The research paper should include all relevant details including:
– Structure and physiology of the microbe
– Pathogenesis, epidemiology and disease
– Diagnosis, treatment and prevention
– Research focus areas/news regarding the microbe
– Key Issues in controlling the disease.
Rubric for Adopt-a-microbe Assignment
Structure and physiology of the microbe (6 points)
5-6 points: All relevant details of the pathogen like shape, staining and colony characteristics, taxonomy, biochemical and/or physiological characteristics have been described.
3-4 points: Some of the relevant information regarding the structure and/or physiology of the microbe is lacking.
0-2 points: Crucial information is missing.
Pathogenesis, epidemiology and disease (8 points)
6-8 points: All virulence factors and mechanism(s) of pathogenicity have been provided; epidemiological information includes incidence, prevalence, and reservoirs of infection; disease(s) caused have been described.
3-5 points: Some of the virulence factors and mechanism(s) of pathogenicity have been provided; epidemiological and/or disease(s) information has a few details missing.
0-2 points: Lacks important information regarding the pathogenicity, epidemiology and/or disease.
Diagnosis, treatment and prevention (8 points)
6-8 points: All the traditional and current cutting-edge diagnostic methods, treatment regimens and vaccines have been described.
3-5 points: Most of the diagnostic methods, treatment regimens and vaccines have been given.
0-2 points: Information regarding diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the disease is either missing or is not recent/incomplete.
Research focus areas/news regarding the microbe (8 points)
6-8 points: Detailed information (with references) on the current focus of research areas is given along with all present/past news regarding the pathogen/disease that made the headlines.
3-5 points: Includes most of the information on the important research areas along with references.
0-2 points: Information is typically unclear /missing/irrelevant.
Key Issues in controlling the disease (10 points)
7-10 points: Clearly states all the issues, along with detailed explanations why/how those issues can/can’t be overcome, identify a few future questions/research directions.
4-6 points: States most of the relevant issues along with a few explanations, identify at least one new question that could be addressed in “future research”.
points: States a few issues with no supporting explanations, fail to identify the most relevant issue/question plaguing the field.
Sources/Bibliography (4 points)
4 points: All sources are accurately documented in the reference list in the proper MLA format.
2-3 points: All sources are accurately documented, but not many are in the desired format.
0-1 points: Most sources are not accurately documented.
Writing style/Organization (6 points)
4-6 points: The paper has a structure that is clear, logical, and easy to follow. The introduction provides sufficient background on the topic and previews major points. The conclusion is logical, flows from the body of the paper, and reviews the major points.
2-3 points: The paper is organized with well-constructed paragraphs. Most paragraphs include related information. However some of the main implications/consequences of the issues are missing.
0-1 points: Writing lacks clarity in stating conclusions, implications, and consequences of the various issues. Overall, the paper fails to grasp the “big picture” of the microbe research field.