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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






March 29, 2010

The final report is worth 20% of your final grade.

The final report must demonstrate that you have a detailed understanding of the research questions you chose to address. A successful paper will need to illustrate:
   1. An understanding of concepts and ideas surrounding your topic of study;
   2. An ability to apply those concepts and ideas through data collection, data analysis and interpretation of research findings; and
   3. An ability to think critically about those concepts and ideas.

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

2. Literature Review: The review should summarize and discuss major theories, emphasize main findings of previous research AND identify gaps or limitations with 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: The purpose of the results section is to present your research findings. Be sure to use tables and figures to illustrate the findings.

5. Conclusions and Discussion: This section should include a summary of the main research findings, interpretation of the results, discussion of limitations, and discussion of the significance of the paper.

CRITERIA FOR ASSESSMENT: (for each draft report)

1) Introduction (1 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 (6 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Literature cited is out-of-date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 (6 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 (4 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 (1 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 (2 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
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

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.


GGR417Y5 Research Project
| Oral Presentations | Annotated Bibliography | Research Proposal | Progress Report | Draft Report | Final Report
                                                                                     - Search Strategy
                                                                                     - Critical Appraisal Form

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