5.2 ASSESSMENT CRITERIA FOR WRITTEN WORK, PRESENTATIONS, SEMINAR PARTICIPATION AND CREATIVE WRITING

5.2.1 When assessing written work (including essays written as part of an exam) staff consider the following points:
• Depth of understanding of basic concepts and issues
• Relevance to the assignment title or question
• Logical organisation and linking of ideas (coherence)
• Personal evaluation of issues under discussion and/or application of a descriptive framework to data
• Analysis, including originality of examples used; or originality of narrative / poetic structure in creative work
• Knowledge of the relevant contexts of the subject
• Critical use of secondary material
• Clarity of expression
• Accuracy of grammar and punctuation
• Systematic and standardised in-text and bibliographical references (n/a to exams)
• Final copy presentation and layout (n/a to exams).


5.2.2 When assessing presentations, staff consider the following points (alongside the Department’s usual grading criteria given in 5.2.1):
• Engagement of audience
• Use of appropriate supporting materials/technology (OHP, Slides, PowerPoint, handouts, audio, video etc.)
• Indicative references for use of secondary material (e.g. on PowerPoint or handout; cf. 5.2.1 bibliographical references)
• Time-keeping
• In the case of group presentations, group cohesion and appropriate distribution of roles.

5.2.3 The points given above will apply to most of the assignments that you are set. In some cases, however, a particular module or task will require its own set of criteria, and these will be advertised to you when you are given the assignment. If you are not sure of the criteria by which a piece of work is going to be assessed, or you do not understand the criteria you have been given, then you should ask your seminar leader or the module convenor.

5.2.4 Seminar Participation

At Levels 1 and 2, you will be graded for Seminar Participation. For every Level 1 or 2 module you take, a mark will be recorded at the end of the module and will constitute 10 per cent of your final module mark. In assessing participation, seminar leaders take into account:


• Attendance
• Preparation (including knowledge and understanding of the set reading/viewing, introduction of extra materials for discussion, level of study-group participation, preparation for seminar presentations).
• Participation in seminar assignments and discussion (including contribution to the discussion, the raising of appropriate questions, involvement in seminar assignments and learning activities, and level of interaction with other students in the seminar).

 

5.2.5 Creative Writing

When assessing written work (including exams) staff consider the following points:
 • An individual imaginative and technical response to the demands of the taught elements of the course.
 • Experiment with textual form & content, and linguistic elements.
 • Originality and quality of the poetry, fiction or script, including rhythm, sound, tone and other musical effects of language; handling of line, phrase and stanza in poetry; in fiction and scriptwriting, a recognizable fictional/dramatic strategy; an appropriate relationship of language to narrative and visualisation, and a secure grasp of register; and in all disciplines, an understanding of structure and development; an expressive power and precision of language; and a vivid handling of imagery and idiom.
• Understanding of drafting, revising, editing, and developing an awareness of an audience.
• A sensitivity to the generic conventions of writing, and to the shaping effects of authorship and your intended audience.
• A definable relationship between finished individual pieces and the portfolio as a whole.
• Presentation: spelling, punctuation, grammar, syntax, layout and the formal conventions of the discipline.

When assessing self-reflexive essays and writers' journals, faculty also consider:
• A critical appreciation of developments in contemporary and twentieth/twenty-first century writing.
• An articulate knowledge and understanding of creative texts, concepts and techniques.
• Rhetorical skills of effective communication and argument.
• A broad range of vocabulary and an appropriate critical and professional terminology.
• Persuasive written and oral arguments concerning your own creative writing and the work of other authors.
• An understanding, and application of a variety of technical positions, weighing the importance of alternative perspectives.
• Self-reflexive evaluation of issues under discussion, related to a wider creative, critical and intellectual context.
• Systematic and standardised in-text and bibliographical references.