Paper Grading Criteria
1. How well do you state your thesis? Do you take
a stand on whether your subject is a genius or not? (10 points) A scientist
or not? (6 points) If a scientist, normal or revolutionary? (4 points;
if not a scientist, then these points are part of the preceding question)
2. How well do you make a case for your thesis?
a. Do you make use of all of
the available information with respect to the most critical sections in
in Science? (go here for details)
Take special care to cover the following topics: family environment, educational
performance, sociocultural context, personal characteristics, and career
development and impact (5 points each).
b. Are the facts about your
subject closely integrated with the characteristic profile of the scientific
genius? (20 points) Or is the biographical information treated separately
from the typical profile? Are your conclusions merely tacked on as an appendage?
Is your conclusion strongly justified by what you have presented? (10 points)
c. Would your argument be comprehensible
to someone who has not taken this course, like your roommate or parent
or best friend? (5 points)
3. Is your presentation well written and well
organized? (10 points) Are the sources for your information well documented?
(5 points) Do your citations and references follow APA style? (5 points)
In short, is it a good, solid term paper that one would expect for a psychology
As mentioned in the main course page, you will
lose 3 points for each day your paper is late. In addition, you will lose
1 point for each page in excess of the 10-page limit, as well as 1 point
for each of the following departures from accepted format: 12-point
font, 1-inch margins, no page numbers, one-sided pages, and no headings.
Papers that are not double-spaced lose 3 points.
Please note that there is a sample term paper
available right here. However, this
is only an illustration for a hypothetical person ("XX"). It shows
some of the topics that should be addressed. Your own subject may
have more information available on some topics and less on others, and
therefore the content of your paper might be very different. Even
the headings or their order might change. Be flexible! You
should organize your paper around your thesis and your subject rather than
slavishly immitate this sample.
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