“Competency
Draft a paper that answers the research question based on findings.
Scenario
You are a first-year graduate student. You are taking a graduate course on research and writing. In this assignment, your professor has asked you to write the introduction section of a research paper for a research question/problem in which you are interested.
Instructions
Write the introduction section of a research paper for your professor. This section should:

Clearly identify the research question/problem.
Pique the reader’s interest in your research paper.
Analyze why the research question/problem is important by reviewing studies that have addressed the question/problem. Summarize groups of studies, not necessarily individual ones. The studies that you cite should be recent, published in the last 5-10 years. Older studies may be cited if they have been widely referenced by others.
Evaluate the deficiencies/gaps in the studies.
Explain how your research paper will address the deficiencies/gaps of past studies and how it will contribute to the scholarly research.
Explain what you expect to find by performing research on this question.
What benefits will the findings have and on whom?
Establish the purpose and the thesis of your research paper.

Resources
For writing assistance, please visit the Rasmussen College Writing Guide.
For help with APA, visit the Rasmussen College APA Guide.
Library databases such as the following are great resources for this project:

Health Sciences

CINAHL Plus
Health Sciences and Nursing via ProQuest
Medline

Business

Business Source Complete
Business via ProQuest

Another database that you may be interested in knowing about is ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.  You can view original research, view research design, data gathering techniques, etc.
Grading Rubric
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Competence
Proficiency
Mastery
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Insufficient or no identification of the research question/problem.
Basic identification of the research question/problem.
Thoughtful identification of the research question/problem.
Clear and thorough identification of the research question/problem.
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No attempt to pique the reader’s interest in the study.
Brief attempt to pique the reader’s interest in the study.
Thoughtful attempt to pique the reader’s interest in the study.
Innovative and thorough attempt to pique the reader’s interest in the study.
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No analysis of the research question or problem’s importance.
Basic analysis of the research question or problem’s importance.

Multiple studies are collated for analysis.
Thoughtful analysis of the research question or problem’s importance.

Multiple studies are collated for analysis.
Clear and thorough analysis of the research question or problem’s importance.

Multiple studies are collated for analysis.
Not Submitted
No evaluation of the deficiencies/gaps in the studies.
Brief evaluation of the deficiencies/gaps in the studies.
Thoughtful evaluation of the deficiencies/gaps in the studies.
Clear and thorough evaluation of the deficiencies/gaps in the studies.
Not Submitted
No explanation of how student’s research study will address the deficiencies/gaps of past studies and how it will contribute to the scholarly research.
Basic explanation of how student’s research study will address the deficiencies/gaps of past studies and how it will contribute to the scholarly research.
Thoughtful explanation of how student’s research study will address the deficiencies/gaps of past studies and how it will contribute to the scholarly research.
Comprehensive explanation of how student’s research study will address the deficiencies/gaps of past studies and how it will contribute to the scholarly research.
Not Submitted
Major errors or omissions in APA formatting.
Minor errors or omissions in APA formatting.
Minimal errors or omissions in APA formatting.
No errors or omissions in APA formatting.
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Spelling and grammar errors are numerous.
Spelling and grammar errors are evident but infrequent. May distract reader from the message.
Spelling and grammar errors are rare and do not distract the reader from the messages.
No spelling or grammar errors.

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