ESTABLISHINGTHESIS/DISSERTATION PAPER CRITERIA MODULE 5 By: Jocelyn M. Gallegos
•Any research process is complex and hasmany feedback loops.•The knowledge “output” of basic researchmight--- often after years or even decadesfind utility as a practical “outcome”.
• Examples:• Louis Pasteur’s most fundamental understanding about microbiology grew out of practical attempts to control spoilage in beer and wine.• In contrast, a knowledge-seeking study in basic research can lead to a discovery of great practical value.• The atomic phenomenon of stimulated emission identified by Einstein in 1917 led eventually to the laser light that carries our e-mail today along fiberoptic lines.*• *Beyond Discovery: The Path from Research to Human Benefit. www.nationalacademies.org/beyongdiscovery.
CLOSEPUP’s EVALUATION CRITERIA• The Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy of the United States proposed three evaluation criteria for expert research review process:• QUALITY• RELEVANCE• LEADERSHIP
QUALITY• The sine qua non of quality review is objectivity.• Panels are experts.• Tradition of honesty.
RELEVANCE• Does the research address subjects in which new understanding could be important in fulfilling a purpose or goal?• Is the research useful for user groups?• Will the research contribute to new knowledge?
LEADERSHIP• It is considered to be a potentially effective criterion to test whether research is being performed at the forefront of scientific and technologic knowledge on an international level.
Other criteria• A. Clear Focus• Is the topic clear?• It is relevant to the course/program?• Is it clearly introduced at the beginning of the paper?• Are the body of the paper and its conclusion clearly related to the topic?
• B. Research• Does the paper contain enough information to back up the ideas?• Are there enough sources of information?• Are the sources reliable?• Are they recent?• Are they varied and balanced, especially on controversial issues?• When appropriate, were different types of sources used, such as books, journals, newspapers, interviews, or the Internet?
• C. Reasoning and Organization• Are the key concepts defined and presented in a clear way?• Does the argument follow a logical outline?• Are the parts of the paper coherent?• Are they logically connected?• Are the information presented clearly?• When appropriate, was there use of statistics, tables and/or graphs?• Are quotes used only when necessary?• When quoted exactly, word for word, are quotations used to introduce and cite source?
D. Documentation• Is the information documented in the body of the paper?• Are sources cited in the ___ Style?• Are they in the right places?• Does "Works Cited" page list ALL the works cited in the paper, and no others?• Are they cited correctly?
E. Writing Mechanics• Is the paper free of grammatical, spelling, and typing errors?• Are sentences short, clear, and free of unnecessary jargon?
MODULE 6 DESIGNING RUBRICS FOR RESEARCH EVALUATION• A research paper rubric is a systematically constructed scoring table that will allow effective evaluation of a research paper.• It is a list of equivalent points to be applied to certain research paper features and characteristics.
PROPERTIES OF RESEARCH PAPER USING RUBRICS• 1. The feasibility and significance of the topic.• 2. The strength of the thesis/dissertation statement.• 3. The structure of the research paper whether it is complete in parts and chapters.• 4. The format used for the layout and how the paragraphs were arranged.• 5. The citation style used.
• 6. The coherence of the discussion parameters.• 7. The technical specifications of the paper whether the instructions were followed.• 8. The absence of proofreading errors.• 9. The overall appeal of the research paper contents.
• 10. Originality and significance – New or original ideas – Overall contribution and significance – Whether made assumptions are realistic.