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Evaluation Item: Formal Research Paper (Graded)

Overview

Students are required to complete a formal research paper to demonstrate that they have learned the steps involved in writing a formal report.

Deliverables

  •     ● Cover Letter (Note the journal or conference to which the work is being submitted (if applicable). This is the body of the Email.)
  •     ● Cluster Diagram (single page attachment, PNG format)
  •     ● Complete Linear Outline (attachment)
  •     ● Report (attachment)

Submission Guidelines

  •     ● Report must be submitted in both hard and soft (electronic) copy formats.
  •     ● Due Date: End of Course for all but Option 1: Letter
  •     ● Hardcopy should be given to the teacher during class or submitted during office hours.
  •     ● Softcopy should be sent by Email to assignment@kejiyingwen.com
  •     ● The Subject of the Email should include the university acronym, department acronym, your student ID, your name,report option. For example,

Evaluation: Based on Report Option Chosen Below (total = 25 points)

ItemCommentsPoints for Various Options
1 Letter2 Paper3 Poster4 Multimedia
Linear Outlinesufficient depth, good organization, formatted as discussed in class 1051010
TitleGood English, accurate, interesting 2.5
Abstract50-100 words, purpose, method, results, conclusion 2.5
Visual AppealAttractive with good sized fonts and Pictures 5
Macro-level(See individual options for details) 6105
Micro-levelGrammatically correct, good sentence structure, spelling correct, English not Chinglish5555

Report Options: Choose one (1) and only one (1) of the following

Option 1. Letter-Style Paper: The Story of my Life

  •     ● Length: 500 to 1000 words. Maximum of 3 figures, Minimum of 1 Figure.
  •     ● Due: Week 5 (9 week course) or 10 (18 week course) for initial submission. Week 8 (9 week course) or 17 (18 week course) for final revised submission
  •     ● Evaluation: Either ACCEPT (17.5/25), REVISE(0/25) or REJECT (0/25)
  •     ● Macro-level points divided equally among following items:
  •         - Introduction (general problem stated, literature review, hypothesis stated, plan of attack summarized, interesting, appropriate length)
  •         - Body (includes experimental information, results & discussion)
  •         - Conclusion (Summarizes key points, restates hypothesis, author opinions, appropriate length)

Option 2. Full Research Paper

  •     ● May be either Based on your own research OR Based on your class project (i.e. Internet Survey, Cup Design, etc.)
  •     ● Length: > 1000 words
  •     ● Macro-level points divided equally among following items:
  •         - Introduction (general problem stated, literature review, hypothesis stated, plan of attack summarized, interesting, appropriate length)
  •         - Experimental (clear explanation, correct verb tense, sufficient depth)
  •         - Results (Figure quality, format correct, understandable)
  •         - Discussion (style, logic, paragraph order smooth, understandable)
  •         - Conclusion (Summarizes key points, restates hypothesis, author opinions, appropriate length)
  •     ● If your research is not yet complete, you may guess the results. If you do this, please make clear which results are guessed.
  •     ● If the paper is based on your research, your supervisor must sign the hardcopy of the paper to certify that
  •         - the English writing is primarily your work (not another student's)
  •         - research results are original (i.e. not a summary of a published paper).

Option 3. Poster Style Research Paper

  •     ● The Poster must be submitted and accepted by a recognized conference.
  •     ● The Poster must be in English
  •     ● Cover letter must include detailed information about the conference to which you have submitted the poster.
  •     ● Please discuss with the facilitator first if you want to choose this option.
  •     ● Note: Do not choose this option if you are not planning to submit to a conference.

Option 4: Multimedia Based Learning Aid for Use in This Course

  •     ● This may be an individual or small group project.
  •     ● If you wish to choose this project, please discuss your ideas first with teacher and get approval.