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Using Online Resources for Peer Critiques of Graduate Theses
Unformatted Document Text:  are posted on Blackboard. Students are expected to post written assignments as scheduled to the discussion board and critiques are posted there as well. The instructor downloads the paper and prepares editing remarks, then e-mails the edited text to the student with the appropriate rubric attached. SCORING RUBRIC: THE RESEARCH PROPOSAL (20 points) The research proposal is a draft statement of the study you wish to undertake. It is your initial road map, and changes may occur along the way. No worries, simply state the changes and edit your work for the subsequent installments of the final project paper. This small paper is valued at 20 points. ____ ABSTRACT 1 PT High (1) Clearly focused research question and proposal summary including procedure/timing.. Low (0) Lacking in focus, unable to summarize proposal _____ PROBLEM STATEMENT/JUSTIFICATION 5 PTS High (5) Explanation study’s important with explanation of key concepts/policies Adequate (3) Incomplete explanations. Low (0-1) Unclear or gaps in justification, concepts, policies. _____ OBJECTIVES 1 PT High (1) Clear relationship between study and objective. Low (0) Unclear relationship. _____ RELATED RESEARCH 5 PTS High (5) Good grasp of literature/expert opinion to study. Adequate (3) Incomplete discussion of literature/expert opinion.Low (0-1) Lack of understanding of existing research/opinion. _____ PROCEDURE 5 PTS High (5) Good explanation of methods to be used. Adequate (3) Incomplete explanation of methods.Low (0-1) Lack of understanding of methods. _____ PLAN OF ACTION 2 PTS High (2) Good Gantt chart and explanation of plan. Low (0-1) Incomplete chart and explanation of plan. _____ PERSONNEL 1 PT High (1) Good statement of researcher expertise/interest. Low (0) Lacking BUDGET– Statement should be part of proposal.ENDNOTES All work needs referencing and referencing is part of other section scores. COMMENTS: (General assessment and specific ideas for future improvement.) 4

Authors: Long, Dianne.
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are posted on Blackboard.
Students are expected to post written assignments as scheduled to the discussion board and
critiques are posted there as well. The instructor downloads the paper and prepares editing
remarks, then e-mails the edited text to the student with the appropriate rubric attached.
SCORING RUBRIC: THE RESEARCH PROPOSAL (20 points)
The research proposal is a draft statement of the study you wish to undertake. It is your initial
road map, and changes may occur along the way. No worries, simply state the changes and edit
your work for the subsequent installments of the final project paper. This small paper is valued at
20 points.
____ ABSTRACT 1 PT
High (1)
Clearly focused research question and proposal summary including
procedure/timing..
Low (0)
Lacking in focus, unable to summarize proposal
_____ PROBLEM STATEMENT/JUSTIFICATION 5 PTS
High (5)
Explanation study’s important with explanation of key concepts/policies
Adequate (3) Incomplete explanations.
Low (0-1)
Unclear or gaps in justification, concepts, policies.
_____ OBJECTIVES 1 PT
High (1)
Clear relationship between study and objective.
Low (0)
Unclear relationship.
_____ RELATED RESEARCH 5 PTS
High (5)
Good grasp of literature/expert opinion to study.
Adequate (3) Incomplete discussion of literature/expert opinion.
Low (0-1)
Lack of understanding of existing research/opinion.
_____ PROCEDURE 5 PTS
High (5)
Good explanation of methods to be used.
Adequate (3) Incomplete explanation of methods.
Low (0-1)
Lack of understanding of methods.
_____ PLAN OF ACTION 2 PTS
High (2)
Good Gantt chart and explanation of plan.
Low (0-1)
Incomplete chart and explanation of plan.
_____ PERSONNEL 1 PT
High (1)
Good statement of researcher expertise/interest.
Low (0)
Lacking
BUDGET– Statement should be part of proposal.
ENDNOTES All work needs referencing and referencing is part of other section scores.
COMMENTS: (General assessment and specific ideas for future improvement.)
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