FIN 620: Project Description and Scoring Guide
Money and Capital Markets Final Paper
At the end of every chapter in the textbook there is a section called “Web Exercises”. Typically there is an issue given thatties in closely with the chapter, and a website is recommended for further research or background on the subject. For your formal research essay assignment you are to select one of the Web Exercises as contained in the text that is of particular interest to you, research the central issues as outlined in the exercise, and report your findings.
This Final Paper will be divided into three separate parts to be completed at different stages in the course. In Part I of the final project for this course is the creation of a brief outline of your topic and main areas that you intend to cover. Also there should be a succinct and specific issue statement(s) that specify what will be covered. In Part II will be a rough draft of your final product. In Part III the final product will be submitted.
The project is divided into three distinct parts, or milestones, which will be submitted at various points throughout the course to scaffold learning and ensure quality final submissions. These milestones will be submitted in Modules 5, 8, and 10 (final week of the course).
Main Elements of the Final Product
At the end of every chapter in the textbook there is a section called “Web Exercises”. Typically there is an issue given that ties in closely with the chapter, and a website is recommended for further research or background on the subject. For your formal research essay assignment you are to select one of the Web Exercises as contained in the text that is of particular interest to you, research the central issues as outlined in the exercise, and report your findings.
Content: Your essay is to be between 7 – 10 pages of actual written content, exclusive of title page, references, tables, figures, or other supplements to your work. After an initial introduction to your topic, you should provide pertinent research and analysis related to your topic. Begin by discussing the key issue(s). Conduct your analysis of how the research relates to your issue(s), and what you have learned. Next are your Conclusions, which should be a brief summary of your key findings. Lastly, your Recommendations will be what your thoughts and feelings are as related to the research you have just discussed.
Format: Your essay should use APA Editorial Style rules including double-spacing between lines, title page, headings and subheadings, a references section at the end, citations, and in all other respects grammatically correct and consistent with APA standards. In the Title Page identify the Web Exercise you have chosen, and include the page number(s) where the article is located. Headings and subheadings should be used throughout, starting with an Introduction where you introduce your article and what you will be covering in your essay, sometimes this is called a Statement of Purpose. Next, there should be an Issue(s) subheading where you lay out the central issue or issues. Not much discussion is usually required here. Next, there should be a subheading for each key piece of research that you discuss. Finally, there should be a Conclusions section where the key findings are briefly reiterated and discussed. Lastly, a Recommendations section which is where you add your keen insights as related to all of this research you have just discussed.
Research: In addition to the textbook, four to six research resources may be utilized. Research should come primarily from financial academic journals. Newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, or Investor’s Business Daily may be used as well. Students are discouraged from using most magazines or websites, as they are not considered scholarly, and are not subject to the same standards of rigor and therefore are oftentimes highly biased and inaccurate.
Milestone One: Outline
In 5-5 Final Paper: Outline, you will submit Part I. The format should be approximately one typewritten page. Part I of the final project for this course is the creation of a brief outline of your topic and main areas that you intend to cover. Also there should be a succinct and specific issue statement(s) that specify what will be covered in your Rough Draft and Final Product.
Milestone Two: Rough Draft of Final Product
In 8-5 Final Paper: Rough Draft of Final Paper, you will submit thePart IIrough draft of your final product. This is a non-graded assignment, and the instructor will provide feedback to aid in development of the completed Final Project.
Milestone Three: Final Product
In 10-3 Final Paper: Final Money and Capital Markets Paper, you will submitPart III of the final product. It should be a complete, polished artifact containing all of the main elements of the final product. It should reflect the incorporation of feedback gained throughout the course. This milestone will be graded using the Final Product Rubric.
|Milestone||Deliverables||Module Due||Grading Metric|
|1||Outline||Five||Not graded separately; instructor will provide brief feedback.|
|2||Rough Draft of Final Product||Eight||Not graded separately; use Final Product Rubric to structure feedback; will affect Final Product grade under “Milestone submission…”|
|3||Final Product||Ten||Graded separately; Final Product Rubric|
Final Product Rubric
Requirements of submission: Written components of projects must follow these formatting guidelines when applicable: double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, and discipline-appropriate citations.
|Critical Elements||Exemplary||Proficient||Needs Improvement||Not Evident||Value|
|Milestone submission and incorporation of feedback||Meets Needs Improvement requirements and addresses all instructor feedback through incorporation or clarifying questions/dialogue with instructor (9-10)||Meets Needs Improvement requirements and incorporates some of the instructor’s feedback throughout the progression of the project (8)||Student completes and submits all milestones by the due date (7)||Student submits incomplete milestones or does not submit by the due date (0-6)||10|
|Comprehensive final product||Addresses all of the main elements of the final productdirectlyand includes additional elements that logically enrich and extend. (14-15)||Addresses all of the main elements of the final product listed above directly. (12-13)||Addresses all of the main elements of the final product listed above either directly or indirectly. (11)||Does not address all of the main elements of the project listed above. (0-10)||15|
|Illustration||Provides detailed examples to illustrate all concepts and topics discussed. (14-15)||Provides detailed examples to illustrate almost all concepts and topics discussed. (12-13)||Provides detailed examples to illustrate mostconcepts and topics discussed. (11)||Does not provide detailed examples to illustrate mostconcepts and topics discussed. (0-10)||15|
|Application||Accurately applies course concepts and principles forall relevantcourse objectives. (18-20)||Accurately applies course concepts and principles forseveral specific course objectives. (16-17)||Accurately applies course concepts and principles forat least one specific course objective. (14-15)||Does not accurately apply course concepts and principles forat least onecourse objective. (0-13)||20|
|Evaluation||Supports all claims and recommendations with specific evidence and logic that reflect creative thinking. (18-20)||Supports all claims and recommendations with specific evidence and logic. (16-17)||Supports almost all claims and recommendations with evidence and logic. (14-15)||Does not supportmost claims and recommendations with evidence and logic. (0-13)||20|
|No errors related to organization, grammar, and style (9-10)||Errors of grammar, organization, and style are marginal and rarelyinterrupt the flow (8)||Errors of grammar, organization, and style are limited enough that the paper is still able to be understood (7)||Errors of grammar, organization, and style makethe paper difficult to understand (0-6)||10|
|Incorporation of scholarly resources||Incorporates at least fourproperly cited scholarly resources that reflect depth and breadth of research. (9-10)||Incorporates at least threeproperly cited scholarly resources that reflect depth of research. (8)||Incorporates at least two properly cited scholarly resources. (7)||Does not incorporate at least two properly cited scholarly resources (0-6)||10|
|Earned Total: Comments:||100%|