Tsunamis Emerge as A Geological Phenomenon Discussion
Assignment ID Number AFFGEHU83939HD Type of Document Essay Writing Format APA/MLA/Harvard Academic Level Masters/University References/Sources 4 References
Introduction: As your final term paper in this class, you will be researching another geologic event that was impactful. This will be very similar to the first Geology in the
News Assignment that you completed at the beginning of the semester with these exceptions:
It can be a geologic event that occurred at any time in human history (so, the 1906 earthquake, 79 C.E. eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, etc.)
Your Paper will be longer, 3-4 pages (~750-1000 words) double-spaced, 12-pt Font, 1 ” margins. It should include a brief introduction and conclusion as well as body
paragraphs with headings. Include a title page.
You will be discussing all important aspects of the event including geologic/tectonic setting, the event itself, hazards, damage, what was learned, etc. (it will, of course,
depend on the topic you choose so what you write about will be dictated by what the research turns up.
You will need a minimum of 5 sources. They will not be news articles but can still be online sources as long as they are reliable. Peer-reviewed Journal Articles are great
as long as you understand them and can share the information in your own words.
Purpose: To investigate real-world geologic processes and the effects they have on humans and society. The secondary purpose is to familiarize you with scientific writing
and the use of APA-style.
Choosing a topic:
For this assignment, you will research some type of geologic process that we have discussed or will discuss in this class e.g. An Earthquake, a volcanic eruption,
Mudflow/Landslide, Effects of Climate Change, Formation of some geologic wonder like Yosemite, or any other topic of interest to you. It just needs to be geology-related and impactful/important to humans/society.
The topic you choose should be impactful, meaning that it actually affected the lives of people in a significant way or contributed to greater understanding in a significant way. ( so a magnitude 3 earthquake in LA that had no damage and was barely felt would not be a good topic. A larger magnitude earthquake that triggered landslides in
Northern India and affected thousands would be an impactful/important topic.)
Be clear, concise, and organized. Your summary should be brief, but informative while demonstrating an understanding of your topic. Organize your paper into paragraphs
each with a clear purpose. You will be using APA-style headings for your intro, conclusion, and body paragraphs.
Use Scientific Writing. You are reporting facts/information gathered from your sources but in your own words. Do not say refer to self or “you” E.g.; “I researched…” or “You
will learn…”. Writing should be clear and concise and should avoid redundancy.
Minimize Direct Quotes In scientific writing it is usually, if not always, possible to put the information you are conveying into your own words so please do so. Points will be
deducted for excessive/misuse of quotes. You still site the information you are sharing with APA-style in-text citations (see below).
***You need a minimum of 5 different sources for the assignment. Pretty Straightforward- 5 different media sources or Journal Articles, or reliable websites that describe
the geologic setting (no Wikipedia). You will use APA in-text citations and include your references at the end. If you aren’t familiar with APA-style, visit one of the links below
(or do a search on your own).
***It is required that you have both a reference page and in-text citations in your paper. Without them, the paper is considered plagiarized as you are not crediting your sources for the information.
https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/in_text_citations_the_basics.html (Links to an external site.)
For any additional questions on formatting, defer to APA-style: https://apastyle.apa.org/style-grammar-guidelines/paper-format (Links to an external site.)
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntroduction and conclusionBoth are clear and concise. Set up and conclude the paper. 5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOrganization: paper has a clear organizational scheme. each paragraph has a clear topic and paragraphs are arranged in a
logical manner. correct/sufficient use of headings. 15 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGrammar: Paper is free of grammatical errors. Sentences are well constructed and easily understood. Free of typos. 15 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeQuality of information: all important subtopics were thoroughly researched and clearly discussed. The information presented
is accurate and complete. Meets guidelines of assignment 50 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeComplete works cited page and in-text citations.A sufficient number of sources and use of in-text citations throughout. ***A 0 is possible on the paper if citations are not used or the reference page is not included. 15 pts
Total Points: 100
QUALITY OF RESPONSE NO RESPONSE POOR / UNSATISFACTORY SATISFACTORY GOOD EXCELLENT Content (worth a maximum of 50% of the total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 20 points out of 50: The essay illustrates poor understanding of the relevant material by failing to address or incorrectly addressing the relevant content; failing to identify or inaccurately explaining/defining key concepts/ideas; ignoring or incorrectly explaining key points/claims and the reasoning behind them; and/or incorrectly or inappropriately using terminology; and elements of the response are lacking. 30 points out of 50: The essay illustrates a rudimentary understanding of the relevant material by mentioning but not full explaining the relevant content; identifying some of the key concepts/ideas though failing to fully or accurately explain many of them; using terminology, though sometimes inaccurately or inappropriately; and/or incorporating some key claims/points but failing to explain the reasoning behind them or doing so inaccurately. Elements of the required response may also be lacking. 40 points out of 50: The essay illustrates solid understanding of the relevant material by correctly addressing most of the relevant content; identifying and explaining most of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology; explaining the reasoning behind most of the key points/claims; and/or where necessary or useful, substantiating some points with accurate examples. The answer is complete. 50 points: The essay illustrates exemplary understanding of the relevant material by thoroughly and correctly addressing the relevant content; identifying and explaining all of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology explaining the reasoning behind key points/claims and substantiating, as necessary/useful, points with several accurate and illuminating examples. No aspects of the required answer are missing. Use of Sources (worth a maximum of 20% of the total points). Zero points: Student failed to include citations and/or references. Or the student failed to submit a final paper. 5 out 20 points: Sources are seldom cited to support statements and/or format of citations are not recognizable as APA 6th Edition format. There are major errors in the formation of the references and citations. And/or there is a major reliance on highly questionable. The Student fails to provide an adequate synthesis of research collected for the paper. 10 out 20 points: References to scholarly sources are occasionally given; many statements seem unsubstantiated. Frequent errors in APA 6th Edition format, leaving the reader confused about the source of the information. There are significant errors of the formation in the references and citations. And/or there is a significant use of highly questionable sources. 15 out 20 points: Credible Scholarly sources are used effectively support claims and are, for the most part, clear and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition is used with only a few minor errors. There are minor errors in reference and/or citations. And/or there is some use of questionable sources. 20 points: Credible scholarly sources are used to give compelling evidence to support claims and are clearly and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition format is used accurately and consistently. The student uses above the maximum required references in the development of the assignment. Grammar (worth maximum of 20% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 5 points out of 20: The paper does not communicate ideas/points clearly due to inappropriate use of terminology and vague language; thoughts and sentences are disjointed or incomprehensible; organization lacking; and/or numerous grammatical, spelling/punctuation errors 10 points out 20: The paper is often unclear and difficult to follow due to some inappropriate terminology and/or vague language; ideas may be fragmented, wandering and/or repetitive; poor organization; and/or some grammatical, spelling, punctuation errors 15 points out of 20: The paper is mostly clear as a result of appropriate use of terminology and minimal vagueness; no tangents and no repetition; fairly good organization; almost perfect grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage. 20 points: The paper is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read as a result of appropriate and precise use of terminology; total coherence of thoughts and presentation and logical organization; and the essay is error free. Structure of the Paper (worth 10% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 3 points out of 10: Student needs to develop better formatting skills. The paper omits significant structural elements required for and APA 6th edition paper. Formatting of the paper has major flaws. The paper does not conform to APA 6th edition requirements whatsoever. 5 points out of 10: Appearance of final paper demonstrates the student’s limited ability to format the paper. There are significant errors in formatting and/or the total omission of major components of an APA 6th edition paper. They can include the omission of the cover page, abstract, and page numbers. Additionally the page has major formatting issues with spacing or paragraph formation. Font size might not conform to size requirements. The student also significantly writes too large or too short of and paper 7 points out of 10: Research paper presents an above-average use of formatting skills. The paper has slight errors within the paper. This can include small errors or omissions with the cover page, abstract, page number, and headers. There could be also slight formatting issues with the document spacing or the font Additionally the paper might slightly exceed or undershoot the specific number of required written pages for the assignment. 10 points: Student provides a high-caliber, formatted paper. This includes an APA 6th edition cover page, abstract, page number, headers and is double spaced in 12’ Times Roman Font. Additionally, the paper conforms to the specific number of required written pages and neither goes over or under the specified length of the paper.
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