the research paper should begin with a one- to three-sentence statement of the main thesis
Research Paper (80 pts., Paper should be 6-7 pages long, including cover sheet and reference page).
The research paper should begin with a one- to three-sentence statement of the main thesis. Writing a thesis involves taking a position concerning an issue. It clearly states the author’s perception, but uses other people’s work to articulate that perception. Your paper should present your beliefs or conclusions related to the topic, without you directly stating your personal beliefs (e.g., Do not say “I think or I believe. Instead, say “In his book, John Doe states….”). Your research paper should ideally include references from the readings available in this course. The paper should also include material from other sources (please see rubric for guidance on this and use UMUC’s available library resources). The argument paper is worth 26 percent of your overall grade, so it is important that you do well on it.
A Crash Course on Research (Argument) Papers
- Select an issue or dilemma of interest.
- Review the pertinent literature.
- Decide on your perception; take a stance.
- Articulate your perception in a thesis statement.
- Summarize the issues; demonstrate an understanding of the controversy.
- Defend/argue in favor of your perception using all resources available.
- Finish with a strong summary statement that reinforces your thesis.
- Proofread your work; use grammar/spellcheck functions.
- Revise; submit final draft.
Research (Argument) Paper Grading Rubric
|Grade Range 0-80||Measurement Criteria|
|80||Paper demonstrates all components of critical thinking and analysis consistently. Thesis is explicit and clearly and succinctly stated. Thesis is supported by at least five key points. Paper contains more than seven reference citations, appropriate tables, charts, and graphs. Paper is well-organized, easy to read, and free of grammatical and syntax errors. Paper has title page, page numbers, table of contents, and subheadings within text. Paper is publication-worthy.|
|70||Paper demonstrates at least five components of critical thinking and analysis. Paper meets minimum page requirements. Paper’s thesis is explicit and somewhat clearly and succinctly stated. Paper contains at least three reference citations. Paper is organized, easy to read, and free of grammatical and syntax errors.|
|60||Paper demonstrates three components of critical thinking and analysis. Paper meets minimum page requirements. Paper’s thesis is evident in the arguments provided. Paper contains one reference citation. Paper is organized, is somewhat easy to read, and contains no more than one or two grammatical and syntax errors.|
Paper illustrates fewer than three components of critical thinking and analysis. Paper may not meet minimum page requirements. Paper’s thesis is unclear. Paper may not contain a reference citation. Paper is somewhat disorganized and contains grammatical and syntax errors.
|Below 50||Paper is devoid of critical thinking and analysis components, and does not meet minimum page requirements.|
Resubmission of coursework from other courses or other instances of this course, partial or entire assignments, is not permitted in this course. If your paper is not related to the course topic, you will be given a grade of 0%.
Research (Argument) papers that demonstrate critical thinking and analysis include components such as
1. identification of assumptions
2. assessment of available data or evidence
3. presentation of perspectives
4. drawing of conclusions
5. discussion of potential or actual implications
6. listing of consequences
7. presentation of relevant solutions