Each student in HAS 5125 course will be asked to write a polished original research paper. The research paper will increase the student’s critical perspectives, awareness, and knowledge in a course subject area. Each paper will focus on a specific and narrowly defined topic. The topic could be formulation, implementation, or/and modification phases of any health policy making at federal or state level. Students choose the focus of their papers based on their professional and academic interests within the course’s context. All topics must be approved before writing. Students may consult individually with instructor as they formulate research topics, collect sources, draft their papers, and revise work for final submission.
The paper should demonstrate that the student has read widely and critically in the relevant field. The student has a chance to present his/her point of view through a well-structured and compelling paper while properly citing others’ ideas. The paper’s references section should include at least 5reliable, current, and professional sources.
The paper must be at least 9 pages long including an abstract, with 12–pt font double-spaced, and 1 inch margins all around. The paper should adhere to the American Psychological Association style manual, and must be submitted to the Blackboard before the deadline. According to FIU policy, student papers will be checked by the Blackboard plagiarism detection software. Violations of the student code of conduct (plagiarism, cheating) will result in an F being assigned for this course.
Research Paper Rubric
|4Exceeds Expectations||3Meets Expectations||2Approaches Expectations||1Does not Meet Expectations|
|Abstract||Clearly and sequentially conveys the content of paper||Gives a general overview of paper topic, but no sequential elaboration of contents||Does not provide a clear representation of paper contents||Not provided|
|Topic Introduction||Excellent introduction that addressed purpose, theoretical basis, and significance of the paper topic. The significance of the research paper has been established and grounded in previous knowledge or research.||Adequate introduce purpose, and significance of the topic with some weaknesses. The significance of the research has been established.||Significant weaknesses in introduction of purpose, significance of the topic.||The introduction is unacceptable.|
|Development||Paper statement or research question addresses a relevant and specific course area and advances a new argument or perspective||Paper statement or research question addresses a relevant and specific course area||Paper statement or research question is overly general but makes an arguable claim||Paper statement or research question is not well defined or absent|
|Evidence||Paper statement or research question is thoroughly supported by evidence, examples, observations, and appropriate citations||Paper statement or research question is supported by appropriate citations||Paper statement or research question is supported by some evidence with citations||Paper question is unevenly or illogically supported. citations are inappropriate|
|Critical Thinking||Integrates different disciplinary knowledge and includes evidence of reflection||Integrates multiple viewpoints and compares ideas or perspectives||Considers multiple viewpoints and ideas tentatively||Does not consider multiple points of view|
|Delivery||Very clear and concise flow of ideas. Transitions between ideas enhance the presentation in paragraphs and subsections||Order of ideas in paragraphs and subsections is easy to follow||Order of ideas in paragraphs is apparent but occasionally difficult to follow||Order of ideas in paragraphs is usually difficult to follow|
|Conclusions||Extends conclusions to address implications and consider ambiguities||Conclusions are logical based on arguments and evidence presented||Conclusions only loosely follow from arguments and evidence presented||Fails to identify conclusions or conclusions presented are simplistic|
|Writing Style||Paper is coherent, concise and well structured with a clear purpose. Error free (spelling, grammar, typographical errors)||Paper is coherent, concise and well structured with a clear purpose and few errors.||Paper conveys the main points of the topic but additional polish is needed. Several errors||Paper is incoherent with little structure; difficult to appreciate the content; numerous errors|
|Citation of sources||Appropriate citation of sources. Contains 5 or more relevant references||Contains references to at least 5, the majority of which are relevant. A few missing citations||Contains references to 5 studies but most are irrelevant||Does not include other studies. Lack of citations|
|Paper guidelines and APA style (e.g., references, levels of heading, margins)||APA guidelines were followed||APA guidelines were followed with a few instances of incorrect formatting and style||APA guidelines were used but there are several instances of incorrect formatting and style.||APA style was not used.|