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Writing Assignments for Biology 110:

There will be three (3) article critiques for the semester worth 25 points each. The overall grade for this assignment will be the average grade of the three papers. This grade, expressed as an average, will then be included into your lecture grade; it represents 10% of your final grade. Failure to complete one or some of the writing assignments will adversely affect your grade for the course, so you are encouraged to turn in all assignments on time for maximum points. Please refer to due dates below. It is your responsibility to know the dates the papers are due. Late papers will be penalized ten (10) percent (i.e., 2.5 points) each class period they are late. After three class periods, the paper will receive a grade of zero. You must turn your paper into the instructor in class and by e-mail into Blackboard; you may not turn the writing assignment into the College e-mail without prior approval. You are to turn the papers in class on the due date.

The critiques are due on the dates according to your syllabus:

Table 1. Article Critique assignments

Due No Later Than

Assignment

Find an article for all three critiques (with permission of the instructor)

If target date is missed 10% will be deducted from final grade.

Critique of article #1 due (with permission of the instructor)

Critique #2 and #3 due along with rewrite of #1

If target date is missed 10% will be deducted per critique

Writing Assignment Requirements: You will write a three (3) page critique (minimum) on each of these topics. In this case a three-page minimum means three full pages.

1. For this assignment, you will select a peer reviewed published research or review article that has been published within the past five years. A peer-reviewed article is reviewed by experts within the article’s subject (a “peer” of the author) before they are published in a journal. The experts look for mistakes, suggest the author make changes to the articles, and may even recommend that an article not be published at all. The purpose of peer review is to ensure that the highest quality articles are published. (Francis, 2006) Editorials, case studies from peer reviewed journals or other non-reviewed articles such as articles from the popular press or the newspaper will not be accepted.

2. You must submit a copy of the article, or its abstract, for approval by the due date listed above. Once approval is granted you will prepare a 3 to 4 page critique of the paper. The critique will be based on the questions provided in the grading rubric below. The paper will be written in your own words and not based on a series of quotes from the article you’ve reviewed (i.e., you must paraphrase the information contained in the article). You will provide a critique of the article and evaluate the article based on its overall utility.

3. The writing for this project should be formal (double-spaced, Times Roman 12 pitch) with one inch margins, use proper grammar and be submitted by the due date. All information used in this critique should be properly cited using the APA style guidelines (Version 6) which may be obtained in the library (http://library.ccbcmd.edu/) or on the internet.

4. Each Critique must be pre-reviewed by the Writing Center Tutors located in the Student Success Centers on any of the three CCBC campuses. Upon submission you must include the verification form you received from the tutor or have the tutor sign the submitted critique. If the verification form or signature is not included 10 percent will be automatically deducted from the grade of the paper.

5. You will need to print the article you intend to review and present it for permission to critique. Critiques written from articles without permission will receive a “0”.

It is your responsibility to turn in all papers on time, with the proper materials attached, and in the proper format. Late papers will be penalized ten (10) percent each class period they are late. Review the syllabus and class schedule and this paper for due dates. If you have any problems with the Internet, finding relevant materials, or anything else, it is your responsibility to discuss this with me. Remember you need to spend an appropriate amount of time preparing and completing these assignments; these are college papers that count towards your final grade in lecture. The information you use in your critical review must be paraphrased; you must have no more than one quote per paper.

How can you determine if an article has been peer-reviewed?

The reference that the article is peer reviewed may appear anywhere the journal or the article so you must review the article or journal very carefully. Articles from sources such as the New York Times, Time Magazine or an industry journal are not peer-reviewed and may not be used for your critique. Also, articles obtained from unreliable sources such as commercial internet websites (a “*.com” site), commercial internet medical websites (e.g., WebMD, etc.), Wikipedia, or student reviews from a University website will not be accepted. If you have any questions whether an article can be used then you should ask a librarian or me. (Francis, 2006) Some articles that are published in a journal may not be peer-reviewed. Articles such as editorials, opinion essays, etc. are usually not peer-reviewed and are not able to be used for your critique. Always check with a librarian, or me, if you are unsure!

Writing Assignment Grading Format: See format below

*Note: The important information you need to address for this assignment is in the second column titled “Perfect Critique”. If you answer and follow the information that is in bold you should earn a perfect or near perfect grade.

Table 4. Grading Rubric for amended article critique (modified from D’Ambrisi, 2008)

Category

Perfect Critique

-1 Point

-2 Points

-3 points

Overall:

Article Selection

Full Bibliographic Reference

4 points

1. Article published within the past 3 years.

2. Article bibliographic information is properly identified following the APA or CSE style conventions.

3. Article from a peer-reviewed Journal

· Article published within the past 4-8 years.

· Identifies properly identifies proper bibliographic contents in a style other than APA

· Article from a peer-reviewed journal.

· Article published within the past 8-10 years.

· Identifies some of the proper bibliographic contents but not in APA Style.

· Article not from a peer-reviewed journal.

· Article is published greater than 10 years ago.

· Critique does not contain any bibliographic information.

· Article not from a peer-reviewed journal.

Abstract:

Note: This abstract is original and not a repeat of the abstract given at the beginning of the article.

4 points

Initial abstract includes the following:

1. A summary of the research question or problem,

2. A statement of the approach used by the researchers,

3. If used, an overview of the methods involved,

4. An indication of the results or findings.

· Paper begins with a summary but it is incomplete.

· The summary contains only 3/4 of the required elements.

· Paper begins with a summary but it is incomplete.

· The summary contains only 1/2 of the required elements.

The critique begins with a summary, but the summary is paraphrased from the initial abstract.

The abstract does not give the reader a good sense of:

· The purpose of the paper,

· The methods used and/or

· The author(s) overall conclusions.

Analysis of Article’s Value

5 points

Critically analyze the paper based on the following questions:

1. How would you characterize this article? (Practical, philosophical, a review, description of a program or curriculum, educational)

2. Describe the central program, concept, or theme of the article.

3. Define the author’s purpose in writing the article and discuss the author’s perspective.

4. Provide key ideas defined in the article.

5. Tell what the author does to get the major points across?

6. Did the author present strengths and weaknesses?

7. Did the author provide recommendations and/or criticisms?

The critique contains a partial discussion of the questions. (i.e., the critique answers 5 of the aforelisted questions.

The critique contains a partial discussion of the questions. (i.e., the critique answers 4 of the aforelisted questions.

The critique contains a partial discussion of the questions,

or only summarizes the paper being critiqued. (e.g., the critique answers 3 of the aforelisted questions.

Evaluation Comments

Article’s relevance

4 points

1. Did you notice any evidence of bias or whether the paper is balanced in perspective?

2. Are the results discussed adequately?

3. You formulated two new questions or perspectives based on the critiqued paper.

· You comment on the design or whether the results are discussed.

· You formulated one new question or perspective based on the critiqued paper.

· You comment on the design or whether the results are discussed.

· You formulate no new questions or perspectives based on the critiqued paper.

· Critique provided only simple answers as to whether you liked or disliked the article.

· You did not discuss the research or formulate any questions based on the paper reviewed.

Writing & Organization

4 points

1. Work written in formal English and uses proper grammatical structure. Paper written in the style of a formal report.

2. Work clearly communicates ideas effectively. Sentences and paragraphs are well organized.

3. The paper citation are written in the style of the APA Style guidelines.

· Work written in informal English and uses proper grammatical structure. (i.e., the style for a formal scholarly report).

· The critique contains several grammatical or spelling errors.

· The APA style format is used but it contains several errors in the format.

· The writing style is not formal (i.e., the style for a formal scholarly report).

· The critique contains many grammatical or spelling errors.

· The APA style format is used but it contains several errors in the format.

· The writing is poor.

· Many errors are present.

· The sentence and paragraph structures were disorganized.

· The paper is not written following the APA style guidelines.

Proper use of information

4 points

1. Critique reflects an understanding of plagiarism and regularly follows the copyright rules.

2. Student predominantly paraphrases the information rather than quoting the material.

3. When required, the critique is properly cited and documented

· Critique reflects an understanding of plagiarism and regularly follows the copyright rules.

· Student equally makes use of paraphrases and quotes.

· Minor mistakes in citations and documentation, if needed.

· Appears not to understand the copyright laws.

· Heavily relies on quoted material.

· Significant mistakes in citations and documentation, if needed

· Has no understanding of plagiarism.

· Paper appears to be plagiarized.

· No citations or documentation present, when needed.

References cited:

D’Ambrisi, Kathleen, 2008. The Community College of Baltimore County Dental Hygiene Program: DNHY 122-Periodentology Article Critique Assignment. Personal communication. 1 pp.

Francis, Marcia, 2006. Peer-Reviewed Health / Medical Articles: How do I find peer-reviewed articles? Idaho Health Sciences Library. Downloaded from http://www.isu.edu/~franmarc/peer/find.htm on July 12, 2009.