Rubric for Research Proposal



Criterion

4

A-level qualities
(90–100)

3

B-level qualities
(80–89)

2

C-level qualities
(70–79)

1

F-level qualities
(below 70)



Score

Development Builds very effectively on assignments completed during the modules of the course; makes good use of mentor and classmate feedback for an improved product Builds adequately on assignments completed during the modules of the course; generally makes good use of mentor and classmate comments Does not build adequately on assignments completed during the modules of the course; these is little evidence that mentor or classmate comments were heeded Does not build on assignments completed in the course; product digresses or is generally confusing  

Application of concepts/Strength of analysis

Applies course concepts extremely effectively, creating a full and informed research proposal; analysis of the problem is sophisticated, accurate, and thorough; discussion is exceptionally skilled Applies course concepts throughout, creating an effective research proposal; analysis of the problem is insightful and essentially accurate; discussion is skilled Misapplies course concepts or applies them infrequently; analysis is basic or general; discussion is haphazard or cursory Fails to apply course concepts; proposal is very poorly executed or completely inadequate; analysis is missing.  
Format and Content Develops proposal as assigned and includes all items in a highly effective manner; develops all items thoroughly Develops proposal as assigned and includes all items (though some may be developed less effectively than others) Does not fully develop proposal as assigned; several items are missing or sections include inappropriate information Proposal is undeveloped or is missing many format items; proposal does not relate to the assignment  
Organization Arranges ideas clearly and logically to support the purpose or argument; ideas flow smoothly and are effectively linked; reader can follow the line of reasoning Arranges ideas adequately to support the purpose or argument; links between ideas are generally clear; reader can follow the line of reasoning for the most part Arranges ideas adequately, in general, although ideas sometimes fail to make sense together; reader remains fairly clear about what writer intends Arranges ideas illogically; ideas frequently fail to make sense together; reader cannot identify a line of reasoning and becomes frustrated or loses interest  
APA format Documents sources using APA format accurately and consistently Documents sources using APA format with minor violations Reflects incomplete knowledge of APA format Does not use APA format  

Writing mechanics

Writing demonstrates a sophisticated clarity, conciseness, and correctness Writing is accomplished in terms of clarity and conciseness and contains only a few errors Writing lacks clarity or conciseness and contains numerous errors Writing is unfocused, rambling, or contains serious errors  

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Note: Criteria are evaluated on a 4-3-2-1-0 basis. Total rubric points are converted first to a letter grade and then to a numerical equivalent based on a 0–100 scale: 23–24 = A (93–100); 22 = A– (90–92); 21 = B+ (88–89); 17–20 = B (83–87); 16 = B– (80–82); 15 = C+ (78–79); 11–14 = C (73–77); 10 = C– (70–72); 5–9 = D (60–69); 0–4 = F (below 60).