Project #155044 - Analysis (Memo 2)

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Subject General
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/20/2016 12:00 pm

For this assignment, you will need to write an analysis essay illustrating the topic or category of focus to elaborate on in the form of a memo (2-3 pages double-spaced). This should either be a different topic than your previous memo, or it could be a similar topic with much greater elaboration, analytic focus, and additional pieces of evidence. In other words, it should be clear that this memo is the result of more data and deeper analysis than the first one.

 

For this assignment, you will need to select a category (that subsumes one or more codes) that you would like to elaborate on in a sustained piece of writing.  Select a category of focus that you think will be important to your analysis. Submit the memo (2-3 pages double-spaced) to Canvas.

To brainstorm for the analysis, follow these general guidelines:

  • Start with the main topic or idea at the center of a cluster
  • Move out from the center into smaller subclusters
  • Make connections (by drawing lines) between ideas, codes, and/or categories
  • Indicate the direction of connections with arrows
  • Keep going as far as you can with the cluster

Organize and look for connections between your codes by looking for causes, consequences,conditions, types, dimensions, opposites, etc. In your analysis, you will develop the ideas you mapped out in your cluster.  You may choose to focus your writing on one (or more) subcluster(s) of the larger cluster.

For the memo, the three most important things are that you…

  • Have a clear focus. It's better to focus and give good detail about one category than try to discuss too many things.   
  • Move beyond just description, and into analysis
  • Provide evidence/support from your fieldnotes (direct quotes from notes or paraphrasing are both okay)

The specific content of the memo is up to you, but some suggestions are given below:

  • Define a code or category
  • Detail the processes subsumed by codes or categories
  • Explicate the properties of the category
  • Specify the conditions under which the category arises, is maintained, and changes
  • Describe the consequences of a process/category
  • Make comparisons between data, codes, and/or categories

 

 

Analysis 1 Rubric
Analysis 1 Rubric
Criteria Ratings Pts
Thesis statement
Complex, analytical, and concise
20.0 pts
Well thought out and analytical
16.0 pts
Summative--relies on broad definition
14.0 pts
No Marks
0.0 pts
20.0 pts
Description of phenomenon
Complex, analytical, and concise
20.0 pts
Well planned and detailed
16.0 pts
Summative--offers vague descriptions
14.0 pts
No Marks
0.0 pts
20.0 pts
Evidence from fieldnotes
Direct and indirect quotes. Evidence matches description and analysis
20.0 pts
Relevant evidence. Offers a glimpse of field research.
16.0 pts
Weak or little support. Evidence doesn't support analysis or description of phenomenon.
14.0 pts
No Marks
0.0 pts
20.0 pts
Offers analysis
Complex, meaningful, and engaging
20.0 pts
Illustrates significance and offers complexity
16.0 pts
Weak or little analysis. Relies on broad representation of theme
14.0 pts
No Marks
0.0 pts
20.0 pts
Formatting and style
Engaged in rich academic discourse, polished, and followed all formatting guidelines
20.0 pts
Formal, somewhat polished, a few formatting issues
14.0 pts
Informal, needs several surface revisions, and did not follow several formatting guidelines
10.0 pts
20.0 pts
Total Points: 100.0

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