CriteriaBelow Expectations Fail (0 – 49)Meets Expectations Pass (50 – 59)Meets Expectations Credit (60 – 69)Exceeds Expectations Distinction (70 – 79)Exceeds Expectations High Distinction (80 – 100)Introduction to the topic and essay (10%)The introduction lacks essential information or is difficult to follow; does not provide an overview of the topic; does not provide an overview of how the essay has been written.The purpose of the essay was outlined and provided a brief introduction to the topic; did not provide an overview of how the essay has been written.The purpose of the essay was outlined; a brief introduction to the topic was provided; a brief overview of how the essay has been written was provided.The purpose of the essay was clearly outlined and the topic was introduced in sufficient detail; provided a good overview of how the essay has been written.Accurate and succinct overview of the topic concepts and the meaning of the constructs; provides the reader a good road map of how the essay has been written. Gives the reader a clear and compelling desire to read on.Review and analysis of the topic: comprehensive literature review and critical analysis of the topic (40%)No relevant literature is reviewed on the topic and no attempt at critical analysis of the topic.Some literature is reviewed and there is some attempt to describe aspects relevant to the topic. These descriptions are unclear, incomplete, or simple summaries with no attempt at critical analysis.Sufficient literature review on the topic; however, the critical analysis is limited and simply describes the findings of different research articles without integrating them into a cohesive discussion.Good literature review and critical analysis on the topic providing a clear discussion. There is some attempt to evaluate the evidence and to synthesize the findings into a coherent discussion.Using appropriate analytical skills, the student provides a comprehensive literature review of the key articles on the topic; exhibits high critical thinking abilities and is able to provide an insightful critical analysis by evaluating the evidence rather than simply listing the articles and what they claimed and found. Provides a succinct picture of the current state of knowledge on the topic.Use of relevant examples (20%)No examples are presented or the examples are not relevant to the topic.An example is given that is somewhat relevant to the topic but no attempt is made to explain how it relates to the topic.A relevant example is given and a basic explanation is provided of how the example illustrates aspects of the topic.2-3 examples are given and there is an explanation of how each example illustrates one or more aspects of the topic as they are being explained in sections of the essay.Many appropriate examples are provided and there is a succinct explanation of how each example illustrates one or more aspects of the topic as they are being explained in sections of the essay.Organisation/structure of the essay (15%)The essay was not well organised/structured with no logical flow of ideas; difficult to read and understandThe essay had a structure with paragraphs but no cohesive ties between the paragraphs.The essay was sufficiently organised with flow of ideas from one paragraph to next though there was scope for improvementExhibited good/clear organisation and structure with good flow of ideas; easy to read and understandOverall organisation / structure was very professional with logical flow of ideas and compelled the reader to continue reading.Use of relevant sources (10%)• No sources are mentioned.• A few sources are mentioned but they are blogs, websites, magazines or other non-scholarly sources.• Some relevant scholarly sources are mentioned but other sources are of questionable authority. There might be some lack of clarity on how sources relate to the part of the assignment where they are cited.• At least 5 scholarly sources (e.g., journal articles) are cited and are generally relevant to the case. The relevance of the citation to the part of the assignment where it is cited is generally clear.• Several scholarly sources are cited in support of arguments and they are highly relevant and appropriate. For every citation there is a clear articulation of how the source relates to the part of the assignment where it is cited.No citations are included in the text of the essay, and/or there is no reference list at the endA few sources are mentioned but they are blogs, websites, magazines or other nonscholarly sourcesSome relevant scholarly sources are mentioned but other sources are of questionable authority. There might be some lack of clarity on how sources relate to the part of the assignment where they are citedAt least 8 scholarly sources (e.g., peer reviewed journal articles) are cited and are generally relevant to the essay topic. The relevance of the citation to the part of the assignment where it is cited is generally clear8 or more scholarly sources (e.g. peer reviewed journal articles) are cited in support of arguments and they are highly relevant and appropriate. For every citation there is a clear articulation of how the source relates to the part of the assignment where it is citedReferencing style: Use of Chicago 17 referencing style (5%)No referencing attemptedMany errors in referencing style/ mixes different referencing stylesChicago 17B referencing style is used with some format errors or inconsistencies.Chicago 17B is used almost perfectly with few errors or inconsistencies.Citations and references fully comply with Chicago 17B.
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