Bio 111 Lecture Research Paper

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RESEARCH PAPER GRADING RUBRIC
Bio 111 Lecture Research Paper Rubric (Total 40 points)
This is the grading rubric used by the instructor for your research paper. Read this ahead of time to understand what is needed for your paper and the points that will be awarded for each area of the paper.
TO DO: 1. Learn how to use ‘end notes’ in a Word document to create your reference page (work cited). 2. Learn APA format for references.

0 – 1 point 2 points 3 points 4 points
Introduction: worth 12% (5 points)
· title page
· introduction
No title page
Introduction very weak
Title page has few mistakes
Introduction is written fair
Title page has 1 mistake
Introduction is written well
Exceptional Title page
Exceptional Introduction – captures readers attention
Instructor Comments:

Points Awarded: ___________

0 – 1 point 2 points 3 points 4 points
Body: worth 12% (5points)
· structure/organization
· flow
· Use of bullets, or automatic numbers in paper
· Use of subheadings
· No flow or no logical organization
· Too much information in one paragraph, needs to be separated into more paragraphs
· Repeated information is in paper
· No use of bullets, automatic numbers or subheadings.
· Occasional repeat of information, some not needed
· The ideas are arranged logically, although occasional ideas fail to make sense together. The reader is fairly clear about what the writer intends.
· No use of bullets, automatic numbers or subheadings.
· No repeated information unless absolutely necessary.
· The ideas are arranged logically to support the topic. The ideas usually flow easily, for the most part the reader can follow the line of reasoning.
Exceptional structure and organization. Exceptional flow of one sentence to the next, one paragraph to the next
Instructor Comments:

Points Awarded: ___________
The next 4 areas are used for content. Total content (all 4 areas added together) is worth 50% (20 points)

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0 points 1 – 2 points 3 – 4 points 5 points
Describe the normal (healthy) anatomy & physiology of the major system(s) involved. Not addressed in paper · One to two areas of accuracy are questioned
· Very basic coverage of system
· Information provides reasonable support for topic
· Demonstrates an acceptable understanding of system
· Reader gains some insights
· Exceptional in accuracy supporting topic
· demonstrates a great understanding of system
· reader gains important insights
Instructor Comments:

Points Awarded: ___________

0 points 1 – 2 points 3 – 4 points 5 points
Describe the causes (etiology) and risk factors of the condition. Not addressed in paper · One to two areas of accuracy are questioned
· Very basic coverage
· Information provides reasonable support for topic
· Demonstrates an acceptable understanding
· Reader gains some insights
· Exceptional in accuracy supporting topic
· demonstrates a great understanding; very thorough coverage
· reader gains important insights
Instructor Comments:

Points Awarded: ___________

0 points 1 – 2 points 3 – 4 points 5 points
Explain how the body’s systems are affected by the condition. Brief description of signs and symptoms, clinical tests if relevant. (Note: this is not a clinical paper, do not give elaborate or lengthy details) Not addressed in paper · One to two areas of accuracy are questioned
· Very basic coverage
· Information provides reasonable support for topic
· Demonstrates an acceptable understanding
· Reader gains some insights
· Exceptional in accuracy supporting topic
· demonstrates a great understanding; very thorough coverage
· reader gains important insights
Instructor Comments:

Points Awarded: ___________

0 points 1 – 2 points 3 – 4 points 5 points
Treatments and/or cures – now and in the future (preventative measures can be addressed in this section if applicable)
Give a Very Brief description or statements only.
Not addressed in paper · One to two areas of accuracy are questioned
· Very basic coverage
· Information provides reasonable support for topic
· Demonstrates an acceptable understanding
· Reader gains some insights
· Exceptional in accuracy supporting topic
· demonstrates a great understanding; very thorough coverage
· reader gains important insights
Instructor Comments:

Points Awarded: ___________

0 -1 point 2 points 3 points 4 points
Spelling & Grammar: worth 10% ( 4 points) · Frequent spelling errors (2-3 per page)
· Frequent grammatical errors
· Spelling errors (average 1 per page)
· Grammatical errors (average 1 per page)
· Infrequent spelling errors
· Infrequent grammatical errors
Exceptional – no grammatical or spelling errors
Instructor Comments:

Points Awarded: ___________

0 -1 point 2 points 3 points 4 points
Conclusion: worth 10% (4 points) · No conclusion evident or very weak conclusion · Conclusion is weak, not covering the majority of important facts from entire paper · Conclusion summarizes most aspects of the overall paper · Conclusion not only summarizes the entries paper but has several new creative conclusions and personal insight.
Instructor Comments:

Points Awarded: ___________

0 -1 point 2 points 3 points 4 points
References: worth 10% (4 points)
· Quality of Resources
· Works cited
· Paraphrasing in text
· Quotations in text
· No works cited or incorrectly cited
· Sources used are not reliable or current
· Paraphrasing or quotations not used when necessary
· Works cited present but two areas are not correct
· 2 – 3 reliable and current sources used
· Credit given to authors about ½ of the time
· Works cited present one area not correct
· 4 – 5 reliable and current sources used (one must be conventional)
· Credit given to authors most of the time
· Works cited correctly
· 6 reliable sources used (2 are conventional and 4 are internet).
· All sources are current and cited correctly
· In text citing is excellent
Instructor Comments:

Points Awarded: ___________
Reductions: Students will lose the points listed below for not following directions:
Paper will be given zero score and rejected if paper is plagiarized, no matter if properly cited.
Late Submission of Paper – loss of 2 points per day late regardless of reasons
2 points for each page over or under the correct amount
2 points for not using proper font or spacing
2 points for not using correct margin size
Total Points:
Point Reduction: ___________
Final Score: ___________/40 points
Bio 203 Lecture Research Paper
Rubric / Aug. 2016

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