Term Paper Evaluation Guidelines – Weight: 10% Content 12 Marks Thesis: 4 – 2 for each section Relevance to Accounting Practice/Theory Student demonstrates awareness of how the thesis fits into the larger context of accounting Explanation/development/demonstration of importance of thesis Is the student’s own voice present in the thesis; is the student able to develop the thesis; does the student demonstrate consideration of relevant aspects of the thesis? Body: 8 – 2 for each section Development of argument Balance of argument – examining all facets of issue Originality of argument – own words/thoughts/ideas – student’s own voice Coherence of conclusion with support- clear conclusion, with support and explanation Structure 4 Marks Appropriateness Professionalism Readability Coherence Style 4 Marks Clarity Concision Spelling, punctuation, grammar Appropriate Referencing – for referencing throughout and for a bibliography The due date for the term paper is the last day of class, in class. A hard copy is to be submitted in class, at the beginning of class, and an electronic copy is to be submitted to the folder on Course Tools, prior to class. You must choose your own topic for your paper. The paper must be on a topic that is relevant to COMM 412 Financial Accounting Theory. Develop a thesis statement, and write a persuasive essay, arguing your point while ensuring you balance your analysis with contrasting viewpoints. This range of possible topics is intended to be quite broad, in order to allow for selection of a topic that is of interest, and suitability will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The term paper must be an original work of your own, individual creation. The term paper may not contain content from a paper, assignment, or presentation that has been previously submitted to COMM 412 or another class. The term paper may not be a collaboration with another student. The term paper assignment is subject to the rules of Academic Honesty. The length is 10 written pages, double-spaced, 12 point font, excluding Title Page, exhibits, and bibliography. Use Microsoft Word default margins. Sources for the paper can include the readings from class, but must also include other relevant, reputable sources, including academic journal articles, not from the course. These sources must follow an appropriate citation structure, including in-text references, and a reference list. Use the academic papers from the PD sessions (and the reference list, below) as a guide. A general guideline would be 5 – 7 references to such supporting material as journal articles, books, websites, and regulatory pronouncements. The Term Paper will be graded on content, structure, and style, as described below. Content. (12 Marks) The paper must address a thesis statement. Your argument should be logically consistent, relevant, realistic, and up to date (i.e. on a current issue). It must be your argument; merely repeating the arguments of others is insufficient. You must develop a thesis, a position on a topic, and support it through the formulation of an argument, using appropriate references. These references should be accurate, relevant, and up to date. Structure. (4 Marks) The paper should be structured in an “essay” format, with an introduction, body, and conclusion. Headings and sub-headings should be used to organize the paper and guide the reader through the essay. The different sections of the paper should logically flow in an order that develops the theme of the paper, and the material within the sections should be logically organized. The theme, or thesis statement, should be logically developed, and your position should be supported by evidence and a clear argument. Style. (4 Marks) Spelling, punctuation, usage and grammar must be correct. Writing should be clear and consistent throughout. Facts, ideas, and quotes from others must be clearly attributed, and appropriately cited. In-text citations must be appropriate, proper quotation and footnote style must be used. An alphabetical list of references should be used. Failure to consistently credit the source of quotes, ideas, and facts could be considered an act of academic dishonesty. The following writing resources list will assist you with composition and style (and is also what a reference list should look like): *References Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., & Williams, J. M. (2008). The craft of research. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. Payne, L. V. (1965). The lively art of writing. Chicago: Follett Pub. Co. Strunk, W., & White, E. B. (2009). The elements of style (50th Anniversary ed.). New York: Pearson Longman. Williams, J. M., & Colomb, G. G. (2010). Style: Lessons in clarity and grace (10th ed.). Boston: Longman.
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