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Rubric for a Research Paper (total point to the final grade: 60%) Research Methods and Quantitative Analysis (BUS 600)



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1.Research Title




The title is a simple, meaningful, and attractive and accurately reflects the investigation, includes keywords.


Clear and unambiguous.


Accurately reflect the content.


2.Abstract (200-250 words)




The abstract is representative of the thesis content, can be read and understood independently.


Frames the 3Ps of an article Purpose, Procedure and Principal Findings

Summarize the problem, methods, results, and conclusions in a single paragraph.

Interesting and understandable.


Accurate and specific.



Table of Content


3.Introduction (Research Importance) (500-1000 words)




• Topic is clearly justified.


Provide a brief context to the readers.

Address the problem.

Identify the solutions and limitations.

Identify what the work is trying to achieve.

Provide a perspective consistent with the nature of the journal.

Research Question and Objectives

Research question and objectives are clearly stated and highly relevant to the topic.

Research Potential Contributions


Identifies a gap in existing knowledge.

The thesis will likely lead to an actual contribution to it.

4.Literature Review (1000-2000 words)




Research variables defined.


Demonstrates basic knowledge of literature in the area.

Framed by positioning it against past research.

Provides a useful synopsis of a body research.

Research Model and Hypotheses

Hypotheses are clearly stated, and directional predictions are made based on the previous literature.

5.Research Methodology (500-1000 words)




This section consists a step-by-step methodological procedure used in this study (i.e., sample and data collection, instrumentation, the measurement model and structural model analysis) to test the research model.


Well suited and clearly described method.


Research approach, strategy, design, ethics explained.

Measures/ sources of questionnaire.

Data collection and sample at least 150.

Data analysis.

6.Results / Findings (500-1500 words)


Include only data of primary importance.


Use sub-headings to keep results of the same type together.

Be clear and easy to understand.

Highlight the main findings.

Feature unexpected findings.

Provide statistical analysis.

Include illustrations and figures.

7.Discussion and Conclusion (1000-1500 words)


Interpretation of results.


Make the discussion correspond to the results and complement them.

Compare published results with your own.

Main objective is to highlight theoretical contribution.

Demonstrate where existing theory is wrong or lacking.

Demonstrate how and where research in the paper fixes incorrect assumptions or fill gaps in knowledge.

Clarify practical implications.

Address limitations.

Suggestions for future research.



Proper and consistent formatting of reference list.


Reference list matches citations.

9.Clarity of explanations


All explanations clear and easy to understand, factually correct.


10. Language


There are no errors that impairs the flow of communication.


11.Organization of writing


Well organized, demonstrates logical sequencing and structure.