Addressing the topic:
provide a context and, using published literature, define concepts, interpretation, theoretical models and the range of perspectives available, showing how this information informs the question to be answered.
use and evaluate externally sourced material such as research findings, facts, quotations or other forms of information (e.g. audio/visual) to back up your evidence, supporting your ideas/claims clearly and concisely.
construct a coherent, convincing set of reasons for a particular view, from the starting to the concluding point, building elements through the evidence provided.
determine the value, significance, strength and/or weaknesses of something (e.g. research findings, theory, methodological approach, policy, another’s argument or interpretation) demonstrating explicit knowledge of and viewpoint on a range of material.
arrange information in paragraphs providing an introduction and conclusion with a structure that systematically supports the development of ideas that link the arguments.
use words, grammar and punctuation, free from errors, to formulate fluent, clear utterances that are appropriate in form, purpose style and tone, adopting academic conventions such as Harvard referencing.
MARKING CRITERIA FOR FINAL ASSIGNMENTS
These criteria are important from Level 3 onwards. For Level 2 literature reference may not be appropriate.
Distinction: Grade A: demonstrates:
- Clear Rationale supported and substantiated by appropriate evidence
- Extensive knowledge, understanding and evaluation of relevant literature
- Focussed argument backed by substantial evidence and experience
- Practical application of knowledge with in-depth reflection of results
- Professional presentation with all TCOT prescribed criteria *
Merit: Grade B: demonstrates:
- Clear Rationale supported and substantiated by some evidence
- Knowledge, understanding and evaluation of relevant literature
- Argument backed by adequate evidence and experience
- Practical application of knowledge with reflection of results
- Professional presentation of 80% + of TCOT prescribed criteria *
Pass: Grade C: demonstrates:
- Clear rationale with limited evidence
- Some knowledge, understanding and evaluation of relevant literature
- Evidence of reasoned thinking in 75% of the submission
- Practical application of knowledge with some reflection of results
- Professional presentation with 60%+ of TCOT prescribed criteria *
Referral Grade D: demonstrates:
- Rationale not clearly explained or supported
- Limited knowledge, understanding and evaluation of relevant literature
- Arguments not developed or sustained
- Practical application not linked to theoretical knowledge
- Professional presentation with less than 50% TCOT prescribed criteria
* Summative (final) assignments must demonstrate a professional level of the English language.
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