Scientific Methods Assignment

Question

“Scientific Methods” Assignment

Prepare a 700-word paper discussing the nature of scientific inquiry. Be sure that the assignment addresses the following:

1. Steps of the scientific method.

2. Flow diagram showing the steps of the scientific method.

3. Brief description of each step in the scientific method.

4. Reasoning in science.

5. Deductive versus inductive reasoning.

6. Differences between hypothesis, theory, and law.

7. Provide real examples of hypothesis, theory, and law.

Use at least three credible sources other than the Earth Science text.

Rubric

80.0 % Comprehension of content.

Content is incomplete and omits most of the requirements stated in the assignment criteria. Major points are irrelevant to the assignment. No outside sources were used to support major points.

Content is incomplete or omits some requirements stated in the assignment criteria. Major points are not clear and/or persuasive. No outside sources were used to support major points.

Content is adequate and meets the requirements stated in the assignment’s criteria. Major points are addressed. Research is evident.

Content is comprehensive and accurate, and definitions are clearly stated. Major points are stated clearly and are supported. Research is adequate, timely, relevant, and addresses all of the issues stated in the assignment criteria. At least two relevant academic sources were cited.

Content is comprehensive, accurate, and persuasive with examples; definitions are clearly stated. Major points are stated clearly and are well supported. Research is adequate, timely, relevant, and addresses all of the issues stated in the assignment criteria. At least two relevant academic sources were cited.

17.0 %Organization and Effectiveness

6.0 % Thesis Development and Purpose

Paper lacks any discernible overall purpose or organizing claim.

Thesis and/or main claim are insufficiently developed and/or vague; purpose is not clear.

Thesis and/or main claim are apparent and appropriate to purpose.

Thesis and/or main claim are clear and forecast the development of the paper. It is descriptive and reflective of the arguments and appropriate to the purpose.

Thesis and/or main claim are comprehensive; contained within the thesis is the essence of the paper. Thesis statement makes the purpose of the paper clear.

6.0 % Paragraph Development and Transitions

Paragraphs and transitions consistently lack unity and coherence. No apparent connections between paragraphs are established. Transitions are inappropriate to purpose and scope. Organization is disjointed.

Some paragraphs and transitions may lack logical progression of ideas, unity, coherence, and/or cohesiveness. Some degree of organization is evident.

Paragraphs are generally competent, but ideas may show some inconsistency in organization and/or in their relationships to each other.

A logical progression of ideas between paragraphs is apparent. Paragraphs exhibit a unity, coherence, and cohesiveness. Topic sentences and concluding remarks are appropriate to purpose.

There is a sophisticated construction of paragraphs and transitions. Ideas progress and relate to each other. Paragraph and transition construction guide the reader. Paragraph structure is seamless.

5.0 % Mechanics of Writing (includes spelling, punctuation, grammar, language use)

Surface errors are pervasive enough that they impede communication of meaning. Inappropriate word choice and/or sentence construction are used.

Frequent and repetitive mechanical errors distract the reader. Inconsistencies in language choice (register), sentence structure, and/or word choice are present.

Some mechanical errors or typos are present, but are not overly distracting to the reader. Correct sentence structure and audience-appropriate language are used.

Prose is largely free of mechanical errors, although a few may be present. A variety of sentence structures and effective figures of speech are used.

Writer is clearly in command of standard, written, academic English.

3.0 %Format

1.0 % Paper Format (1- inch margins; 12-point-font; double-spaced; Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier)

GCU template is not used appropriately or documentation format is rarely followed correctly.

GCU template is used, but some elements are missing or mistaken; lack of control with formatting is apparent.

GCU template is used, and formatting is correct, although some minor errors may be present.

GCU template is fully used; There are virtually no errors in formatting style.

All format elements are correct.

2.0 % Research Citations (In-text citations for paraphrasing and direct quotes, and reference page listing and formatting, as appropriate to assignment)

No reference page is included. No citations are used.

Reference page is present. Citations are inconsistently used.

Reference page is included and lists sources used in the paper. Sources are appropriately documented, although some errors may be present.

Reference page is present and fully inclusive of all cited sources. Documentation is appropriate and GCU style is usually correct.

In-text citations and a reference page are complete. The documentation of cited sources is free of error.

100 % Total Weightage

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