LO1: Demonstrate Effective Written Communication Skills

  • Qatar University
    Department of Finance and Economics
    Intermediate Microeconomics ECON 211
    Assignment
    Fall 2018
    (5 Marks)
    Due: Thursday 8 – 11 – 2018 (In Class)

    LO1: Demonstrate effective written communication skills

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    • When writing, it is very important that you pay attention to the following:
    1. The essay must be two pages, 12 font, and double spaced.
    2. Organization.
    3. Coherence (consistency) of the paragraphs.
    4. Structure of the sentences.
    5. Grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes.
    6. Appropriate tone: such as explaining the unfamiliar terms, employing professional diction, avoiding technical or colloquial language.
    7. Supporting material
    8. Presentation and document design.

    LO1: Written Communication Skills Rubric

    Performance Area 1: Does Not Meet Expectations 2: Needs Improvement 3: Meets Expectations 4: Exceeds Expectations Score
    Document organization Omits clear statement of purpose; and addresses topics without clear logical sequence. Contains statement of purpose but may rely on implicit thesis or organization. Presents clear statement of purpose/thesis in appropriate location; majority of the material is presented in clear and/or logical order appropriate to the task; and organization increases readability. Presents clear statement of purpose/thesis in appropriate location; all the material is presented in clear and/or logical order appropriate to the task; and organization increases readability.

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    Paragraph coherence May present overly short paragraphs, have undeveloped material, or contain unrelated material; and omits necessary transitions. May lack development; may stray to other topics within paragraphs; and generally provides clear transitions between paragraphs. Development is evident; provides a logical sequence for document content; the transitions are clear and most of the paragraphs are neither overly long or too brief. Develops a single idea in each paragraph; provides a logical sequence for document content; transitions develop connections between paragraphs; and paragraphs are not overly long or brief.

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    Sentence structure Employs repetitive or simplistic sentence structures; contains wordy or unclear sentences; and includes fragments or run-ons. Generally maintains varied and correct sentence structures; and may include small number of sentence-level errors. Demonstrates variation in sentence structure; majority of the ideas are expressed clearly and concisely; and contains one or two unnecessary fragments or run-on sentences. Demonstrates sophistication and variation in sentence structure; expresses ideas clearly and concisely; and contains no unnecessary fragments or run-on sentences.

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    Correctness of spelling and grammar Contains significant errors that detract from understanding or compromise writer’s credibility. There are few but significant errors of grammar; and text contains spelling and punctuation mistakes. Adheres to standard rules of grammar, usage, mechanics, punctuation, and spelling; and may include no more than 3-5 minor errors. Adheres to standard rules of grammar, usage, mechanics, punctuation, and spelling; and include no errors.

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    Audience/
    Tone Uses technical or colloquial language inappropriate to the context of the assignment, and errs inappropriate tone. Demonstrates audience awareness but there is a use of overly technical or colloquial language; and may lose control of tone. Addresses audience concerns by largely explaining unfamiliar terms; largely avoids overly technical or colloquial language; and barring one of two places maintains appropriate tone. Addresses audience concerns by explaining all the unfamiliar terms/material; employs professional diction and avoids overly technical or colloquial language; and maintains appropriate tone.

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    Support/
    Exhibits Fails to include required supporting materials or documentation; and may include irrelevant addenda. Generally supports claims with properly cited material; and may omit occasional supporting documentation or material. Generally supports claims with properly cited material; and may omit occasional supporting documentation or material. Includes thorough documentation or citation as necessary; supports all claims within either text or appendix; and properly labels/identifies outside material.
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    Presentation/
    Document design Distracts reader with errors or inconsistencies in formatting. Proper formatting is missing at some places and there are errors or inconsistencies. Mostly includes proper formatting and limits errors or inconsistencies. Includes proper formatting of margins, spacing, indentation, etc; and typeface and use of emphasis are appropriate to task.
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