The COMM 3321 research report builds on the skills and knowledge you have from COMM 1101. It goes beyond being an information-based report on the topic to being an evaluative report of research sources. Of course, you must understand the topic, but the purpose of this piece of writing is to provide an evaluation of the research sources based on concepts from Word and World chapter introductions 5 and 8.
The Arguments, Evidence and Techniques section of the report, how well the authors argue as opposed to what they argue, is the focal point of the report.
For your research report, please use the same 6 sources that you used in the research proposal. That said, if you want or need to change sources, by all means do so. Your research report will introduce the topic, and then analyze the techniques and their effectiveness that the six authors use to present their arguments and convince their audience. using the introductions to Chapters 5 and 8 from Word and World to provide the theoretical framework to your analysis.
Length: The length will vary from student to student depending on spacing and other format matters, but the approximate length of each section is given after each heading.
Professional tone, no slang or contractions, no use of 1st person (“I”, “we”, “us”, “our”)
The same requirements apply from the research proposal.
Use in-text citations in the research report as required, including information from the sources and from Lewis’s Word and World, even when the source you are referring to is clearly indicated within the paragraph or section. Include a References list at the end of the assignment.
Submit your assignment into Moodle using a Word document (NOT a pdf). Use Times New Roman and size 12 font.
Please upload a copy into the course Moodle using the following file identification: last name_first name_ResRep.
Marking and Grading:
Your work will receive a percentage based on the NAIT marking grid, and will include brief comments of writing strengths and weaknesses using the following criteria:
Content: Clear, complete and comprehensive; all evaluations and criteria in place; all report components in place
Structure: Clearly organized and formatted for readability; paragraphs correctly structured and logically ordered
Diction: Professional tone, no slang or contractions, no use of 1st person (“I”, “we”, “us”, “our”)
Grammar, mechanics, spelling and other writing matters correct
Format: Correctly formatted following the assignment guidelines and APA style
Documentation: In-text citations and References entries according to APA guidelines
80 -100%: Excellent – Outstanding. The answer is clear, concise and comprehensive; it includes all important details; it is logical, focused and objective; it demonstrates a clear understanding of the information in the required readings (news/academic articles and Lewis chapter introductions); it uses well-written and polished prose correctly structured into paragraphs; it uses documentation correctly.
70% -79%: Good. The assignment is clear, concise and comprehensive, but it may have missed important details; it may lack conciseness or make errors in analysis; the writing may contain grammatical or structural errors; work is documented but there are small format errors; the chain of knowledge is still clear.
60% – 69%: Fair. The assignment is clear, but it may lack comprehensiveness in content; it may lack important details or have incomplete explanations, annotations or analysis; it is documented but the chain of knowledge may not be clear or accessible due to missing format elements or citations/entries.
50% – 59%: Pass. The assignment is focused but may be too long, too abstract or too incomplete; it may miss key details or slide into logical errors; the writing may be characterized by a weak or poor command of grammar or structure; the work is missing documentation either in-text or in the References list so that the chain of knowledge is not clear or accessible.
Under 50%: Fail. The assignment has no focus, is too personal, or shows a misunderstanding of the information or a bad argument; it is very poorly written, and does not meet the content requirements in an important or major way; it is missing documentation so significantly that the chain of knowledge is not clear or accessible, or is missing completely.
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