ResearchPaperorExerciseRubricfor the Departmentof ManagementandTechnology

ResearchPaperorExerciseRubricfor
the
Departmentof
ManagementandTechnology
CollegeofBusiness-
Worldwide

LevelsofAchievement

Criteria

Excellent(A)

Above-Average(B)

Average(C)

Near-Failing(D)

Failing (F)

Identification andAnalysisof
theMain Issues/Problem

23to25points
Identifies
andunderstands allof
themainissues
in question. Insightful,andthorough
analysis of alltheissues.

21to23points
Identifies
andunderstands mostof
themainissuesin question.
Thorough analysis
of mostof
the
issues.

19to21points
Identifies
andunderstands someof
theissues in question.
Superficial
analysis of someof
the
issues.

17to19points
Identifies
andunderstands fewoftheissues
in question. Incomplete
analysis of theissues.

0to17pointsIdentifies
and understands very littleof theissuesin
question. Noanalysis
ofthe issues.

Answersto
ResearchQuestions

18to20points
Answerstoresearch
questionsareclear
throughout.Connectionwith classandstudymaterialgoeswellbeyondtheobvious
connections amongideas;
demonstrates insightand originalthinking.

16to18points
Answerstoresearch questionspresent
some irrelevantinformationontopic etc.,but
very little;treatment goes
beyond obviousconnectionswith class andstudymaterial.

14to16points
Answerstoresearch questionsarevague
in places; someirrelevantor distractinginformation.

12to14points
Answerstoresearch questionsareunclear
and/or confusing.
Treatment is very superficial; papermay be
wellwrittenbut
says
nothing.

0to12points
Doesnot address
the
researchquestions. Treatment
is very superficialandsays very
little.

Organization
andCoherence

18to20points
Uses alogical structure
appropriate topaper’s
subject,
purpose, audience, thesis,and disciplinary
field. Sophisticatedtransitional
sentences oftendevelop
oneidea fromtheprevious one
oridentify theirlogical relations.
Itguides
the
reader through
thechainof reasoningorprogression
ofideas.

16to18points
Showsalogical progressionofideasand uses fairlysophisticatedtransitionaldevices;
e.g.,
maymove fromaleast
to
a more importantidea.
Some logicallinksmay befaulty, buteachparagraph clearly relates
to
paper’s centralidea.

14to16points
May list ideas orarrange
themrandomlyrather
than
usingany evident logical
structure. May use transitions,but
they
are likelytobesequential(first, second, third)rather than
logic-based.Whileeach
paragraphmay relateto
centralidea,logic is not
alwaysclear.
Paragraphs
have topic sentencesbutmaybeoverly
general,and arrangementof
sentenceswithinparagraphs
may
lackcoherence.

12to14points
May haverandom organization,lackinginternalparagraph
coherenceandusingfeworinappropriate transitions.
Paragraphs
may
lack topic
sentences ormainideas,or
maybe toogeneral
or toospecific
to
beeffective. Paragraphs may notall
relate topaper’s thesis.

0to12pointsAbsent of any
kindof organization.Lacks paragraph topic
sentenceandtransitions
between paragraphs. Paragraphsdonot
relate tothepaper’s thesis.

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Linksto Course
Readingsand Additional Research

18to20points
Excellentresearchinto theissueswithclearly documentedlinks
to
class (and/oroutside)readings. Muchmore thantheminimumrequired;effort to
explore topicexceeds
expectations;
useof
primary andsecondary sources;
allinformation
meets quality
criteria.
Sources interspersedwith
writer’sownanalysisorsynthesis;quotesareless
than10%
of paper;good useofsummary and
paraphrase;allsourcesare
documented;1-3minor errors(suchas incorrect
punctuation).

16to18points
Goodresearchand documentedlinks tothematerialread.
Slightly morethantheminimum required;effort toensure
breadthanddepth; possiblynoprimary sources;
allinformation
meets quality
criteria.
Sources interspersedwith
writer’sownwork;quotes areless
than20%
of paper;gooduseofsummary andparaphrase; allsources
are documented;4-6minor
errors(suchas
incorrect punctuation).

14to16points
Limitedresearchand
documentedlinks toany
readings. At
least theminimumrequired; reasonablebreadthand depthof
exploration;1-2
sourceslack quality
criteria (i.e.,Wikipedia). 1-2
instances of
stringingsourcereferences togetherwithlittleof
the
writer’s
ownwork;quotes
are25%
ormoreof paper;1-2
citationsmissingorwith
majorerrors
(ex:authors missingorincorrect).

12to14points
Incompleteresearchandlinks
to
any readings.Less
than theminimumrequired;
orprovidingonly surface
coverage;
most sourceslack
quality criteria.
More
than2instances
of
stringingsourcereferences;
quotesare40%ormoreof
paper;OR paperincludes
fewreferences tosources;
3-4 citations missingorwith majorerrors.

0to12pointsProvidedno
referencesorsupport
ofanalysis.
Veryfewsources;
noattempt
toexplorevarious
points ofview;all
sourceslack quality
criteriatotal.No
references
to sources; OR thereis
evidenceof plagiarism;5ormore citationsmissingorwithmajorerrors.

Style, Mechanics,and
Format

13to15points
Chooseswordsfortheir
precisemeaninganduses
anappropriatelevelofspecificity. Sentencestyle fitsaudienceandpurpose.Sentences clearly structuredandcarefully focused. Almostentirely freeof spelling, punctuation,and
grammaticalerrors. Accurately
userequiredformattingstyleandproper referencing

11to12points
Generally uses words accuratelyandeffectively,
but may betoogeneral.
Sentencesgenerallyclear, structured,
and focused, though
somemaybe awkwardorineffective.May containafewerrors,
whichmayannoy
the
readerbutnot impede
understanding.
Accurately
userequired formattingstyleandproper referencing

9to10points
Uses relatively
vagueand generalwords,
may
use
someinappropriate language.Sentence’s structuregenerallycorrect, butsentences
may bewordy,unfocused, repetitive,orconfusing.
Usually
contains
several
mechanicalerrors,which
maytemporarilyconfuse
thereaderbutnotimpede
theoverall
understanding.
Accurately
userequiredformattingstyleandproper referencingwith few exceptions

7to8points
Tends tobeingvague
and abstract, orvery
personal and specific. Usually contains
severalawkward
orungrammaticalsentences;
sentence
structureis simpleormonotonous.
Usually containseithermanymechanicalerrors
orafewimportant errorsthatblock
thereader’sunderstanding
andabilitytoseeconnections
betweenthoughts. Accurately use required formattingstyle
andproper referencingwith several
exceptions

0to6points
Misuseofwords
throughout. Awkward sentences throughout.Difficult
toattachathought
process. Poorly
punctuated,
misspelledwords,
grammatically
abusive.Failtouse required formattingstyleandproper referencing

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