Criteria Indicative Marking Criteria Grading
Academic Sources: Finding and appraising information 30%
Referencing: Use of an appropriate referencing system 30%
Quality of Notes
Quality of sources (variety, currency) Academic credibility of source Relevance to research topic/question Evidence of having appraised sources
Referencing using APA 7th Edition style Correctly formatted in-text citations and a well-complied reference list.
Use of a recognised notetaking/making system (Cornell, KWL, Sentence, Outline, Mind mapping) structure, formatting, spelling/grammar, standard of writing, including use of English. Coherence and critique (argument) which addresses research topic or Q
FIRST (Outstanding/Exce Ilent):
72, 75, 78, 82, 85, 90, 95, 100%
High quality sources used, all material relevant to the subject or research topic. A good selection of appropriate sources used (may include journal articles).
Citations (in-text) and references (list) are formatted to APA Referencing Style. High quality sources used throughout and well formatted using APA referencing style
Excellent organization (clearly linked, structured and succinct) shown throughout the work. Well organized into sections/paragraphs, note-taking system used effectively. Information is presented to a high standard with excellent visual appearance. Writing is critical and of a high standard and addresses the research topic/question. Notes demonstrate a coherent flow that allows the reader to travel to a sensible conclusion. Scientific terms used correctly with excellent use of English and very few spelling and grammatical errors.
UPPER SECOND (Very Good): (62% ,65%, 68%)
Source are very good, consisting of references from textbooks/peer reviewed sources. Most of the material is relevant to the subject. Most of the sources are appropriate.
Citations (in-text) and references (list) are mostly formatted to APA Referencing Style. Some minor issues with APA Referencing Style (either in-text or list).
Well organized in sections/paragraphs with a clear structure, using a well-recognised note-taking system. Information is presented to a very good standard and notes are visually attractive. Ideas are linked providing some flow and allowing the reader to travel to a sensible conclusion. An argument or critique is presented, which addresses the research topic/question. Scientific terms used correctly with very good use of English and few spelling and grammatical errors
LOWER SECOND (Good): (52%, 55%, 58%)
Some poorly chosen sources although most of the sources are appropriate but some irrelevant material included.
Citations (in-text) and references (list) are generally formatted to APA Referencing Style but not consistently.
The work is generally formatted in a sensible fashion – clear and organized. It is structured to a good standard with some coherence. A recognizable note-taking system is used and information presented well with some errors. Some minor grammatical and spelling errors. Use of English could be improved with clarity and some scientific terms may not be used correctly.
THIRD (Pass, Acceptable): (42%, 45%, 48%)
Problems with chosen sources indicating a weak attempt to research the topic. Some information is relevant, but sources are not appropriate for scientific purposes.
Citations (in-text) and references (list) may be partly formatted correctly to APA Referencing Style but has some errors or are incorrect. Problems with listing/or problems with chosen sources
The work is generally presented to a low standard. Information is presented in an unstructured way that makes it difficult to identify the notetaking system used. Key information is included but some aspects may be missing aspects which makes it difficult to follow ideas as they appear randomly rather than ins a structured and organised manner. The standard of writing is fair, but there are considerable grammatical and spelling errors that affect the flow and understanding. Scientific terminology is used sparingly and not always correctly
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