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Week 8: Assignment 5 – Final Research Paper

15 Oct

Week 8: Assignment 5 – Final Research Paper

(Worth 25% of your course grade.) 

For your final project, you will write a 6-8-page, double-spaced, APA-formatted, scholarly research paper one of the following research question:

  1. Do negative political campaigns affect democracy?
  2. Did social media disrupt the gatekeeping theory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election by bypassing or replacing the legacy mass media?
  3. Are the perceptions of candidate traits shaped by the media?
  4. Do established mass communication theories still apply in a digital democracy?
  5. How can communication and persuasion be used in the modern political campaign to influence reasoning voters?
  6. Does the proliferation of information sources cause or contribute to the polarization of political views in the U.S. news media?
  7. How does reliance on social media for news and information affect news consumers’ perspectives on the world?
  8. Do emerging trends in audience segmentation have the potential to affirm or destabilize a democracy?
  9. What is the emerging relationship between social media and agenda-setting theory?
  10. How does the self-selection of news and information affect political views?
  11. What is the emerging relationship of social media and the two-step flow of information, and how might that be affecting U.S. candidate and voter behaviors?
  12. What is the role of campaign advertising in a social media world?
  13. How has social media use by U.S. political candidates evolved over time?
  14. Is competition from an increasing number of alternative news and information technologies and sources in the United States causing, contributing to, or accelerating bias in U.S. news content?
  15. How do political candidates seek to affect the media to frame issues to their advantage?
  16. How are the internet and social media affecting the roles of U.S. television, radio, newspapers, and magazines as gatekeepers?
  17. How are media ownership patterns affecting news and information about U.S. politics and government?
  18. Select one of the following areas:
    • News reporting
    • Political campaigning
    • Public relations
    • Marketing and advertising
    • News and information consumption
    • Media economics

and analyze the impact that the internet has had in the context of one of the following mass communication theories or set of related mass communication theories:

  • agenda-setting
  • spiral of silence
  • theories of perception
  • cultivation
  • hegemony
  • framing
  • standpoint
  • uses and gratifications
  • muted group
  • ethnography
  • McLuhanism
  • symbolic interaction
  • diffusion of innovations
  • active audience
  • semiotic democracy
  • filtering
  • bias
  • media system dependency
  • mean world syndrome
  • propaganda

 

Your paper should clearly state your position on/conclusions about the media effects issue posed in your research question, supported by researched evidence and reasons, including at least one relevant mass communication theory studied in this course. It should be 6-8 pages in length and employ 6-10 credible and authoritative resources, of which at least three must be peer-reviewed, scholarly journals. Its ideas must be properly documented with in-text citations and an end-of-text reference list that conform to the American Psychological Association’s style rules

Specific quotations must be employed, properly integrated into the paper as direct quotes, summaries, or paraphrases accompanied by in-text citations that reflect American Psychological Association style rules. No more than three of the direct quotes may be extended/block quotesThe sources may not include general websites, blogs, Wikipedia, or wiki-type materials.

Your paper must be carefully edited and proofread. The paper also should follow the general American Psychological Association manuscript rules and be double-spaced with a title page. Please also make sure to verify the originality and documentation by submitting your paper to Turnitin.com if it is made available by your instructor. Consult your instructor for login details.

The grading rubric is here.  (You may need to right-click and open the link in a new window or tab.) In general, the paper will be evaluated in terms of how well it meets the requirements of the assignment for both content and form; how in-depth the exploration and analysis of the issue is; how well outside sources are integrated into its narrative; the credibility, currency, and authority of its research; and how professionally the paper is written and edited in terms of academic language conventions.

If you need help with American Psychological Association citation style, see this Examples page in our library’s resources. For help developing your paper, see the Effective Writing Center’s online guides to writing and research.

You must submit your paper in your assignment folder by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday of Week 8 unless otherwise directed by your instructor.  Late papers cannot be accepted.

 

Grading rubric for Assignment 5 – Final Research Paper:

           
Topic Level 5 Level 4      
Criterion 1 10 points

Writer addressed assigned topic.

4 points

Writer did not address assigned topic.

Thesis/Argument Leve1 4 Level 3 Level 2 Level 1  
Criterion 1 10 points

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

7 points

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

4 points

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

1 point

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

Quality of Research Effort Level 3 Level 2 Level 1    
Criterion 1 10 points

Writer consulted more than the minimum required number  of sources.

7 points

Writer consulted the minimum required number of sources.

3 points

Writer did not consult the minimum required number  of sources.

Quality of Sources Level 5 Level 4 Level 3 Level 2 Level 1
Criterion 1 10 points

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

8 points

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

6 points

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

4 points

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

0 points

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

Synthesis of Information/Ideas Level 5 Level 4 Level 3 Level 2 Level 1
Criterion 1 10 points

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

8 points

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

6 points

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

4 points

Researched information displays basic synthesis and analysis.

0 points

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

Critical Thinking Level 5 Level 4 Level 3 Level 2 Level 1
Criterion 1 10 points

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

8 points

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

6 points

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

4 points

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

0 points

Writer’s reasons and evidence are not logical.

Analysis/Interpretation Level 5 Level 4 Level 3 Level 2 Level 1
Criterion 1 10 points

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

8 points

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

6 points

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

4 points

Writer presents few or rudimentary analysis.

0 points

Writer presents no analysis

Organization Leve1 5 Level 4 Level 3 Level 2 Level 1
Criterion 1 10 points

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

8 points

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

6 points

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

4 points

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

0 points

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

Criterion 2 10 points

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

8 points

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

6 points

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

4 points

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

0 points

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

Documentation Level 5 Level 4 Level 3 Level 2 Level 1
Criterion 1 10 points

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

8 points

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.

6 points

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.

4 points

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.

0 points

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 Level 4 Level 3 Level 2 Level 1  
Criterion 1 10 points

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

8 points

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

6 points

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

4 points

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

Writing Mechanics Level 3 Level 2 Level 1    
Criterion 1 10 points

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

7 points

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

3 points

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

Tone/Perspective Level 3 Level 2 Level 1    
Criterion 1 10 points

Paper is written in the third person.

7 points

Paper sometimes lapses into first and/or second person.

3 points

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

Format Level 3 Level 2 Level 1    
Criterion 1 10 points

Document is formatted according to APA manuscript conventions.

7 points

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

3 points

Document isnot formatted according to APA manuscript conventions.

Length Level 2 Level 1      
Criterion 1 10 points

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

4 points

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

Overall Score Level 5
135 or more
Level 4
120 or more
Level 3
105 or more
Level 2
90 or more
Level 1
0 or more
  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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