Final Exam

For this assignment, you will research and analyze a communication theory. Your paper should be at least1,750- to 2,100 words, use at least four authoritative sources of which at least two are peer-reviewed journal articles, be written in third person, take a scholarly tone, and reflect APA format and documentation rules. (Worth 25% of your final grade.)

Here are some reflection questions to get your started:

  • Why were you drawn to this theory? What captivated you to want to write about it?
  • What have you learned about the theory?
  • How do you relate to it? Have you seen it used in the media, such as in news coverage, speeches, political advertisements or commercials for products?
  • Is the theory still applicable today? Does it still have meaning? How is it reflected in the workplace? In the social setting?
  • What have the critics said about the theory?

Make sure to use in-text citations and end-of-text references in APA style.

Your assignment is due in your Assignments folder by 11:59 p.m. ET Friday (note date) of Week 8, the last day of class. Late assignments cannot be accepted.

The paper will be assessed using this grading rubric.

DUE: Friday, December 15

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Rubric Name: Academic Research or Researched Argument Paper

Topic

Writer addressed assigned topic.

Writer did not address assigned topic.

Thesis/Argument

Writer’s central thesis or argument and major themes are readily apparent.

Writer’s major themes are readily apparent but central thesis or argument is not clearly stated.

Writer’s central thesis or argument or major themes are not readily apparent.

Writer’s central thesis or argument and major themes are not readily apparent.

Quality of Research Effort

Writer consulted more than the minimum required number of sources.

Writer consulted the minimum required number of sources.

Writer did not consult the minimum required number of sources.

Quality of Sources

Sources used are credible, authoritative, relevant and appropriate for the type of document produced.

Sources used generally are credible, authoritative, relevant and appropriate for the type of document produced.

Some sources used generally are not credible, authoritative, relevant or appropriate for the type of document produced.

Many of the resources used are not credible, authoritative, relevant or appropriate for the type of document produced.

No credible, authoritative, relevant and or appropriate sources are used.

Synthesis of Information/Ideas

Researched information is synthesized and integrated fluidly into a thoughtful, balanced, and in-depth analysis. Reader gains important insights.

Researched information is synthesized fairly well and integrated fairly fluidly into a generally balanced and fairly in-depth analysis. Reader gains insights.

Researched information may not be synthesized well or may not be integrated fluidly to provide reasonable support for a balanced and in-depth analysis.

Researched information displays basic synthesis and analysis.

Information is not necessary or not sufficient to support a basic analysis.

Critical Thinking

Writer’s reasons and evidence logically support the thesis or argument.

Writer’s reasons and evidence generally support the central thesis or argument logically.

Writer’s reasons and evidence generally support the central thesis or argument, with some logic lapses.

Writer’s reasons and/or evidence often do not logically support the central thesis or argument.

Writer’s reasons and evidence are not logical.

Analysis/Interpretation

Writer presents original ideas and does not merely parrot readings presented in course or other references, or from instructor.

Writer uses own ideas, but relies heavily on readings presented in course or other references, or the instructor’s point of view.

Writer does not use own ideas and only uses readings presented in course or other references and/or the instructor as sources of information.

Writer presents few or rudimentary analysis.

Writer presents no analysis

Organization

The writer’s inductive or deductive train of thought is clear to the reader.

The writer’s inductive or deductive train of thought is generally made clear to the reader.

The reader sometimes has to strive to understand the writer’s inductive or deductive train of thought.

The reader frequently cannot understand the writer’s inductive or deductive train of thought.

The writer’s inductive or deductive train of thought is not clear to the reader.

Paper’s paragraphs and sentences are cohesive. The writer’s ideas flow smoothly from one another and are clearly linked to each other.

Paper’s paragraphs and sentences are generally cohesive. The writer’s ideas are usually clearly linked to each other.

Paper’s paragraphs and sentences sometimes aren’t cohesive. The writer’s ideas sometimes do not clearly link to each other.

Paper’s paragraphs and sentences are not cohesive. The writer’s ideas frequently do not clearly link to each other.

Paper’s paragraphs and sentences frequently do not make sense together. The writer’s ideas do not clearly link to each other.

Documentation

All references are correctly cited in the body of the paper, and correctly listed in the reference list according to APA style rules.

Most of the references are correctly cited in the body of the paper, and correctly listed in the reference list according to APA style rules.

Some of the references are not correctly cited in the body of the paper, and/or not correctly listed in the reference list according to APA style rules.

Multiple/all references are not correctly cited in the body of the paper, and/or not correctly listed in the reference list according to APA style rules.

Paper does not appear to have been researched or no references are correctly cited in the body of the paper, and/or correctly listed in the reference list according to APA style rules.

Quality of Writing

The writing is compelling. It grabs the reader and sustains interest throughout.

The writing is generally engaging, with some lapses. In general, the paper is focused and keeps the reader’s attention.

The writing is dull and not engaging. Though the paper has some interesting parts, the reader finds it difficult to maintain interest.

The writing has little personality and does not sustain the reader’s interest.

Writing Mechanics

Grammar, vocabulary, and mechanics reflect the level of writing expected of a college student.

Grammar, vocabulary, and mechanics generally reflect the level of writing expected of a college student.

Grammar, vocabulary, and mechanics do not reflect the level of writing expected of a college student.

Tone/Perspective

Paper is written in the third person.

Paper sometimes lapses into first and/or second person.

Paper is entirely written in first and/or second person.

Format

Document is formatted according to APA manuscript conventions.

Document is generally formatted according to APA manuscript conventions, with some lapses.

Document is not formatted according to APA manuscript conventions.

Length

Document meets minimum word/page count, indicating it has met minimum requirements for depth and breadth of discussion.

Document does not meet the minimum word/page count needed to reflect the depth and breadth of discussion expected.

Overall Score

150 – 135 points = 100% – 90% = A

134 – 120 points = 89% – 80% = B

119 – 105 points = 79% – 70% = C

104 – 90 points = 69% – 60% = D

89 – 0 points = 59% – 0% = F

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