Less Than Satisfactory 72%-75%
Excellent 90% – 100%
|20.0 %Research problem and purpose
||Does not mention research problem or purpose of study.
||There are some inaccuracies in describing the research problem.
||The research problem and purpose are present and mostly accurate.
||The research problem and purpose are described with reference to nursing.
||The problem and purpose of the study are clearly articulated, and their importance to nursing addressed.
|20.0 %Research objective, questions or hypotheses
||Does not mention objections, research question (s) or hypotheses.
||There are some inaccuracies describing the research objective, questions or hypotheses.
||The research objective, questions or hypotheses are present and mostly accurate.
||The research objective, question or hypotheses are described and related to study methods.
||Research question is clearly and accurately described and is congruent with research purpose, method, and worldview of researcher.
|20.0 %Literature Review
||Does not mention literature review.
||There are some inaccuracies describing the literature review.
||The literature review elements are discussed and support the purpose of the study.
||The literature review and how it supports the purpose of the study are described.
||The literature review critique is thorough and clear, and supports the purpose and research question.
|20.0 %Frame of Reference (qualitative)
||Does not mention frame of reference
||There are some inaccuracies describing frame of reference.
||The frame of reference elements are present and mostly accurate.
||The frame of reference is described.
||The frame of reference is thorough, clear, and accurately described using research terminology.
|15.0 %Organization and Effectiveness
|5.0 %Thesis Development and Purpose
||Paper lacks any discernible overall purpose or organizing claim.
||Thesis and/or main claim are insufficiently developed and/or vague; purpose is not clear.
||Thesis and/or main claim are apparent and appropriate to purpose.
||Thesis and/or main claim are clear and forecast the development of the paper. It is descriptive and reflective of the arguments and appropriate to the purpose.
||Thesis and/or main claim are comprehensive; contained within the thesis is the essence of the paper. Thesis statement makes the purpose of the paper clear.
|5.0 %Paragraph Development and Transitions
||Paragraphs and transitions consistently lack unity and coherence. No apparent connections between paragraphs are established. Transitions are inappropriate to purpose and scope. Organization is disjointed.
||Some paragraphs and transitions may lack logical progression of ideas, unity, coherence, and/or cohesiveness. Some degree of organization is evident.
||Paragraphs are generally competent, but ideas may show some inconsistency in organization and/or in their relationships to each other.
||A logical progression of ideas between paragraphs is apparent. Paragraphs exhibit a unity, coherence, and cohesiveness. Topic sentences and concluding remarks are appropriate to purpose.
||There is a sophisticated construction of paragraphs and transitions. Ideas progress and relate to each other. Paragraph and transition construction guide the reader. Paragraph structure is seamless.
|5.0 %Mechanics of Writing (includes spelling, punctuation, grammar, language use)
||Surface errors are pervasive enough that they impede communication of meaning. Inappropriate word choice and/or sentence construction are used.
||Frequent and repetitive mechanical errors distract the reader. Inconsistencies in language choice (register), sentence structure, and/or word choice are present.
||Some mechanical errors or typos are present, but are not overly distracting to the reader. Correct sentence structure and audience-appropriate language are used.
||Prose is largely free of mechanical errors, although a few may be present. A variety of sentence structures and effective figures of speech are used.
||Writer is clearly in command of standard, written, academic English.
|2.0 %Paper Format (use of appropriate style for the major and assignment)
||Template is not used appropriately or documentation format is rarely followed correctly.
||Template is used, but some elements are missing or mistaken; lack of control with formatting is apparent.
||Template is used, and formatting is correct, although some minor errors may be present.
||Template is fully used; There are virtually no errors in formatting style.
||All format elements are correct.
|3.0 %Research Citations (In-text citations for paraphrasing and direct quotes, and reference page listing and formatting, as appropriate to assignment)
||No reference page is included. No citations are used.
||Reference page is present. Citations are inconsistently used.
||Reference page is included and lists sources used in the paper. Sources are appropriately documented, although some errors may be present.
||Reference page is present and fully inclusive of all cited sources. Documentation is appropriate and GCU style is usually correct.
||In-text citations and a reference page are complete. The documentation of cited sources is free of error.
|100 %Total Weightage