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Synopsis/Appraisal Final Paper Overview and Instructions

Purpose:  This activity is a culmination of all activities and concepts covered in this class. You will summarize and appraise a quantitative study to determine its potential usefulness to inform nursing practice.  As part of this analysis, you will determine the rigor of the investigation and appraise credibility. You can do this by answering some key questions about the integrity with which they collected and analyzed data and employed techniques to reduce bias.

Assessment:  The final paper is worth 157 points and represents 25% of the final course grade.  Graded according to the rubric at the bottom, right hand section of this Brightspace page.

Instructions:

  1. Research the importance of the topic and write an introduction that includes these main points:
    1. Obtain relevant background information from a credible source other than the article
    2. Explain why the topic is important for researchers to explore
  2. Write a study synopsis that includes these main points:
  3. what known and not known about the topic and what gap in knowledge this study intends to fill
  4. research design and setting
  5. sample
    1. sampling method
    2. number of subjects
    3. inclusion/exclusion criteria
    4. attrition, loss to follow up, or response rate (if any)
    5. important characteristics of the sample
  6. how the study was conducted
    1. explain how the data was collected
    2. include measurement instruments and what they measured
    3. if the study involves an intervention, how the intervention was carried out
  7. Appraise the article in narrative format by answering the following questions.
  8. Was the sampling method appropriate for this study?  Why or why not?
    1. If inclusion and exclusion criteria were noted in the report, did the criteria control for extraneous variables?  Why or why not?
  9. Were the measurement instruments reliable and valid? Why or why not?
  10. If the study was experimental, was the intervention performed consistently? Why or why not?
  11. Were the conclusions of the study supported by the results?  Why or why not?
    1. Consider study limitations when appraising conclusions with respect to results
  12. State your analysis of the nursing implications based on the findings of the study.
    • Take statistical significance into account.
    • DO NOT use implications to nursing from the article; provide your own analysis.
  13. Complete the APA Checklist and TutorMe session. See the Writing Support content tab for documents and instructions.  
  14. Submit your article in pdf format and your appraisal and synopsis in Word format with the following filenames.
    • Lastname article
    • Lastname paper
    • Lastname checklist
    • Lastname tutorme chat

Due DateJun 27, 2020 11:59 PMAttachmentsSynopsis/Appraisal Student Paper Example #1Synopsis/Appraisal Student Paper Example #2Hide Rubrics

Rubric Name: Synopsis/Appraisal Final Paper

This table lists criteria and criteria group name in the first column. The first row lists level names and includes scores if the rubric uses a numeric scoring method.CriteriaAdvancedProficientDevelopingBeginningUnsatisfactoryIntroduction: resources used for introduction5 points

Outside source used

Information significantly relevant to the importance of the topic

4.5 points

Outside source used

Information has some relevancy to the importance of the topic

4 points

Outside source used

Information has minimal relevancy to the importance of the topic

3.5 points

Outside source used

Information has no relevancy to the importance of the topic

0 points

No sources beyond information in the article

/ 5Introduction: importance of the topic10 points

Provides significant, relevant information to explain why the topic is important for researchers to explore

9 points

Provides general information to explain why the topic is important for researchers to explore

8 points

Provides some information to explain why the topic is important for researchers to explore, but mainly focuses on the findings of the study under appraisal

7 points

Focuses only on the findings of the study under appraisal 

0 points

Importance of the topic not stated

/ 10Synopsis: what is known and not known about the study; gap in knowledge study is intended to fill10 points

All required information is provided and accurate

9 points

One deficiency in required information or accuracy

8 points

Two deficiencies in required information or accuracy

7 points

Three deficiencies in required information or accuracy 

5 points

Four or more deficiencies in required information or accuracy

/ 10Synopsis: research design and setting10 points

All required information is provided and accurate

9 points

One deficiency in required information or accuracy

8 points

Two deficiencies in required information or accuracy

7 points

Three deficiencies in required information or accuracy 

5 points

Four or more deficiencies in required information or accuracy

/ 10Synopsis: sampling10 points

All required information is provided and accurate

9 points

One deficiency in required information or accuracy

8 points

Two deficiencies in required information or accuracy

7 points

Three deficiencies in required information or accuracy 

5 points

Four or more deficiencies in required information or accuracy

/ 10Synopsis: how the study was done–measurement tools; intervention, if an experimental study10 points

All required information is provided and accurate

9 points

One deficiency in required information or accuracy

8 points

Two deficiencies in required information or accuracy

7 points

Three deficiencies in required information or accuracy 

5 points

Four or more deficiencies in required information or accuracy

/ 10Appraisal: sampling method, inclusion and exclusion criteria20 points

Demonstrates specific, insightful, and accurate application of class concepts to the article

18 points

Demonstrates general, accurate application of class concepts to the article

16 points

Demonstrates a general, but inaccurate, application of class concepts to the article

14 points

Demonstrates superficial and/or inaccurate application of class concepts to article

10 points

Summarizes article with no attempt to appraise

/ 20Appraisal: measurement tools; intervention, if an experimental study20 points

Demonstrates specific, insightful, and accurate application of class concepts to the article

18 points

Demonstrates general, accurate application of class concepts to the article

16 points

Demonstrates a general, but inaccurate, application of class concepts to the article

14 points

Demonstrates superficial and/or inaccurate application of class concepts to article

10 points

Summarizes article with no attempt to appraise

/ 20Appraisal: results, conclusions, and limitations of the study20 points

Demonstrates specific, insightful, and accurate analysis 

18 points

Demonstrates general, accurate analysis

16 points

Demonstrates general, but inaccurate, analysis

14 points

Demonstrates superficial and/or inaccurate analysis

10 points

Summarizes article with no attempt to analyze

/ 20Nursing Implications20 points

Demonstrates specific, insightful analysis 

18 points

Demonstrates general analysis

16 points

Demonstrates a limited analysis

14 points

Demonstrates superficial analysis

10 points

Summarizes article with no attempt to analyze

/ 20Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics5 points

Always uses correct grammar and punctuation

Appropriate sentence structure and word choice that enhances reader understanding

4.5 points

Mostly uses correct grammar and punctuation

Some inappropriate sentence structure or word choice that obscures minor points

4 points

Sometimes uses correct grammar and punctuation

Some inappropriate sentence structure or word choice that obscures important points

3.5 points

Many instances of incorrect grammar and punctuation

Some inappropriate sentence structure or word choice that obscures important points

2.5 points

Many instances of incorrect grammar and punctuation

Mostly inappropriate sentence structure and word choice that consistently obscures meaning

/ 5APA5 points

0 or 1 unique APA error

4.5 points

2 to 3 unique APA errors

4 points

4 to 5 unique APA errors

3.5 points

5 to 6 unique APA errors

2.5 points

More than 6 unique APA errors

/ 5Originality Scoring10 points

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AND

no improper paraphrasing, per instructor’s analysis

9 points8 points7 points0 points

More than 20% matching for TurnItIn

OR

improper paraphrasing, per instructor’s analysis 

/ 10APA Checklist and TutorMe Chat submitted2 points

Both submitted correctly and on time

0 points1 point

1 submitted correctly and on time

0 points0 points

Neither submitted correctly nor on time

/ 2Rubric Total ScoreTotal/ 157 

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