University of Georgia Health

Short papers are between 1000 and 1200 words (excluding references). The short papers’ function is to permit you to synthesize facts that you have learned in the course and apply critical reasoning to those integrated facts.

The topics selected are at the student’s discretion. Must be healthcare-related. Be sure to focus on a specific topic rather than just a general one, and go in depth

It is recommended that you select a topic that interests you.

APA format is required (where applicable)

Rubric

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTopic Selection

4 pts

Full Marks (the maximum award in an examination or assessment)

Identifies a creative, focused, and manageable topic that addresses potentially significant yet previously less- explored aspects of the topic.

3 pts

Milestones (an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development)

Identifies a focused and manageable/ doable topic that appropriately addresses relevant aspects of the topic.

2 pts

Milestones (an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development)

Identifies a topic that while manageable/ doable, is too narrowly focused and leaves out relevant aspects of the topic.

1 pts

Benchmark (a point of reference from which measurements may be made)

Identifies a topic that is far too general and wide-ranging as to be manageable and doable.

4 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeExisting Knowledge, Research, and/or Views

4 pts

Full Marks

Synthesizes in-depth information from relevant sources representing various points of view/approaches.

3 pts

Milestones

Presents in-depth information from relevant sources representing various points of view/approaches.

2 pts

Milestones

Presents information from relevant sources representing limited points of view/approaches.

1 pts

Benchmark

Presents information from irrelevant sources representing limited points of view/approaches.

4 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDesign Process

4 pts

Full Marks

All elements of the methodology or theoretical framework are skillfully developed. Appropriate methodology or theoretical frameworks may be synthesized from across disciplines or from relevant subdisciplines.

3 pts

Milestones

Critical elements of the methodology or theoretical framework are appropriately developed, however, more subtle elements are ignored or unaccounted for.

2 pts

Milestones

Critical elements of the methodology or theoretical framework are missing, incorrectly developed, or unfocused.

1 pts

Benchmark

Inquiry design demonstrates a misunderstanding of the methodology or theoretical framework.

4 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAnalysis

4 pts

Full Marks

Organizes and synthesizes evidence to reveal insightful patterns, differences, or similarities related to focus.

3 pts

Milestones

Organizes evidence to reveal important patterns, differences, or similarities related to focus.

2 pts

Milestones

Organizes evidence, but the organization is not effective in revealing important patterns, differences, or similarities.

1 pts

Benchmark

L ists evidence, but it is not organized and/or is unrelated to focus.

4 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeConclusion

4 pts

Full Marks

States a conclusion that is a logical extrapolation from the inquiry findings.

3 pts

Milestones

States a conclusion focused solely on the inquiry findings. The conclusion arises specifically from and responds specifically to the inquiry findings.

2 pts

Milestones

States a general conclusion that, because it is so general, also applies beyond the scope of the inquiry findings.

1 pts

Benchmark

States an ambiguous, illogical, or unsupportable conclusion from inquiry findings.

4 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLimitations and Implications

4 pts

Full Marks

Insightfully discusses in detail relevant and supported limitations and implications.

3 pts

Milestones

Discusses relevant and supported limitations and implications.

2 pts

Milestones

Presents relevant and supported limitations and implications.

1 pts

Benchmark

Presents limitations and implications, but they are possibly irrelevant and unsupported.

4 pts

Total Points: 24

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