Research Report Final Submission Grading Rubric (140 points)

Research Report Final Submission Grading Rubric (140 points)

Criteria Levels of Achievement
Content 70% (98 points)
Structure 30% (42 points) Advanced Proficient Developing Not present
Cover Page: Content

Demonstrate ability to create a cover page and title. Title should directly relate to research topic.

7

Title accurately describes research topic.

4 to 6 points

Title has moderate pertinence to research topic.

1 to 3 points

Title has little/or no relevance to research topic.

0 points
Cover Page: Structure

Create a succinct, relevant, grammatical title for the research report.

3 points

No misspellings or grammatical errors present. Capitalization correct.

2 points

Few misspellings or grammatical errors present. Capitalization correct.

1 point

Poor use of grammar and/or capitalization.

0 points
Abstract: Content

Demonstrate ability to write a succinct, easy to read summary of the research report.

35 points

Accurately summarizes purpose, methods, results and conclusions. Contains specific statistical results that support conclusion. Written in past tense.

20 to 34 points

Missing conclusions and/or statistical results. Written in future tense rather than past tense.

1 to 19 points

Missing most relevant information, written in future tense rather than past tense.

0 points
Abstract: Structure

Compose a complete, well organized, comprehensive abstract.

15 points

No misspellings or grammatical errors present. Well organized, cogent, succinct and accurate.

8 to 14 points

Few misspellings or grammatical errors present. Capitalization correct.

Poor organization and flow.

1 to 7 points

Poor use of grammar and/or capitalization.

Disorganized – little or no relevance to report.

0 points
Introduction: Content

Demonstrate the ability to provide succinct, cogent, background narrative and purpose statement for the research project.

7 points

Identifies the relevant research issue.

Specific purpose of the study statement clearly articulated.

Specific research question(s) articulated.

Connections are established with the 2 literature references.

4 to 6 points

Although a research issue is identified, the statement is too broad or the description fails to establish the importance of the problem area.

Connections to the literature are unclear or debatable.

References missing.

1 to 3 points

Fails to establish importance or significance of problem.

Statement of the problem, significance, purpose, questions are omitted or inappropriate.

References missing.

0 points
Introduction: Structure

Compose a succinct, to the point, easy to follow introduction narrative.

3 points

No misspellings or grammatical errors present. Capitalization correct.

Research questions are succinctly stated, connected to the research issue, and supported by the literature.

Contains specific purpose statement.

2 points

Few misspellings or grammatical errors present. Capitalization correct.

The research purpose, questions, hypotheses, or definitions of constructs and variables are poorly formed, ambiguous, or not logically. connected to the description of the problem.

1 points

Poor use of grammar and/or capitalization

The research purpose, questions, hypotheses, or definitions of constructs and variables are missing.

0 points
Methods: Content

Demonstrate the ability to explain the methods used in such a manner to allow the study to be replicated using the methods as presented.

7 points

Procedures for implementing the study are identified and described in a chronological fashion.

Constructs and variables have been identified and described.

Both descriptive and inferential methods are identified. Level of significance is stated.

Null and alternative hypotheses present and correct.

4 to 6 points

Procedures are confusing, incomplete, or lack relevance to purpose, research questions, or sampling strategy.

Constructs and variables definitions unclear.

Descriptive or inferential methods are confusing, are incomplete, or lack relevance to the research questions, data, or research design.

Null and alternative hypotheses present but incorrect.

1 to 3 points

Procedures for treatments and gathering data are omitted.

Constructs and variables definitions missing.

Analytical methods (descriptive, inferential test, and significance level) are missing or inappropriately aligned with data and research design.

Null and alternative hypotheses missing.

0 points
Methods: Structure

Compose methods with logical flow, easy to follow chronological order of steps.

3 points

No misspellings or grammatical errors present. Capitalization correct.

Null and alternative hypotheses correctly stated.

Flow is chronological and easy to follow. Reader can replicate study using the methods described.

2 points

Few misspellings or grammatical errors present. Capitalization correct.

Flow is not chronological or easy to follow. Reader can replicate study using the methods described – but has to figure out the order of events.

1 point

Poor use of grammar and/or capitalization

Key elements missing. Flow is not chronological or easy to follow. Reader unable replicate study using the methods described

0 points
Results: Content

Demonstrate the ability to perform the analyses necessary to describe the sample using appropriate descriptive statistics and to answer the research question using an appropriate inferential statistical test.

Also to provide tables and/or figures to describe the sample and show results.

7 points

Results are present in logical order and are relevant to the sample and research questions. Tables and graphs are used appropriately.

No missing or superfluous tables or figures.

4 to 6 points

Some results are out of order and/or are not relevant to the research questions. Some tables and graphs are used inappropriately.

Some missing or superfluous tables or figures.

1 to 3 points

Most/all results are out of order and/or are not relevant to the research questions. Most tables and graphs are used inappropriately.

Many missing or superfluous tables or figures.

0 points

Also, 0 points earned for results not produced using SPSS.

Results: Structure

Present results in chronological order parallel to methods steps. Formatting, labeling and captioning according to AMA standards.

3 points

No misspellings or grammatical errors present. Capitalization correct.

Tables and figures are correctly labeled and AMA formatted. Tables and figures are correctly referenced in the body of the text.

2 points

Few misspellings or grammatical errors present. Capitalization correct.

Some tables and figures are incorrectly labeled and/or not AMA formatted. Tables and figures are not correctly referenced in the body of the text.

1 point

Poor use of grammar and/or capitalization

No tables and figures are correctly labeled and/or not AMA formatted. Tables and figures are not correctly referenced in the body of the text.

0 points

Also, 0 points earned for results not produced using SPSS.

Discussion: Content

Demonstrate the ability to correctly interpret or describe each table and/or figure presented in the Results section in order to come to a conclusion based on the inferential statistical test results.

35 points

All relevant information included.

Specific statistics stated (statistic, p value) to support decisions/conclusions.

All statistical interpretations and conclusions are correct.

All relevant tables and figures and other results are discussed.

20 to 34 points

Most specific statistics stated (statistic, p value) to support decisions/conclusions.

Most statistical interpretations correct.

Most tables and figures and other results are discussed.

1 to 19 points

Conveys little or no relevant information to reader on first reading.

Few or no references to specific statistics stated (statistic, p value) to support decisions/conclusions.

Statistical interpretations incorrect.

Few if any tables and figures or other results are discussed.

0 points
Discussion: Structure

Compose a chronological, coherent discussion of the findings to include specific statistics and p values to support conclusions.

15

No misspellings or grammatical errors present. Capitalization correct.

Very well written with succinct, cogent sentences.

All tables and figures labeled correctly.

Conveys all relevant information to reader on first reading.

8 to 14 points

Few misspellings or grammatical errors present. Capitalization errors.

Fairly well written with succinct, cogent sentences. Some verbosity.

Most tables and figures labeled correctly.

Conveys most relevant information to reader on first reading.

1 to 7 points

Many misspellings or grammatical errors present. Capitalization errors.

Poorly written. Difficult to follow.

Few tables and figures labeled correctly.

Conveys little relevant information to reader on first reading.

0 points


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