The purpose of this assignment is to allow the learner to demonstrate writing skills, organizational skills, and ability to correctly present ideas and credit others in APA formatting when writing a professional paper.

 

The purpose of this assignment is to allow the learner to demonstrate writing skills, organizational skills, and ability to correctly present ideas and credit others in APA formatting when writing a professional paper.

PURPOSE
The purpose of this assignment is to allow the learner to demonstrate writing skills, organizational skills, and ability to correctly present ideas and credit others in APA formatting when writing a professional paper.
COURSE OUTCOMES
This assignment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes.
CO #3. Demonstrate effective verbal, written, and technological communication using legal and ethical standards for transferring knowledge using success resources provided to Chamberlain students. (PO #3)
CO #4. Integrate critical thinking and judgment in professional decision-making in collaboration with faculty and peers. (PO #4)
CO #5. Apply concepts of professionalism when planning for personal, intellectual, and professional development. (PO #5)
CO #9. Demonstrate accountability for personal and professional development by assessing information and technology competence, implementing plans for upgrading technology skills, and using effective strategies for online student success using resources provided to Chamberlain students. (PO #5)
POINTS
This assignment is worth a total of 225 points.
PREPARING THE Professional Paper

  1. Carefully read this document (Professional Paper Guidelines), including the Rubri
  2. Download the APA Paper Template from Course Resources (under Course Home tab). Rename that document as Your Last Name Professional Paper.docx. Save it to your own computer or drive in a location where you will be able to retrieve it later. Type your assignment directly on the saved document. Remember that only Microsoft Word 2010 or a later version is acceptabl The document must be saved as a .docx. Save frequently to prevent loss of your work.
  3. Mechanics of the Professional Paper include:
    1. Times New Roman size 12 typeface (font) double spaced with 1-inch margins
    2. No abstract
    3. Correct APA format
    4. Correct spelling, apostrophe use, grammar, punctuation, paragraphing, and sentence structure
    5. Contents must include Title Page, body of the paper (500600 words including Introduction, two Main Points and subpoints from your Professional Paper Draft outline including revisions suggested by instructor, and Conclusion), and References page.
    6. Two Main Points and Conclusion should be Level 1 headings. No Level 2 headings are needed for this short paper.
    7. References should only include your Hood textbook and the assigned article for the competency approved by your instructor.
    8. Contents of the paper must include any revisions suggested by your instructor in Professional Paper Worksheet feedback. (see document: Professional Paper Draft)

GRADING CRITERIA

Category Points % Description: See Rubric for details.
Content
 Introduction 34 15.1% Clearly introduce and define the topic, as well as describe its importance to professional nursing. Content is attributed to the correct sources.
First Main Point 50 22.2% Clearly address the First Main Point including 2 or more sub-points from Professional Paper Worksheet (including revisions as indicated by instructor). Content is attributed to the correct sources.
Second Main Point 50 22.2% Clearly address the Second Main Point including 2 or more sub-points from Professional Paper Worksheet (including revisions as indicated by instructor). Content is attributed to the correct sources.
Conclusion 34 15.1% Clearly summarize the paper and make a concluding statement. Content is attributed to the correct sources. Do not add new content.
APA Format
 Title Page 4 1.8% Title page adheres to the format of the APA Paper Template assigned.
 Margins, font, spacing, headings 5 2.2% Margins, font, spacing, and headings adhere to APA format.
 Citations 11 5% Provide APA format citations for each idea (and/or words) not originally your own.
 References 12 5.3% References page adheres to APA format for Hood textbook and assigned scholarly professional nursing journal article.
Professional Writing
Organization, clarity, structure, paragraphing 15 6.7% Writing is organized and clear using appropriate structure and paragraphing. Paper contains 500-600 words excluding title page and references page.
Spelling and apostrophe use, grammar, punctuation, and professional wording 10 4.4% Writing adheres to American English rules of spelling, apostrophe use, punctuation, and grammar. Wording is professional.
Total 225 points 100% A quality assignment will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.
 

 
 
Grading RUBRIC

Assignment Criteria A (100%)
Exceptional
 
Outstanding or highest level of performance
B (88%)
Exceeds
 
Very good or high level of performance
C (80%)
Meets
 
Competent or satisfactory level of performance
NI (38%)
Needs Improvement
Poor or failing level of performance
F (0%)
Developing
 
Unsatisfactory level of performance
Content
Introduction
34 points
Clearly introduces and defines the topic, as well as describes its importance to professional nursing. Content is attributed to the correct sources.
34 points ☐
Introduces and defines the topic, as well as describes its importance to professional nursing. Content is attributed to the correct sources.
30 points ☐
Introduces and defines the topic, as well as describes its importance to professional nursing OR may not include both of above in a sufficient manner. Depth and detail are fair. Content may or may not be attributed to the correct sources.
27 points ☐
May not introduce or define the topic, or may not describe its importance to professional nursing. Content is not attributed to the correct sources.
13 points ☐
Minimal or no introduction.
0 points ☐
First Main Point
50 points
Clearly addresses the First Main Point including 2 or more sub-points from Professional Paper Worksheet including revisions. Specifics are excellent. Content is attributed to the correct sources.
50 points ☐
Addresses the First Main Point including 2 or more sub-points from Professional Paper Worksheet including revisions. Specifics are good. Content is attributed to the correct sources.
44 points ☐
Vaguely addresses the First Main Point including 2 or more sub-points from Professional Paper Worksheet with some revisions. Specifics are fair. Content may not be attributed to the correct sources in all cases.
40 points ☐
May not sufficiently address the First Main Point. Two sub-points from Professional Paper Worksheet may not be appropriately developed. Specifics and revisions are minimal. Content may not be attributed to the correct sources.
19 points ☐
First Main Point is not addressed in a manner that promotes understanding. Sub-points may not be included. Specifics are poor. Content is not attributed to the correct sources.
0 points ☐
Second Main Point
50 points
Clearly addresses the Second Main Point including 2 or more sub-points from Professional Paper Worksheet including revisions. Specifics are excellent. Content is attributed to the correct sources.
50 points ☐
Addresses the Second Main Point including 2 or more sub-points from Professional Paper Worksheet including revisions. Specifics are good. Content is attributed to the correct sources.
44 points ☐
Vaguely addresses the Second Main Point including 2 or more sub-points from Professional Paper Worksheet with some revisions. Specifics are fair. Content may not be attributed to the correct sources in all cases.
40 points ☐
May not sufficiently address the Second Main Point. Two sub-points from Professional Paper Worksheet may not be appropriately developed. Specifics and revisions are minimal. Content may not be attributed to the correct sources.
19 points ☐
Second Main Point is not addressed in a manner that promotes understanding. Sub-points may not be included. Specifics are poor. Content is not attributed to the correct sources.
0 points ☐
Conclusion
34 points
Clearly summarizes the paper and makes a concluding statement. Content is attributed to the correct sources. No new content added.
34 points ☐
Summarizes the paper and makes a concluding statement. Content is attributed to the correct sources. No new content added.
30 points ☐
Summary and/or concluding statement are fair (one may be minimal). Content may or may not be attributed to the correct sources. Rare new content added inappropriately.
28 points ☐
Did not include both summary and concluding statement. Content not attributed to the correct sources. New content is added inappropriately.
13 points ☐
Minimal or no Conclusion section.
0 points ☐
APA Format
Title Page
4 points
Title page adheres very well to the format of the APA Paper Template assigned (0-1 errors).
4 points ☐
Title page adheres mostly well to the format of the APA Paper Template assigned (2 errors).
3 points ☐
Title page somewhat adheres to the format of the APA Paper Template assigned (3 errors).
2 points ☐
Title page does not adhere well to the format of the APA Paper Template assigned (4 errors).
1 points ☐
No title page OR 5 or more errors.
0 points ☐
Margins, font, spacing, headings
5 points
Margins, font, spacing, and headings adhere well to APA format.
5 points ☐
Margins, font, spacing, and headings adhere fairly well to APA format.
 4 points ☐
Adherence of margins, font, spacing, and headings to APA format is only fair.
3 points ☐
Margins, font, spacing, and headings adhere poorly to APA format. Headings may or may not be present.
2 points ☐
Headings not used and paper is single spaced with incorrect font and margins.
0 points ☐
Citations
11 points
Provides very good APA format citations for each idea (and/or words) not originally your own (0–1 error).
11 points ☐
Provides good APA format citations for each idea (and/or words) not originally your own (2–3 errors).
10 points ☐
Provides fair APA format citations for each idea (and/or words) not originally your own (4-5 errors).
9 points ☐
Provides minimal APA format citations for each idea (and/or words) not originally your own (6 or more errors).
4 points ☐
Citations not used.
0 points ☐
References
12 points
References page adheres well to APA format for Hood textbook and assigned scholarly professional nursing journal article (0-1 error).
12 points ☐
References page mostly adheres to APA format for Hood textbook and assigned scholarly professional nursing journal article (2-3 errors).
11 points ☐
References page APA format for Hood textbook and assigned scholarly professional nursing journal article has fair format (4-5 errors).
10 points ☐
References page adheres minimally to APA format for Hood textbook and assigned scholarly professional nursing journal article (6 or more errors). May or may not use assigned article.
5 points ☐
References page not provided.
0 points ☐
Professional Writing
Organization, clarity, structure, paragraphing
15 points
Writing is very well organized and clear using very good structure and paragraphing.
Paper contains 500-600 words excluding title page and references page.
15 points ☐
Writing is organized and mostly clear using appropriate structure and paragraphing.
Paper contains 500-600 words excluding title page and references page.
13 points ☐
Writing organization is fair and sometimes uses appropriate structure and paragraphing OR
paper contains slightly fewer than 500 words or slightly more than 600 words excluding title page and references page.
12 points ☐
Writing is poorly organized and not clear using minimal appropriate structure and paragraphing.
Paper contains significantly fewer than 500 words or significantly more than 600 words excluding title page and references page.
6 points ☐
Writing is poorly organized. Poor structure, paragraphing, and organization greatly impact meaning. Paper contains significantly fewer than 500 words or significantly more than 600 words excluding title page and references page.
0 points ☐
Spelling and apostrophe use, grammar, punctuation, and professional wording
10 points
Writing adheres very well to American English rules of spelling, apostrophe use, punctuation, and grammar. Wording is very professional.
10 points ☐
Writing mostly adheres to American English rules of spelling, apostrophe use, punctuation, and grammar. Wording is usually professional.
9 points ☐
Writing sometimes adheres to American English rules of spelling, apostrophe use, punctuation, and grammar. Wording is sometimes professional.
8 points ☐
Writing does not often adhere to American English rules of spelling, apostrophe use, punctuation, and grammar. Wording is often casual.
4 points ☐
Writing poorly adheres to American English rules of spelling, apostrophe use, punctuation, and grammar with multiple errors. Wording is mostly casual.
0 points ☐
TOTAL: 225 points possible

 

 

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