--without direct quotations and proper citation should expect an "F."

The Style Manual for the Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership
APA (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

READ and KNOW American Psychological Association (APA) Ethical Requirements for this program:

Expectations of ethical behaviors pp. 11-20.
Compliance checklist p. 20.
Complying With Ethical, Legal, and Policy Requirements, p. 231-236.
Crediting Sources pp. 169-174.
Self-plagiarism, pp. 16, 29, 170.

For additional information about ethical expectations, see
http://onlineacademics.org/Grad/Ethics.htm

BE HONEST AND ETHICAL

What is ethical student behavior?
US society values private ownership, including ownership of ideas. Cite and reference all sources of information and ideas according to APA style. Academic integrity is crucial to this course. You will see basic expectations in your Park University catalog and in your APA manual.
USE YOUR OWN WORDS in everything you write or present in this course.
USE PRIMARY SOURCES and cite everything you paraphrase.
EVERY ASSIGNMENT NEEDS TO BE ORIGINAL WORK PREPARED BY THE STUDENT ONLY FOR THIS COURSE.
BE RESPONSIBLE. When conducting research and preparing assignments, take precise, correct, and careful notes. Use your own words by paraphrasing, but remember to record a reference listing of the source you will use. Any notes where you copy the words of others need to be indicated by quotation marks and referenced so you remember the source. If you are unsure, go back and look it up.
What is unethical student behavior?
Plagiarism in this course is failure to use APA style by crediting the source of ideas or information.

Some examples of plagiarism include the following:
1. Using words from a journal article without using quotation marks.
2. Using a review of literature information from a journal article without indicating that you are citing the secondary source. You should look it up in the original source--primary source--if you plan to use the information.
3. Failing to use quotation marks when providing a direct quotation.
4. Failing to cite and reference the source of paraphrased ideas.
5. Using part or all of an assignment written by the student, but turned in previously in another course.
6. Using part or all of an assignment written by another student or someone else.
7. Copying information with citations without using quotation marks for the real author's words and citing the information as a secondary source.
8. Citing the source of information, but failing to use quotation marks to indicate the words were written by that source.

Academic dishonesty includes unethical behavior, such as falsification of data. Some examples of unethical research or writing include the following:
1. Quoting more than 200 words from a single source, even when using quotation marks, a citation, and reference listing.
2. Quoting an author's abstract.
3. Turning in part of an assignment you submitted for another course.

Under Park University policy, inappropriate citation or academic dishonesty as described above can result in a failing grade for the assignment or for the entire course. Previously in some communication courses, students have earned an "F" for an individual assignment that used words written by someone else without using correct APA citation. Students have earned an "F" in the course when a major course assignment (core assessment assignment) used some words written by someone else without using correct APA citation.

Faculty may use plagiarism detection software to determine whether the content can be found through the Internet, published sources, or in an assignment submitted by another student at another university.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:
This syllabus is a tentative guideline for the course.  The Senior Project is handled in an individualistic way, as an agreement between the individual professor and each student. 



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
The core assessment consists of a two-semester, five part research project containing a Introduction, Review of the Literature, Research Methodology, Results and Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. (Rubric Attached) {Assesses outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5} Review of Literature contains 10 sources. Review of Literature contains less than 10 sources. Review of Literature does not contain any sources. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Research methodology is directly tied to the purpose and yields a rich data source that exceeds expectations. Research methodology is tied to the purpose and determines the information that is needed. Research methodology is not directly tied to purpose and does not yield the relevant information needed Research methodology does not relate to the purpose and does not yield relevant information. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Results and Discussion shows mastery of systematic research methods to discover patterns of human interaction and draw appropriate conclusions related to purpose of study. Results and Discussion shows use of acceptable and systematic research methods to discover patterns of human interaction and draw appropriate conclusions. Results and Discussion shows use of some acceptable and systematic research methods to discover patterns of human interaction and draw appropriate conclusions. Results and Discussion does not show use of acceptable and systematic research methods and draws inappropriate conclusions. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Extensive use of professional-level vocabulary. Acceptable use of appropriate vocabulary. Rudimentary, inappropriate use of vocabulary. Poor, inappropriate use of vocabulary. 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Professional mastery in all five project components: Introduction, Review of Literature, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. Meets acceptable standards in all five project components: Introduction, Review of Literature, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. Meets some of the acceptable standards in all five project components: Introduction, Review of Literature, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. Does not meet acceptable standards in all five project components: Introduction, Review of Literature, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Meets all General Tests of Evidence: (1) Is there enough evidence offered? (2) Is the evidence clear and meaningful? (3) Is the source clearly and accurately cited? (4) Is the evidence the most recent? (5) Is the evidence typical? (6) Is the evidence internally consistent? (7) Is the evidence relevant? Meets most of the General Tests of Evidence: (1) Is there enough evidence offered? (2) Is the evidence clear and meaningful? (3) Is the source clearly and accurately cited? (4) Is the evidence the most recent? (5) Is the evidence typical? (6) Is the evidence internally consistent? (7) Is the evidence relevant? Meets some of the General Tests of Evidence: (1) Is there enough evidence offered? (2) Is the evidence clear and meaningful? (3) Is the source clearly and accurately cited? (4) Is the evidence the most recent? (5) Is the evidence typical? (6) Is the evidence internally consistent? (7) Is the evidence relevant? Does not meet the General Tests of Evidence: (1) Is there enough evidence offered? (2) Is the evidence clear and meaningful? (3) Is the source clearly and accurately cited? (4) Is the evidence the most recent? (5) Is the evidence typical? (6) Is the evidence internally consistent? (7) Is the evidence relevant? 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Project focus is clear, thoughtful and imaginative, sources are smoothly integrated and persuasively support the project focus, sequence of topics is smooth with a convincing rhetorical pattern, and there are no grammatical errors. Project focus is clear and sustained, sources clearly support the purpose, sequence of topics is logical, and occasional sentence structure or diction problems do not seriously distract the reader. Project focus is clear but commonplace, sources are not always relevant and critically discussed, sequence of topics is generally easy to follow but may occasionally wander, and there are enough mechanical problems to temporarily distract the reader. Project lacks focus, makes no use of sources, sequence of topics is difficult to follow, and has severe problems with sentence structure or word choice. 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Project contains all five project components: Introduction, Review of Literature, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research and is completed on a professional-level. Project contains all five project components: Introduction, Review of Literature, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. Project is lacking one or more of the five project components: Introduction, Review of Literature, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. Project does not contain the five project components: Introduction, Review of Literature, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. 

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