Analytic Rubric Template
Individual Research Paper
(Assignment information contained in course syllabus: Your research paper will consist of a five- to seven-page paper on a
productivity-related topic. Follow the style and citation guidelines given in the UMUC Guide to Research and Writing. Use
appropriate APA style to cite references as needed and include a bibliography. Papers will be verified for proper citations and
references, and points will be deducted for poor grammar and spelling. Use spell- and grammar-checking tools, as necessary.)
This assignment supports the following course objectives (depending on topic chosen by student):
1. Discuss the history and trends of workplace productivity techniques
2. Discuss the elements of total quality management
3. Identify and discuss the concepts of "people empowerment", high commitment work systems, and team synergy and
4. Identify and discuss, through written proposals, work simplification techniques and problem-solving techniques
5. Discuss ethical issues involved in working in teams
6. Discuss the role of virtual teams in the global workplace
The learning objectives of the assignment include:
1) Increase knowledge of subject matter through effective research, analysis, and development of research paper.
2) Conducting research to locate relevant and current literature in the field of workplace productivity.
3) Be able to analyze and synthesize the information contained in the research and incorporate that information into the paper.
4) Apply critical thinking skills to demonstrate comprehension of information.
5) Be able to accurately and appropriately incorporate the research into the paper with accurate usage of APA style.
6) Present information in a well-organized, succinct, and properly written paper.
Performance Exemplary (A) Very Good (B) Satisfactory (C) Needs Unsatisfactory Point
Objectives Characteristics Characteristics Characteristics Improvement (F) Value
Content and 65
Addresses current Effectively Addresses the topic Identifies the Topic is loosely Fails to identify
themes in addresses the and makes vague or topic but linkages connected; appropriate topic
business and topic and incomplete are missing or linkages not and relevance.
organizational incorporates connections regarding inappropriately made; relevance
theory that relate current issues and relevance and identified. not there
to workplace relevance. workplace
productivity Makes strong, productivity.
Application of Makes strong Applies research to Inconsistent or Application of Fails to apply
research and application of topic and shows weak application research and concepts from
analysis` current research analysis- at times, of research and analysis is research to
to support topic. weak lacking sufficient inconsistent. support relevance
Provides very analysis and lacks
good analysis to analysis
Proper Concepts and Concepts and themes Paper is Concepts and Paper fails to
development of themes are fully are presented well and inconsistent in themes are not develop and
concepts/themes developed and usually well the presentation fully developed present concepts
presented in the presented in a developed. While of cohesive or presented in a and themes in an
paper's logical, well- overall well concepts and cohesive manner. organized
organization flowing organized, at times the themes. Paper lacks a manner. Paper
organization. writing forces the Consistent sense of has omitted
Reader can easily reader to figure out organization is organization or several
follow the what's going on lacking causing plan to the components of
author's logic and the reader to have presentation of the assignment.
flow. difficulty in ideas.
author's train of
Content is Key concepts are Many facts are While some Little or not fact- Paper content is
supported by effectively supported by the citations reflect based research is not supported by
fact-based supported by research but on incorporation of cited within the research. It
research. facts from occasion, the author research facts, paper. It is appears that the
author's research. has presented facts or the paper does unclear whether author is
Appropriate opinions not not show the statements editorializing
paraphrasing and substantiated by sufficient fact- made are the with his or her
quotations his/her research. based research to author's opinions personal opinions
enhance the support the or facts. which may nor
presentation or author's may not be facts.
Use of current Author has Author has over-relied Author has Research is Paper lacks
journals, identified and on one or two key identified incomplete or evidence of
publications and used very sources to substantiate references that inappropriate to academic
relevant sources appropriate and his paper. Other are commercial support the research.
current sources sources are less rather than author's paper.
within the paper. relevant and do not academic or
adequately support business sources
key concepts and such as vendor
resources for a
Accurate use of All resources are The majority of References are Inconsistent or Failure to
APA style for in- appropriately citations and reference cited but missing citations attribute another
text citations and cited and listed in listings are properly incorrectly under author's word
reference listing. the reference list. cited; formatting is APA style. through APA
All resources in inconsistent/inaccurate Student has either citations.
the reference list in a few cases. used another
are included format or
within the paper. incorrectly
applied the APA
Grammar - paper Paper reflects Majority of paper is Inconsistent use Paper reflects Paper is
reflects accurate grammatically grammatically correct; of correct poor word usage unreadable and
grammatical correct sentence minor errors noted grammatical and grammar. does not reflect
usage including structure. format. May be college-level
verb tense, incorrect verb writing.
pronoun case, tenses, possessive
and possessive nouns, pronoun
formats. case, or incorrect
Spelling - paper Excellent Majority of paper is Several spelling Poor spelling Numerous
contains accurate spelling spelled correctly; a errors occur throughout the spelling errors
spelling throughout the few minor errors within the paper. paper throughout the
paper noted. paper greatly
Overall style and Paper reflects a Overall, paper is well Paper lacks Poor organization Failure to present
sentence structure well-structured structured and consistent and sentence material in a
including correct writing style. organized. Sentences organization and structure. Reader clear and concise
punctuation Paper begins with are clear. May structure. Some has difficulty in manner
an appropriate occasionally overly paragraphs may identifying key indicative of
introduction and generalize or be contain multiple points and college writing.
ends with an overly descriptive. topics. Some following a Numerous
appropriate Errors do not detract sentences may be logical flow problems with
conclusion. from presentation of unclear, within the sentence
Sentence style is information. May incomplete, or information structure, overall
appropriately contain minor contain presented. May organization, and
varied for punctuation errors. fragments or run- contain numerous presentation of
emphasis, and on sentences. punctuation material.
transitions are May contain errors
used effectively. frequent
contain key errors. Errors
points. detract from