Research Proposal – Thesis, Major Points, and Plan

Jan 24th, 2015
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Assignment 2: Research Proposal – Thesis, Major Points, and Plan
Due Week 3 

Select a topic on which your persuasive writing paper will be focused.

Topics to select from: 

1) whether all U.S. students should be required to take four years of foreign language in high school?

2) whether colleges should expel students caught cheating or plagiarizing?

3) whether the U.S. government should offer tax credits for purchase of electric or hybrid vehicles?

Write a one to two (1-2) page research proposal in which you:

  1. Identify the topic you selected and explain two (2) reasons for using it.
  2. Include a defensible, relevant thesis statement in the first paragraph. 
  3. Describe three (3) major characteristics of your audience (official position, decision-making power, current view on topic, other important characteristic).
  4. Describe the paper’s scope and outline the major sections.
  5. Identify and explain the questions to be answered.
  6. Explain your research plan, including the methods of researching and organizing research.  
  7. Document at least three (3) primary sources and three (3) secondary sources. Use credible, academic sources available through Strayer University’s Resource Center. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting guidelines:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required page length. 

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Recognize the elements and correct use of a thesis statement. 
  • Write a research proposal that states the claim and scope of the research project.
  • Outline the main sections of the research project.
  • Devise an ordered research plan to obtain appropriate resources.
  • Write clearly and concisely about selected topics using proper writing mechanics.  
  • Use technology and information resources to research selected issues for this course. 

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.


Points: 120

Assignment 2: Research Proposal – Thesis, Major Points, and Plan

Criteria

 

Unacceptable

Below 60% F

Meets Minimum Expectations

60-69% D

 

Fair

70-79% C

 

Proficient

80-89% B

 

Exemplary

90-100% A

1. Identify thetopic you selected and explain two (2) reasons for using the genre.

 

Weight: 5%

Did not submit or incompletely identified the topic you selected and did not submit or incompletely explained two (2) reasons for using the genre.

Insufficiently identified the topic you selected and insufficiently explained two (2) reasons for using the genre.

Partially identified the topic you selected and partially explained two (2) reasons for using the genre.

Satisfactorily identified the topic you selected and satisfactorily explained two (2) reasons for using the genre.

Thoroughly identified the topic you selected and thoroughly explained two (2) reasons for using the genre.

2. Include a defensible, relevant thesis statement in the first paragraph.

Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely included a defensible, relevant thesis statement in the first paragraph.

Insufficiently included a defensible, relevant thesis statement    

in the first paragraph.

Partially included a defensible, relevant thesis statement in the first paragraph.

Satisfactorily included a defensible, relevant thesis statement in the first paragraph.

Thoroughly included a defensible, relevant thesis statement in the first paragraph.

3. Describe three (3) major characteristics of your audience (official position, decision-making power, current view on topic, other important characteristic).

Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely described three (3) major characteristics of your audience.

Insufficiently described three (3) major characteristics of your audience.

Partially described three (3) major characteristics of your audience.

Satisfactorily described three (3) major characteristics of your audience.

Thoroughly described three (3) major characteristics of your audience.

4. Describe the paper’s scope and outline the major sections.

Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely described the paper’s scope and did not submit or incompletely outlined the major sections.

Insufficiently described the paper’s scope and insufficiently outlined the major sections.

Partially described the paper’s scope and insufficiently outlined the major sections.

Satisfactorily described the paper’s scope and satisfactorily outlined the major sections.

Thoroughly described the paper’s scope and thoroughly outlined the major sections.

5. Identify and explain the questions to be answered.

Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely identified and explained the questions to be answered.

Insufficiently identified and explained the questions to be answered.

Partially identified and explained the questions to be answered.

Satisfactorily identified and explained the questions to be answered.

Thoroughly identified and explained the questions to be answered.

6. Explain your research plan, including the methods of researching and organizing research. 

Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely explained your research plan; did not submit or incompletely included the methods of researching and organizing research. 

Insufficiently explained your research plan; insufficiently included the methods of researching and organizing research. 

Partially explained your research plan; partially included the methods of researching and organizing research. 

Satisfactorily explained your research plan; satisfactorily included the methods of researching and organizing research. 

Thoroughly explained your research plan; thoroughly included the methods of researching and organizing research. 

7. Document at least three (3) primary sources and three (3) secondary sources, 

Weight: 20%

No references provided

Does not meet the required number of references; all references poor quality choices.

Does not meet the required number of references; some references poor quality choices.

Meets number of required references; most references high quality choices.

Meets number of required references; all references high quality choices.

8. Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements

Weight: 25%

More than 8 errors present

7-8 errors present

5-6 errors present

3-4 errors present

0-2 errors present



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