Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Learning Outcomes

 
Undergrad:     Masters: 3
3: Outcome description:
Students will demonstrate the ability to apply tools and technology to conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the profession.

4
Excellent
3
Good
2
Fair
1
Poor
0
Unacceptable
  • Understands and can carry out all common types of queries without significant error

  • Understands And can carry out all common types of spreadsheet analysis without significant Error.

  • Excels at all aspects of this assignment - conceiving of a project idea, determining the existence of a database, contacting appropriate agency officials, requesting data, applying the relevant law To support the request, dealing well with challenges that arise, starting the project In a timely fashion, working steadily, And reporting back To the class And instructor In an articulate And thoughtful way; writing uses AP style And Is clear And well-organized.

  • Contributes regularly To class discussions And volunteers answers when the class Is asked To think critically In solving reporting challenges.

  • Provides an engaging And informative verbal And written presentation, including the chapter outline, tour of relevant Web sites, choice of a related story To present To the class, And insightful story synopsis; writing uses AP style And Is clear, thoughtful And well-organized

  • Excels at all aspects of the assignment - conceiving of a newsworthy reporting project, conducting an effective analysis of the data, assessing the pros And cons of the data, describing a Set of steps that would be necessary To complete a reporting project, And producing a written report that Is clear, thoughtful, well organized And employs AP style.

  • Can carry out most queries with a only a limited number of errors

  • Can correctly answer questions about a spreadsheet with few errors.

  • Displays competence In most aspects of the assignment.

  • Contributes To discussions In a majority of class sessions And makes repeated efforts To apply critical thinking To challenging questions posed To the class.

  • Provide a competent verbal And written presentation, but may Not show consistent strength In all aspects of the assignment.

  • Shows competence In most aspects of the assignment.

  • Can carry out some basic queries but cannot complete a battery of queries without repeated errors, suggesting failure to master some material or to work carefully.

  • Can correctly answer most questions using various analytical tools, but experiences a level of error suggesting failure to master some material or to work carefully.

  • Initiates the data acquisition project And reports To the class And instructor, but does Not pursue the project aggressively Or effectively.

  • Contributes To some discussions sessions, but does Not make repeated efforts To apply critical thinking To challenging questions posed To the class.

  • Completes the written And verbal report by the deadline, but may show weakness In some elements of the assignment.

  • Completes the project but without a consistent degree of competence.

  • Can carry out a small number of queries, but makes frequent errors, suggesting a failure to master much of the material.

  • Can answer or perform some calculations and functions using data in a spreadsheet, but has failed to master much of the material.

  • Fails To carry out at least one required Step In the project Or submits a report lacking at least one required element.

  • Rarely speaks up In class, occasionally detracts from class sessions with inappropriate comments, Or interferes with class sessions by occasionally arriving late.

  • Submits the assignment missing at least one required element; shows weakness In several elements of the assignment; Or shows a weakness of initiative And insight In pursuing the assignment.

  • Submits a final project memo lacking a required element Or demonstrating weak understanding of approaches To analyzing data Or weak application of critical thinking.

  • Has one or more of the following problems: does not complete relevant assignments; submits work after the deadline; makes errors in most queries; lacks mastery of most material.

  • Has one or more of the following problems: does not complete relevant assignments; submits work after the deadline; makes errors in most calculations and sue of functions; lacks mastery of most materials.

  • Has one Or more of the following problems: fails To complete the project; submits the report after the deadline; fails To carry out several required steps In the project; submits a final report lacking several required elements; fails To master most of the material.

  • Has one Or more of the following problems: Never contributes To class sessions; repeatedly detracts from class sessions with inappropriate comments; repeatedly interferes with class sessions by arriving late.

  • Has one Or more of the following problems: fails To complete the assignment; submits the assignment after the deadline; submits an assignment lacking several required elements; shows complete lack of initiative And insight In pursuing the assignment.

  • Has one Or more of the following problems: fails To complete project; misses the project deadline; submits a final project lacking several required elements; displays a profound lack of initiative Or critical thinking.

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