There are no accepted guidelines for refereeing outlines.
However, I have attempted to created a set of
guidelines to assist you in refereeing the outlines (these tend to be my feeling
about what we should be doing, and are not based on theory, UNLIKE what your
outlines should be). AFTER you have read and fully understood what is required,
you MUST submit your reviews by going to the OUTLINE REVIEW SUBMISSION located
at the SUBMISSIONS page.
You MUST provide comments AND RATE
(see below) the following areas:
Topic Interest. This refers to how much interest you feel
the topic has. This is a consideration, but NOT a major one. Rate this area in
terms of how mush interest you believe that the topic has for the general
research community, NOT in terms of how much interest it holds for you
(although, let's face it, if you think it is really a boring area, then rate it
- Topic Definition. This refers to how Definitive you think the topic
is (i.e., "Does the outline try and do too Much?? Does it try and do too
little?? Is it appropriate??"). You are to determine how well the topic
applies, comment upon it, and rate accordingly.
- Topic Feasibility. This refers to whether or not you think
the topic can be completed in the time allotted. Essentially, it is the
question: "Is it doable??". You are to determine how feasible the topic seems,
comment upon it, and rate accordingly.
- Outline Strengths. This refers to what you felt were the BEST
points of the outline. You are to comment and rate accordingly.
- Outline Deficiencies. This refers to what you felt were the WORST
points of the outline. You are to comment and rate accordingly. NOTE: For this
evaluation area, USE THE OUTLINE DEFICIENCIES RATING SCALE.
- Outline Improvement. This area does NOT involve rating. We
all want feedback on what we have done. This is where you enter comments about
how the submitter might go about improving there outline. You might feel that
the outline is terrible. You can let the author know this, BUT ONLY IF YOU
SUBMIT COMMENTS THAT WILL ASSIST THE AUTHOR IN IMPROVING THEIR OUTLINE.
For Questions 1 through 4, Rate each area using the following scale. YOU MUST
ENTER A NUMERIC SCORE BETWEEN 1 AND 9 ON THE SUBMISSION FORM.
Below Above Absolutely
Average Average Average Perfect!!!
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
For Question 5 (ONLY), Outline Deficiencies, Rate each area using the
following scale. YOU MUST ENTER A NUMERIC SCORE BETWEEN 1 AND 9 ON THE
Loaded with Far Too Many
Very Few Absolutely No
Average Deficiencies Deficiencies
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
The referee Must submit their Reviews using the SUBMISSION FORM by the date
given in the course schedule.
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