W7000 Advanced Academic Study & Writing Week 1 REVISION





In this assignment, you will be graded on your writing skills. Review the description of the MyWritingLab related evaluation in the

Module 1

lecture pages again.

Review the rubric and make sure you understand the expectations well. You are required to demonstrate proficiency (level 3) on all five elements of the rubric.

Consider the following prompt and compose your response in a 4 – 6 paragraph essay with supporting examples:


Suppose there were no rules for conduct of ethical research and no software to detect plagiarism.  Would it matter? Why or why not? Discuss.

Criteria Explanation:

Writing Criteria: Assesses your level of writing skills

Organization = How have the ideas been structured so that the reader can understand them?

Writing Style = How clear and focused is the paper?

Grammar and Mechanics = How well has the paper been presented?

Analysis Criteria: Assesses quality of your thinking.

Analysis = How well has the writer considered the material/assignment and discussed/address it?

Review the elements of the rubric carefully and make sure you understand the expectations before beginning the assignment.

Review the rubric again after completing the assignment and use it as a checklist to ensure that your assignment has addressed all the necessary elements of the rubric criteria. As mentioned earlier, your goal should be to attain Proficiency (Level 3) in all elements of the writing criteria to pass this writing assessment.

All written assignments and responses should follow APA rules for attributing sources.

Please make sure you review the elements of the grading criteria and associated points carefully and make sure your assignment has addressed all the elements and in enough detail to merit full points.

W7000 Advanced Academic Study & Writing Week 1 REVISION
DISCUSSION OF ACADEMIC ETHICS 9 DISCUSSION OF ACADEMIC ETHICS Christopher Walters Argosy University Discussion of Academic Ethics For many years, the world of literature has been evolving. As new systems of education come about, they come with new developments in language and generally new ways to do things. The improvement of study materials for example development of plagiarism checkers has also improved as well as boosted the standards of education by ensuring that students deliver original work, that is free of mistakes. Creation of proper clear writing instructions and consistent conduct are also among many more developments important in the education field. “A profession’s ethics are the continuously unfolding conclusions of a more or less conscious discussion of how “we” (the members of the profession) should work together to achieve the good we jointly aim at. It is the product of a “social contract” of sorts, the parties to which are all those sharing a common profession.” (Davis, M. 2002) Proper Research Techniques Proper research involves adhering to the set ethical norms set by scholars. This is because norms promote and develop the research aims, knowledge, truth and evidence. In research, there can be a wide range of ethical issues, these issues ranging from plagiarism to confidentiality. One of the most discussed factors is plagiarism. It is a complex ethical problem that has affected the performance of students learning institutions. The availability of plagiarism detection software has made it possible to monitor student assignments, exams and research papers. It has also led to development of student’s learning and research skills, since they are required to submit original work. Ethical research conduct is also required as prescribed by since it provides guidelines set forth by the IRB on how research papers should be handled. It regulates learners from writing in their own composed formats. Ethical conduct in research however is a choice, and students should choose to research ethically. Although students are encouraged to think broadly, using the correct citation and giving credit to sources is the right thing to do as well as the ethical way of researching and writing about a certain topic while using multiple sources. In conclusion, the existence of ethical research and plagiarism checkers is a good tool to allow the student to check how well they have cited their sources in their paper. “Similarity checking and duplicate content detection software has evolved to provide a measurement of content duplication or plagiarism in research papers. Examples of this software include Grammerly, iThenticate, Turinitin, PlagiarismA, and SafeAssign (acomponent of the Blackboard course management software).”(Hayen, R.L. 2015) Students who break the rules and use another author’s work without citing the work are penalized and rightfully so, as any author should get credit for a student using their work in that student’s paper. Even if the plagiarism is not intended, the plagiarism checker is a great tool for students to use to see how they are doing with citing their sources correctly. References Davis, Michael. Professional Ethics: Ethics and the University (1). Florence, US: Routledge, 2002. ProQuest ebrary. Hayen, R. L., & Laverty, J. P. (2015). APPLYING COMPUTER SOFTWARE IN RESEARCH MISCONDUCT ANALYTICS. ASBBS Ejournal, 11(1), 22-30. Unsatisfactory (1) Emerging (2) Proficient (3) Exemplary (4) Student Score Writing Criteria Organization Writing is unclear and vague with little to no coherence. Writing has limited or missing transitions. Writing frequently tangents and/or repeats ideas unnecessarily. Writing lacks coherence between paragraphs and ideas. Writing has inconsistent or inappropriate transitions. Writing is clear and coherent. Transitions are appropriate and consistently used between paragraphs and help move from one idea to the next. Writing is clear, coherent, and, fluid. Writing also is recursive in that it links ideas back to previously mentioned ideas. Writing also contains appropriate, consistent transitions between paragraphs and ideas help reader see the relationship between ideas. 1 2 3 4 X 2 ___4_/8pts Paragraph development is flawed: no clear topic sentences. Paragraphs frequently have multiple topics. The writing has a limited or missing introduction and/or conclusion or summary of argument. Paragraph development is ineffective or inappropriate for the assignment: topic sentences are present but not well connected to the rest of the writing. The introduction paragraph is incomplete or underdeveloped. Conclusion argument does not go beyond a brief repetition of points. Paragraph development is appropriate for the topic and assignment: topic sentences introduce or summarize the content of the paragraph. The introduction paragraph is appropriate and complete for the topic and assignment. Concluding argument appropriately synthesizes key points. Paragraphs are well developed and appropriate: there are strong topic sentences, clear ideas that naturally lead reader through the writing. The written piece is structured in a logical fashion that supports the presentation of complex content, including in the introduction and conclusion. Comments: Writing Style: focus, concision, consistency Writing style is unfocused, wordy, inconsistent, and does not support the purpose of the writing. Writing style is inconsistent and/or wordy. It weakly supports the purpose of the writing. Writing is focused, concise, and has a consistent style that supports the topic and purpose of the writing. Writing style is concise, engaging, insightful, and focused. It has clarity, depth, coherence, which strongly support the purpose of the writing. 1 2 3 4 X 1 __2__/4 pts Grammar and Mechanics Writing contains numerous errors in spelling, grammar, and/or sentence structure that severely interferes with readability and comprehension. Writing contains errors in spelling and grammar that somewhat interfere with readability and/or comprehension. Writing follows conventions of spelling and grammar throughout. Errors do not interfere with readability or comprehension. Writing is basically error free in terms of mechanics. Grammar and mechanics help establish a sound scholarly argument and aid the reader in following the writer’s logic. 1 2 3 4 X3 __9__/12pts Unsatisfactory (1) Emerging (2) Proficient (3) Exemplary (4) Student Score Analysis & Conclusion Criteria Analysis There is no analysis in the paper. Only summary of material is presented. Analysis is superficial and presents evidence without clearly demonstrating how evidence supports argument. Analysis is logical, clear, and uses supporting evidence to clearly support argument. Analysis is logical, clear, and uses a variety of supporting evidence to clearly support argument. 1 2 3 4 x2 __4__/8pts Conclusions drawn Different perspectives are taken at face value, showing no reflection on or evaluation of sources. Inappropriate or inaccurate conclusions are drawn from analysis. Appropriate, but simple conclusions are drawn. Conclusions are based on single perspective; counter argument never addressed. Conclusions clearly & accurately reflect & evaluate multiple perspectives of an issue, while taking a clear stance. Conclusions use counter argument(s) to present a thorough evaluation of the issue. 1 2 3 4 X 1 __2__/4pts Tone & Rhetoric Tone is inappropriate and inconsistent. Rhetoric is not developed with consideration of the audience. Tone is too informal for academic writing. Rhetoric attempts to consider audience but is inconsistent or unclear. Tone is almost always formal. Rhetoric reflects a good sense of the audience but does not directly appeal to audience by using appropriate terminology and background knowledge of the audience. Tone is consistently formal. Rhetoric reflects a clear understanding of and directly appeals to audience by using appropriate terminology and background knowledge of the audience. 1 2 3 4 X 1 __4__/4 pts Total Score:25 Points IMPORTANT: Students must demonstrate proficiency (Level 3) in all writing criteria (Organization, Writing Style, and Grammar and Mechanics) to immediately receive a grade for this assignment in the gradebook. To meet proficiency in a writing criterion: within each writing criterion, the student’s work must demonstrate proficiency in both aspects (i.e. paragraphs) to earn overall proficiency for that criterion. Students who do not demonstrate proficiency in both aspects will be marked at an earlier level (Unsatisfactory or Emerging) for that criterion. Comments Areas for improvement: Need literary support for statements See specifics above General Comments You are off to a good start. Let me know what questions you may have.

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