Less than Satisfactory
|35.0 %Description of the problem
||A description of the problem is either missing or not evident to the reader.
||A description of the problem is present, but incomplete or inaccurate.
||A description of the problem is presented, but is cursory and lacking in depth.
||A description of the problem is thoroughly presented and includes all necessary elements.
||A description of the problem is thoroughly presented with rich detail and includes all necessary elements.
|35.0 %Rationale for the significance of the problem
||A rationale for the significance of the problem is either missing or not evident to the reader.
||A rationale for the significance of the problem is present, but incomplete or illogical.
||A rationale for the significance of the problem is presented, but is cursory and lacking in depth. The research cited in the definition is outdated.
||A rationale for the significance of the problem is thoroughly presented and includes all necessary elements. Some research cited in the definition is outdated.
||A rationale for the significance of the problem is thoroughly presented with rich detail and includes all necessary elements. The rationale is well supported with current and/or seminal research.
|20.0 %Organization and Effectiveness
|7.0 %Thesis Development and Purpose
||Paper lacks any discernible overall purpose or organizing claim.
||Thesis and/or main claim are insufficiently developed and/or vague; purpose is not clear.
||Thesis and/or main claim are apparent and appropriate to purpose.
||Thesis and/or main claim are clear and forecast the development of the paper. It is descriptive and reflective of the arguments and appropriate to the purpose.
||Thesis and/or main claim are comprehensive. The essence of the paper is contained within the thesis. Thesis statement makes the purpose of the paper clear.
|8.0 %Argument Logic and Construction
||Statement of purpose is not justified by the conclusion. The conclusion does not support the claim made. Argument is incoherent and uses noncredible sources.
||Sufficient justification of claims is lacking. Argument lacks consistent unity. There are obvious flaws in the logic. Some sources have questionable credibility.
||Argument is orderly, but may have a few inconsistencies. The argument presents minimal justification of claims. Argument logically, but not thoroughly, supports the purpose. Sources used are credible. Introduction and conclusion bracket the thesis.
||Argument shows logical progressions. Techniques of argumentation are evident. There is a smooth progression of claims from introduction to conclusion. Most sources are authoritative.
||Clear and convincing argument that presents a persuasive claim in a distinctive and compelling manner. All sources are authoritative.
|5.0 %Mechanics of Writing (includes spelling, punctuation, grammar, language use)
||Surface errors are pervasive enough that they impede communication of meaning. Inappropriate word choice and/or sentence construction are used.
||Frequent and repetitive mechanical errors distract the reader. Inconsistencies in language choice (register) and/or word choice are present. Sentence structure is correct but not varied.
||Some mechanical errors or typos are present, but are not overly distracting to the reader. Correct and varied sentence structure and audience-appropriate language are employed.
||Prose is largely free of mechanical errors, although a few may be present. The writer uses a variety of effective sentence structures and figures of speech.
||Writer is clearly in command of standard, written, academic English.
|5.0 %Paper Format (use of appropriate style for the major and assignment)
||Template is not used appropriately or documentation format is rarely followed correctly.
||Appropriate template is used, but some elements are missing or mistaken. A lack of control with formatting is apparent.
||Appropriate template is used. Formatting is correct, although some minor errors may be present.
||Appropriate template is fully used. There are virtually no errors in formatting style.
||All format elements are correct.
|5.0 %Research Citations (in-text citations for paraphrasing and direct quotes, and reference page listing and formatting, as appropriate to assignment and style)
||No reference page is included. No citations are used.
||Reference page is present. Citations are inconsistently used.
||Reference page is included and lists sources used in the paper. Sources are appropriately documented, although some errors may be present.
||Reference page is present and fully inclusive of all cited sources. Documentation is appropriate and citation style is usually correct.
||In-text citations and a reference page are complete and correct. The documentation of cited sources is free of error.
|100 %Total Weightage