Knowledge of relevant materials and evidence of reading (25) Presentation and structure



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Department of Social Sciences Marking Scheme



Criterion


Grade

Knowledge of relevant materials and evidence of reading

(25)

Presentation and structure


(20)

Argument and response to question

(20)

Understanding of issues/Application

(25)

Referencing

and conforming to instructions
(10)

A+

1st

80-100%

As for A along with demonstration of comprehensive understanding of the topic; brings in relevant material (perhaps national and international) beyond that covered in the module;

As for A along with exceptionally clear and concise language in creating coherent arguments



As for A along with the synthesis of a broad range of relevant material; clearly shows evidence of original thought

As for A along with demonstration of strong critical evaluation of material

As for A


A



1st
70-79%

Breadth and depth of reading and understanding of relevant arguments and issues; Perhaps

some areas covered in depth and awareness of provisional nature of knowledge. Uses appropriate terminology consistently.


Clarity of argument and expression; Has defined objectives in detail and addressed them comprehensively; Analytical and clear conclusions well grounded in literature; Fluent writing style appropriate to type of assignment; Grammar and spelling accurate.



Shows an ability to synthesise a range of material and addresses all parts of the assignment topic; Perhaps shows unique or imaginative insights.

Depth of insight into theoretical issues and/or application to practice; Where appropriate, demonstrates an ability to apply ideas to new material or in a new context.



Uses a standard referencing system correctly and consistently;

Work has been submitted within time boundaries and within prescribed parameters (e.g. word length).



B



2:1
60-69%

Draws on a range of sources; Perhaps

some areas covered in depth; Good knowledge of topic and use of appropriate terminology.


Has defined objectives and addressed them through the work; Good summary of arguments based in theory/

Literature Language fluent;

Grammar and spelling accurate.



Generally accurate and well-informed answer to the question that is reasonably comprehensive; Creates an argument that shows evidence of having reflected on the topic.

Demonstrates the ability to work with theoretical


material effectively and/or shows evidence of application.

Referencing is mainly accurate;

Work has been submitted within time boundaries and within prescribed parameters (e.g. word length).



C



2:2
50-59%

Uses a limited range of
source material;

Reasonable knowledge of topic and some use of appropriate terminology.


Has outlined objectives and addressed them at the end of the work; Some evidence of conclusions grounded in theory/literature;

Language mainly fluent; Grammar and spelling mainly accurate.

Addresses main issues of assignment topic without necessarily covering all aspects. Develops and communicates a basic logical argument with


some use of appropriate supporting examples and
evidence.

Demonstrates the ability to address theoretical


material and/or shows evidence of application.

Referencing is mainly accurate; Work has been submitted within time boundaries and within prescribed parameters (e.g. word length).




D




Pass



40-49%

Shows only sparse coverage of relevant material or contains some errors and omissions; Limited knowledge of topic but some use of appropriate terminology. Over-dependence on source material.


Has provided generalised objectives and focused the work on the topic area; Limited evidence of conclusions supported by theory/literature; Meaning apparent but language not always fluent; Grammar and/or spelling contain errors.


Shows some sign of understanding of the question set, though not necessarily sustained; Fails to support arguments with adequate evidence.



Demonstrates a basic ability to address theoretical


material and/or shows limited evidence of application.

Some attempt at referencing;

Deviates slightly from the required parameters.



Fail



39% -

Contains very little appropriate material or contains numerous errors and omissions;

Lacks evidence of knowledge relevant to the topic and/or significantly misuses terminology; Is plagiarised.

No information provided regarding objectives of assignment; Unsubstantiated/invalid conclusions based on anecdote and generalisation only, or no conclusions at all; Meaning unclear and/or grammar and/or spelling contain frequent errors.


Only briefly acknowledges the question if at all; Lacks any real argument or argument is illogical and incoherent.


Demonstrates a lack of understanding of theoretical material and/or lacks application.


Referencing is absent or

unsystematic;

Deviates significantly from the required parameters.




Sources

Business assessment criteria grid (devised by Margaret Price and Chris Rust, Oxford Brookes University).

Redman, P. (2001) Good Essay Writing: A social sciences guide, London, Sage Publications.

WIT/NALA Literacy Development Centre marking scheme originally adapted from Open University Materials.


Revised September 2013


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