FIN 620: Project Description and Scoring Guide

Overview
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
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 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.

Milestones
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
Mechanics
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:
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