Evaluate research and data that can help answer the research question and support a hypothesis.

Competency

Evaluate research and data that can help answer the research question and support a hypothesis.

Scenario

You are a first-year graduate student. You are taking a graduate course on research and writing. In this assignment, your professor has asked you to evaluate the research and data in two studies related to a research question you are interested in.

Instructions

In a paper for your professor, do the following:

  • Find two scholarly research articles in the Rasmussen library related to a research question you are interested in. Indicate the research question.  Be sure to provide APA citations and provide the library permalinks for the two articles.
  • Evaluate how data was used in these studies:
    • Is the data credible and reliable? Support your answer.
    • Is the data well documented in the paper? Support your answer.
    • Evaluate the data analysis and interpretation. Does the data support the hypothesis and help answer the research question? Support your answer.
  • Discuss the ethical issues that may arise as you conduct your research study. How will you address those issues?

Resources

For writing assistance, please visit the Rasmussen College Writing Guide.

For help with APA, visit the Rasmussen College APA Guide.

Library databases such as the following are great resources for this project:

Another database that you may be interested in knowing about is ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. You can view original research, view research design, data gathering techniques, etc.

Grading Rubric

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F

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B

A

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1

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4

Did not Submit

No Pass

Competence

Proficiency

Mastery

Not Submitted

Insufficient or no explanation of how the data is credible and reliable.

Basic explanation of how the data is credible and reliable.

Thoughtful explanation of how the data is credible and reliable.

Clear and thorough explanation of how the data is credible and reliable.
Incorporated substantial research to justify these choices.

Not Submitted

No explanation of how the data is documented in the paper.

Basic explanation of how the data is documented in the paper.

Thoughtful explanation of how the data is documented in the paper.

Clear and thorough explanation of how the data is documented in the paper.

Not Submitted

No explanation evaluation of the data analysis and interpretation.

Basic explanation of evaluation of the data analysis and interpretation.

Thoughtful explanation evaluation of the data analysis and interpretation.

Clear and thorough explanation of evaluation of the data analysis and interpretation.

Not Submitted

No discussion of ethical issues that may arise as research is conducted nor how these issues will be addressed.

Brief discussion of ethical issues that may arise as research is conducted and how these issues will be addressed.

Thoughtful discussion of ethical issues that may arise as research is conducted and how these issues will be addressed.

Clear and thorough discussion of ethical issues that may arise as research is conducted and how these issues will be addressed.

Not Submitted

Major errors or omissions in APA formatting.

Minor errors or omissions in APA formatting.

Minimal errors or omissions in APA formatting.

No errors or omissions in APA formatting.

Not Submitted

Spelling and grammar errors are numerous.

Spelling and grammar errors are evident but infrequent. May distract reader from the message.

Spelling and grammar errors are rare and do not distract the reader from the messages.

No spelling nor grammar errors.

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