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articles on the use of SMART goals

articles on the use of SMART goals/objectives: what they are, how they are used, and why they are effective. Assignment must contain citations and references in correct APA format.

You will also select 3 peer reviewed articles that address your chosen focus area for your Capstone Project and create 3-5 goals/objectives for your Capstone Project using the SMART Goals/Objective format.


· Summarize 2 articles discussing what SMART goals are, how they are used, and/or why they can be an effective tool.

· Select 3 peer reviewed articles addressing chosen focus area to include in the provided grid.

· Create 3-5 objectives for Capstone Project using SMART format.


Use this rubric to guide your work on the Module 2 assignment.

NOTE: All assignments and discussion posts are expected to be completed on time.

Tasks Target Acceptable Unacceptable
1. SMART Goals Article Summary

(40 pts)

Clear and strong summary of 2 articles on use of and purpose of SMART goals. Writes 2 summaries – one summary for each article. Each summary is 1 paragraph of 3-4 well-written, original sentences. (40 pts)


General statements reflecting article summary and/or missing one article summary, missing SMART goal format.

(20 pts)

No synthesis of articles on use of and formulating SMART goals.

(0 pts)

2. Creates 3-5 SMART goals/objectives.

(20 points)

Creates 3-5 goals/objectives using SMART format including Bloom Taxonomy terms.

(20 points)

2 or less goals/objectives utilizing SMART goal format using Bloom Taxonomy terms.

(10 points)

Goals/Objectives not written in SMART goal format and/or no use of Bloom Taxonomy terms.

(0 points)

3. Cites 3 peer reviewed articles related to the chosen focus area of Capstone project (management, education, or clinical specialty)

(30 pts)

Correctly cites 3 peer reviewed articles for chosen focus area of Capstone project

(30 pts)

Cites 2 or less peer reviewed articles.

(15 pts)

No peer reviewed articles cited to support SMART goals/objectives.

(0 points)

APA format

(10 pts)

Articles and lists the APA references correctly – no errors. (10 pts) Articles and lists the APA references correctly. 1-3 errors. (6 pt.) Articles and lists the APA references correctly. 4 or more errors. (0 pts)

1. Summarize Articles on SMART Objectives Format (Type in the box below)

Summarize content of 2 articles found on SMART goals/objectives. Write your summary in proper APA format. Must include in-text citations and references for both articles. Write one paragraph for each article summary. Should have paragraphs.

TYPE IN THE BOX BELOW (Box will expand as you type in it)

2. Create 3-5 Project Objectives (Type in the grid provided below).

3. Cite 3 Peer Reviewed Articles on Chosen Focus Area for Capstone Project

Create a minimum of 3 and maximum of 5 objectives based upon Bloom’s Taxonomy (See and/or and you can always “google” Bloom Taxonomy for more information). These objectives reflect the changes you want to see in the behavior of the participants/audience as a result of acquiring the information that you present. Remember: Objectives must be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timed (S.M.A.R.T.) and each must include a Bloom term. At a minimum, at least one objective should be “immediate” and one “long term.” Use the table below to record the Objectives and Content for your Capstone Project. (You must create at least three objectives. If you have more, insert rows in the table). Remember that your final project will need at least three references (less than five years old). See the example for how to format this grid.

Example Objectives

(3-5 Objectives)

Example Content and Citing of Peer Reviewed Articles

(Total of 3)

1. By the end of the presentation, 98% of the audience will be able to identify three ways to prevent falls in the LTC until.

(Note: this is an immediate outcome, there is a time frame, there is a % of the audience, identify is the Bloom term. This goal is measurable).

· Fall prevention

Doe, J. (2014). How to prevent falls in a long term care unit. Journal of Fall Prevention, 8(26), 23-32. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.


2. Within three months of the presentation, 95% of the audience will be able to recite three reasons to use a fall assessment form with any change in condition for residents.

(Note: this is a long-term goal, there is a time frame, there is a % of the audience, and “recite” is the Bloom term. This goal is measurable).

· Fall assessment forms

Smith, J. (2013). Why are fall assessment forms important? Journal of Fall Assessments, 7(4), 12-15. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

3. (Write your third outcome here – it can be either immediate or long-term. Remember it must be SMART and include a Bloom term). · Content Topic

Must have at least one reference here as three are required for this assignment – one for each outcome. Please note that for your final project, you will need three references for each outcome that you have for a minimum of nine references. If you have four outcomes, you will need a minimum of twelve references.

Grid provided below for assignment completion.

Complete this grid with your information. Must have a minimum of 3 and maximum of 5.

Project Objectives

(3-5 Objectives)

Content and Citing of Peer Reviewed Articles

(Cite 3 Artic