Dissertation Prospectus

Application Assignment and Final Project Writing Rubric for Dissertation Prospectus This rubric will be used to evaluate submitted written work in this course (Application Assignments). There are four primary quality indicators. All written assignments will be scored on the first three indicators (Responsiveness, Content, and Quality). The final indicator (Research, Scholarship, and Professional Style) applies to the Final Project only. Scoring Instructions • All Application Assignments, except for the Final Project, may earn a maximum of 12 points. It will be scored on the first three quality indicators (Responsiveness, Content, and Quality); the total possible score will be 12 points (4 points for each indicator).

• The Final Project may earn a maximum of 20 points. It will be scored on all four quality indicators. The score on the final indicator (Research, Scholarship, and Professional Style) will be weighted more heavily, and worth double. That is, the maximum score for a Final Project would be 12 points for the first three indicators plus 8 points for the final indicator to yield the maximum score of 20 points. 4 (Exemplary) 3 (Meets the Standard) 2 (Progressing) 1 (Emerging) RESPONSIVENESS TO A PAPER OR WRITING ASSIGNMENT (AS ASSIGNED OR AS SELECTED BY THE STUDENT IF INSTRUCTIONS ALLOW) (Did the student respond adequately to the paper or writing assignment?) 4 Paper or writing assignment is responsive to and exceeds the requirements given in the instructions.

It:

• Responds to assigned or selected topic • Goes beyond what is required in some meaningful way (e.g., ideas contribute a new dimension to what we know about the topic, unearths something unanticipated, etc.) • Is substantive and evidence based

• Demonstrates that the student has read, viewed, and considered the Learning Resources in the course and that the paper topic connects in a meaningful way to the course content

• Is submitted by the due date 3 Paper or writing assignment is responsive to and meets the requirements given in the instructions. It: • Responds to the assigned or selected topic

• Is substantive and evidence based

• Demonstrates that the student has read, viewed, and considered the Learning Resources in the course and that the paper topic connects in a meaningful way to the course content

• Is submitted by the due date 2 Paper or writing assignment is somewhat responsive to the requirements given in the instructions. Content: • Somewhat misses the point of the assigned or selected topic and/or

• Lacks in substance, relying more on anecdotal than scholarly evidence and/or • Contains little evidence that the student has read, viewed, and considered the Learning Resources in the course and that the paper topic connects in a meaningful way to the course content, and/or • Is submitted by the due date 1 Paper or writing assignment is unresponsive to the requirements given in the instructions. Content: • Misses the point of the assigned or selected topic, and/or • Relies primarily on anecdotal evidence, and/or • Contains little evidence that the student has read, viewed and considered the Learning Resources in the course and that the paper topic connects in a meaningful way to the course content, and/or • Is submitted past the late deadline

CONTENT KNOWLEDGE

(Does the content in the paper or writing assignment demonstrate an understanding of the important knowledge the paper/assignment is intended to demonstrate?) 4 Paper or writing assignment demonstrates/provides: • In-depth understanding and application of concepts and issues presented in the course (e.g., insightful interpretations or analyses; accurate and perceptive parallels, ideas, opinions, and conclusions) showing that the student has absorbed the general principles and ideas presented and makes inferences about the concepts/issues or connects to them to other ideas • Rich and relevant examples

• Thought-provoking ideas and interpretations, original thinking, new perspectives • Original and critical thinking, and • Mastery and thoughtful/accurate application of knowledge and skills or strategies presented in the course 3 Paper or writing assignment demonstrates/provides: • Understanding and application of the concepts and issues presented in the course, demonstrating that the student has absorbed the general principles and ideas presented • Relevant examples • Thought-provoking ideas and interpretations, some original thinking, and • Critical thinking, and • Mastery and application of knowledge and skills or strategies presented in the course 2 Paper or writing assignment demonstrates/provides:

• Minimal understanding of concepts and issues presented in the course, and, while generally accurate, displays some omissions and/or errors, and/or • Few and/or irrelevant examples and/or • Few if any thought-provoking ideas, little original thinking, and/or • “Regurgitated” knowledge rather than critical thinking • Little mastery of skills and/or numerous errors when using the knowledge, skills, or strategies presented in the course 1 Paper or writing assignment demonstrates/provides:

• A lack of understanding of the concepts and issues presented in the course and/or application is inaccurate and contains many omissions and/or errors, and/or • No examples or irrelevant examples, and/or • No thought-provoking ideas or original thinking and/or • No critical thinking, and/or • Many critical errors when applying knowledge, skills, or strategies presented in the course

QUALITY OF WRITING 4

Writing is scholarly and exceeds graduate-level writing expectations. The paper: • Uses language that is clear, concise, and appropriate • Has few if any errors in spelling, grammar, and syntax • Is extremely well-organized, logical, clear, and never confuses the reader • Uses a preponderance of original language and uses direct quotes only when necessary and/or appropriate • Provides information about a source when citing or paraphrasing it 3 Writing is scholarly and meets graduate-level writing expectations. The paper: • Uses language that is clear

• Has a few errors in spelling, grammar, and syntax; • Is well-organized, logical, and clear • Uses original language and uses direct quotes when necessary and/or appropriate • Provides information about a source when citing or paraphrasing it 2 Writing is somewhat below graduate-level writing expectations: The paper: • Uses language that is unclear and/or inappropriate; and/or • Has more than occasional errors in spelling, grammar, and syntax, and/or • Is poorly organized, is at times unclear and confusing, and has some problems with logical flow, and/or • Reflects an underuse of original language and an overuse of direct quotes and paraphrases, and/or

• Sometimes lacks information about a source when citing or paraphrasing it 1 Writing is well below graduate-level writing expectations: The paper: • Uses unclear and inappropriate language, and/or • Has many errors in spelling, grammar, and syntax and/or • Lacks organization in a way that creates confusion for the reader, and/or • Contains many direct quotes from original source materials and/or consistently and poorly paraphrases rather than using original language, and/or • Lacks information about a source when citing or paraphrasing it For Research Papers Only, Include the Following Trait

RESEARCH, SCHOLARSHIP, AND PROFESSIONAL STYLE 4

The paper represents exceptional research, scholarship, and professional style. Paper content: • Significantly contributes to the knowledge in the field

• Is well supported by current and pertinent research/evidence (within the previous 5 years, except for seminal, original research where appropriate) from a variety of primarily primary, peer-reviewed sources (rather than textbooks and websites), and • Consistently uses correct APA form and style (including citations, references, use of nonbiased language, clear organization, good editorial style, etc.) with very few or no errors 3 The paper meets graduate-level expectations for research, scholarship, and professional style. Paper content: • Contributes to knowledge in the field • Is supported by current and pertinent research/evidence (within the previous 5 years, except for seminal, original research where appropriate) from a variety of peer-reviewed books and journals (rather than textbooks and websites)

• Uses correct APA form and style (including citations, references, use of nonbiased language, clear organization, good editorial style, etc.) with only a few errors 2 The paper is somewhat below graduate-level expectations for research, scholarship, and professional style. Paper content: • Does little to contribute to knowledge in the field • Is often supported by research older than 5 years, secondary sources (textbooks and websites), and sources that lack in variety and/or • Uses APA form and style (including citations, references, use of nonbiased language, clear organization, good editorial style, etc.) but has frequent errors 1 The paper is substantially below graduate-level expectations for research, scholarship, and professional style. Paper content: • Does not contribute to knowledge in the field

• Is, for the most part, unsupported by current (within the past 5 years), primary, and pertinent research/evidence from a variety of peer-reviewed books and journals, and/or • Does not use or contains pervasive errors in APA style (including citations, references, use of nonbiased language, clear organization, good editorial style, etc.) For your final project in week 11 we will do the premise. Your discussion is an outline for your prospectus. The application will be a full 2-page premise that includes the following: Introduction Gap Problem Purpose Method and design RQs/hypos Use all the feedback you have been given this course to improve the premise you wrote earlier this term.

Again, a full 2 pages. Think of an inverted triangle and deductively lead the reader to the problem. Look at my research 101 lesson 5 to help you. I believe around slide 72 or 74 you want to start looking at to help you. Dissertation Prospectus For your Final Project, you are required to complete an annotated outline of your proposed prospectus using the Dissertation Prospectus guide and the Prospectus Rubric located on the Walden University Center Research website. Please also read the Prospectus FAQ’s on this site to prepare (http://researchcenter.waldenu.edu/). Your Final Project must adhere to APA-style guidelines. It will be graded on a 20-point scale and is worth 30% of your final grade. Although the Final Project is not to be submitted until Day 7 of Week 11, you should become familiar with the project requirements and have them in mind as you proceed through the course.

The Final Project will be evaluated according to all four indicators in the Application Assignment and Final Paper Writing Rubric located in the Course Info area on the left navigation bar. Final Project • For your Final Project, you are required to complete your Dissertation Prospectus using the Dissertation Prospectus Template located on the Walden University Center for Research website (http://researchcenter.waldenu.edu/). Although the Final Project is not due until Day 7 of Week 11, you should become familiar with the project requirements and have them in mind as you proceed through the course.

Course Rubrics

• Discussion Posting and Response Rubric Be sure to access, print, and read the Discussion Posting and Response Rubric before you post to the weekly Discussion area. This is the rubric used to evaluate your online Discussion postings and responses. Use it as a guide to evaluate your own postings and responses before submitting them to the weekly Discussion area. • Application Assignment and Final Project Writing Rubric Access, print, and read this rubric before you begin your Application Assignments.

Consider keeping this rubric in front of you as you complete your Application Assignments to be sure you have addressed the applicable rubric criteria in your assignment. Each Application Assignment in this course will be evaluated according to the first three indicators listed in the rubric. In addition, this course has a Final Project, which will be evaluated according to all four indicators in the rubric.

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