The purpose of the critique is to demonstrate your ability to comprehend the research reported in a journal paper within your area of research, objectively critique the structure and methodology [i.e., model(s), experiment(s) and/or solution technique(s)] presented in the paper, and suggest improvements to the paper (as a reviewer) or to extend the research presented in the paper (as a proposer). It is expected that this paper will be one of the papers reviewed for the synthesis paper and that the critique of it will sharpen your critique of the technical literature and motivate you toward proposing new research.
Your critique should have two parts. The first part should focus on the objective critique of the article, listing your concerns and the reasons for your concerns. This should focus on issues such as, but not limited to, the relevance and objectives of the research, assumptions made, modeling/experimental techniques used, solutions developed, statistical tests used, findings presented, and conclusions made. The second part should focus on how you propose to improve the paper or extend the results.
Use 12-point font, double-spacing, and one-inch margins in your write-up. Use also headings, sub-headings, tables, and figures as you see fit to communicate the ideas effectively to the reader. Reference the articles that you have selected using the authors’ last name and year in the body of the paper and list them in the back under a list of references.
The paper will be graded based upon the following criteria:
1. Relative depth and breadth of critical evaluation (50%)
2. Writing composition (grammar, spelling, logic and ease of reading) (30%)
3. How would you improve the methodological issues or extend the research noted in the paper? (20%)

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