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University of Toronto Mississauga
Department of Geography Academic Year 2010-2011

GGR417Y5 Research Project

 

 Instructor: Pierre Desrochers

 

 Lectures: Tuesday 1-2PM

 

 Phone: (905) 828-5206

Office: Davis Building, room 3273

 

 Lecture room: SE 1153

 

 E-mail: pierre.desrochers@utoronto.ca

 

DRAFTS OF FINAL REPORT


DUE DATE

February 8 and March 1, 2011

ASSESSMENT
The dual assignment is worth 20% of your final grade.

PURPOSE
The purpose of the draft report is to help your work towards your goal of completing the final report. It is a crucial step and will provide you with the opportunity to receive essential feedback from your supervisor.

COMPONENTS
1. Introduction: Introduces the research question to be addressed and the geographic relevance of the topic in an insightful way. It will include an outline of the paper.

2. Literature Review: Summarize and discuss major theories, emphasize the main relevant findings of previous research AND identify gaps or limitations within the current literature (this helps to justify and contextualize your research question).

3. Research Methods: Includes a detailed description and justification of data/information collected, data/information collection procedures, and methods of analysis.

4. Results: Present your research findings. Be sure to use tables and figures to illustrate and convey the essence of your contribution.

5. Conclusions and Discussion: Summarize main research findings. Interpret results. Discuss limitations and significance of your contribution.

CRITERIA FOR ASSESSMENT: (for each draft report)

1) Introduction (0.5 pt)
 

Needs Improvement

Meets Expectations

Exceeds Expectations

No discussion of topic to be examined
Reader left wondering what the paper is about

Introduces area of research
States purpose and rationale
Includes research question/thesis statement
Includes outline
 

Introduces the area of research, purpose and rationale of study in insightful way
Includes detailed outline

2) Literature Review (3 pts)

Needs Improvement

Meets Expectations

Exceeds Expectations

Literature cited is out-of-date
Literature does not relate to topic
No connection between literature review and research question
Does not demonstrate understanding of concepts

Up-to-date literature
Literature relates to topic
Demonstrates connection between research question and literature
Demonstrates basic understanding of concepts

Literature cited is current and appropriate for research question and discusses major theories/emphasizes findings of previous research
Insightful connection between literature review and research question
Identifies gaps/problems
The focus of the paper is contextualized and justified using the literature
Demonstrates understanding and integration of concepts/ideas in geography;
Application of those concepts and ideas using specific examples from literature
 

3) Research Methods (2 pts)

Needs Improvement

Meets Expectations

Exceeds Expectations

No identification of data, collection procedures or methods of analysis

Identifies data, collection procedures and methods of analysis

Provides clear link between data and research question
Clear justification for choice of data and methods of analysis
 

4) Results (3 pts)

Needs Improvement

Meets Expectations

Exceeds Expectations

Minimal presentation of results
No tables and figures

Presents results of data analysis
Makes use of tables and figures

Clear presentation of results in logical order
Logical and consistent numbering of tables and figures (e.g., Table 1, Table 2, Figure 1, Figure 2)
 

5) Conclusions (0.5 pt)

Needs Improvement

Meets Expectations

Exceeds Expectations

No summary of findings
No discussion of limitations of study
No discussion of broader significance/meaning of findings
Does not identify areas of future research

Summary of key points
Identifies limitations
Identifies broader significance of research
Identifies future areas of research
Clear interpretation of results

Clear integration of key findings and literature
Conclusions follow naturally from Results (i.e., conclusions supported by main body of paper)
Future areas of research identified supported by main body of paper
Insightful discussion of significance of the research
 

6) Overall Style (1 pt)

Needs Improvement

Meets Expectations

Exceeds Expectations

No direction
Subtopics are disjointed
No headings or subheadings
No numbering of tables or figures
Improperly formatted references

Paper is easy to follow for reader engaged in literature or familiar with data and methods
Headings/subheadings
Tables and figures numbered
Includes properly formatted references

Paper organized logically and easy to follow for reader not engaged in literature and not familiar with data and methods
Headings and subheadings reflect content
Tables and figures support discussion and conclusions
 

POLICY ON LATE ASSIGNMENTS
Late assignments will be given a penalty of one percent per day from the final grade for the assignment up to a maximum of 5 days. After 5 days the assignment will not be assessed resulting in a grade of zero.

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