Introduction to Philosophy, S04 PHI 100 @ Cortland College, FA 11

Grading Rubrics

Contents

Weekly Discussion Questions
Paper Comments
Extra Credit: Notes
Final Grade Calculation

Weekly Discussion Questions

4

The student's comment engages directly with the question, showing clear evidence of having read the text. The best comments will draw directly on the text, bringing in ideas and facts, but also making personal observations. Writing will be clear and grammatically correct.

3

The student's comment engages directly with the question, drawing mainly on personal opinion. These comments will answer the question, but mostly be musings on the student's own personal views with little to no reference to the text.

2

The student's comment answers aspects of the question, but is largely unfocused. Comments of this level will attempt to answer at least part of the assigned question, but will show lack of understanding of the text or rest entirely on poorly formulated or underdeveloped personal views.

1

The student's comment fails to engage with the question, but instead is tangential to the topic. Comments of this level will touch on information from class or show some recognition of the material, but fail to show any understanding of that material, misrepresents the material, shows little thought or effort, or a combination of the three.

0

No post

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Paper Comments

4

Student's comments are insightful and helpful.  Comments of this level will point out any serious flaws in the paper and make cogent positive suggestions about how to fix these problems.  Comments may also discuss minor flaws as well as strengths, ways to reorganize the paper, and other suggestions.

3

Student's comments identify clear problems and attempt to suggest ways to fix the problem.  Comments of this level may pick out serious flaws, but focuses mainly on minor flaws and strengths or picks out major flaws, but fails to make cogent positive suggestions.  Comments may focus entirely on strengths, but in such a way as to positively contribute to the revision of the other student's paper.

2

Student's comments identify minor problems or strengths only.  Comments of this level may pick out serious flaws, but incorrectly identifies problems or fails to make any positive suggestions for fixing these problems.

1

Student's comments identify only strengths or create problems where there aren't any.  Comments of this level generally fail to pick out any issues or strengths and instead make general comments only, make negative comments only, or make positive, but erroneous, suggestions.

0

No Comments

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Extra Credit: Notes

4

The notes identify and emphasize the most important information from the lecture, cleaning laying out the main points and any discussion that added to the classes knowledge base. In addition, the notes supplement the lecture by being organizing the information in the clearest fashion possible.

3

The notes identify the most important information from the lecture. May lack some clarity, but is generally knowledgeable and readable and captures any additional supporting ideas.

2

The notes are missing some important information or structured in such a way that they mislead or confuse.

1

The notes are sparse, lacking most important information and supporting ideas.

0

No notes

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Final Grade Scale

After the final numeric grade is calculated, it is translated to a letter grade based on this scale:

Numeric Letter
3.70 + A
3.39 – 3.69 A-
3.09 – 3.38 B+
2.79 – 3.08 B
2.49 – 2.78 B-
2.29 – 2.48 C+
1.89 – 2.28 C
1.59 – 1.88 C-
0.69 – 1.58 D
0.00 - 0.68 F

This letter grade is the score that is submitted as the final grade.

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