Writing a paper on global climate effects on sea level rise

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BI305 Final_Paper_Rubric_bi305.doc Each student will pick a topic relating to environmental biology to research.  You can pick one of the suggested topics, or pick your own topic  (but if you do the latter you need to check that topic with me first to make sure it is acceptable before you start work on it).  Picking early is recommended as no two students can choose the same topic.  You will then write a 6-10  page typed, double-spaced paper on your chosen topic.  That paper must cite a minimum of THREE peer reviewed sources, as well as other REPUTABLE, high quality resources.   Font MUST be Calibri or Times Roman, no smaller than 10, no larger than 12.  Margins may not be less than 1 “ top, bottom, left and right.

NOTE:  Due to problems in previous classes, ABSOLUTELY NO DIRECT QUOTATIONS may be used in your term paper, EVEN IF APPROPRIATELY CITED.  Your essay is expected to consist ENTIRELY of your own words.  When the IDEAS behind those words are derived from a specific paper (i.e. you are paraphrasing from a specific source), those ideas should be cited appropriately.


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Student Name _______________________________________________________ Criteria Title 2 points Exemplary A clear title is provided which describes the topic the student has chosen to research and the main ideas that the student’s paper will develop Content 70 points Balanced and effective presentation of relevant and legitimate information that clearly supports a central purpose or argument and shows a thoughtful, indepth analysis of chosen topic. Topic is covered with unusually strong depth and insight. Reader gains important insights. The ideas are arranged logically to support the purpose or argument. They flow smoothly from one to another and are clearly linked to each other. Ideas are always clearly communicated. The reader can follow the line of reasoning. Organization and Clarity 8 points Tone 2 points The tone is consistently professional and appropriate for an academic research paper. Good A title is provided which describes the topic the student has chosen to research and the main conclusion that the student’s paper will develop. Information provides reasonable support for a central purpose or argument and displays evidence of a basic analysis of chosen topic. Topic is covered with appropriate depth and insight. Reader gains some insights. Acceptable A title is provided, but it doesn’t clearly describe the content of the paper Unacceptable No title is provided, or the title which is provided does not relate clearly to the main topic of the paper Information supports a central purpose or argument at times. Analysis is basic or general or includes information that is off topic or distracting. Coverage of topic is superficial. Reader gains few insights Central purpose or argument is not clearly identified. Content is minimal or strongly off-topic. Information is confusing and may even be factually incorrect. The ideas are arranged logically to support the central purpose or argument. They are usually clearly linked to each other. Ideas are usually clearly communicated For the most part, the reader can follow the line of reasoning. The tone is generally professional. For the most part, it is appropriate for an academic research paper. In general, the writing is arranged logically, although occasionally ideas fail to make sense together. Ideas are sometimes fuzzy or unclear. The reader is fairly clear about what writer intends. The writing is not logically organized. Frequently, ideas fail to make sense together. Main ideas are often fuzzy and hard to follow. The reader cannot identify a line of reasoning and loses interest. The tone is not consistently professional or appropriate for an academic research paper. The tone is unprofessional. It is not appropriate for an academic research paper. Grammar, Spelling, Writing Mechanics (punctuation, italics, capitalization, etc.) 2 points Length 5 points Academic Integrity 5 points Use of References and Quality of References 5 points The writing is free or almost free of errors Paper is the number of pages specified in the assignment. All words are clearly the student’s own, with little or no reliance on quotes, except where the specific wording, rather than the ideas or contents of the text are the focus of the allusion. All ideas are clearly and reliable attributed to their appropriate sources. Citations are done correctly and consistently. Student cites more than THREE, PEER REVIEWED sources. Other References are from reliable sources such as scientific magazines (Discover, Scientific American, National Geographic etc.), newspapers, journals or reliable websites (e.g. government or academic sites). The reader is confident that the information and ideas can be trusted. There are occasional errors, but they don't represent a major distraction or obscure meaning. The writing has many errors, and the reader is distracted by them. Most words are clearly the student’s own, and those which are not are cited appropriately. Professionally legitimate sources that support claims are generally present. Attribution is mostly clear and fairly represented. Citations are mostly done correctly and consistently. There is a tendency to overuse quotes rather than paraphrasing and citing appropriately. Although attributions are occasionally given, many statements seem unsubstantiated. Some phrases sound “lifted” from source, but quote marks are not used to indicate this. Citations are present but format is inconsistent. NOTE: A grade in this category MAY result in a zero for the overall document and the student being formally reported to the dean Student cites THREE, Peer Reviewed sources. Although some of the rest of the references are professionally legitimate, a few are questionable (e.g. commercial or personal sites). Student cites fewer than three Peer reviewed sources. Many of the references are from sources that have uncertain reliability. The reader is uncertain of the reliability of some of the sources. The reader doubts the accuracy of much of the material presented. There are so many errors that meaning is obscured. The reader is confused and stops reading. Paper has fewer pages than specified in the assignment. The reader is confused about the source of information and ideas. References are seldom if ever cited to support statements. Extensive use of “lifted” text without appropriate use of quote marks. NOTE: A grade in this category WILL result in a zero for the overall document and the student being formally reported to the dean Few sources are cited, or sources cited are from low quality sources. The reader seriously doubts the value of the source material.
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