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Guidelines for marking essays, literature reviews, critical analyses and other assignments

Class

Mark

Marking guidelines

Distinction


1) Narrative is both logical and coherent

2) Deep understanding of appropriate sources

3) Material well-selected and highly relevant, going beyond basic or ‘core’ materials

4) Strong evidence of original critical reflection and an analytical approach

Excellent Distinction

100

Assignment reaches an exceptional level of achievement that significantly exceeds the standards described by the above statements

Good Distinction

90

Assignment exceeds the standards described by the above statements

Solid Distinction

80

Assignment is well described by the above statements

Low Distinction

75

Assignment mostly meets the standards described by the above statements

Merit


1) Narrative is mostly logical and coherent

2) Good understanding of appropriate sources

3) Material well-selected and relevant for the most part    

4) Some evidence of original critical reflection and an analytical approach

Good Merit

68

Assignment exceeds the standards described by the above statements but does not meet the standards for a distinction

Solid Merit

65

Assignment is well described by the above statements

Low Merit

62

Assignment mostly meets the standards described by the above statements

Pass


1) Broadly logical and coherent narrative, but showing signs of structure breaking down

2) Clear understanding of appropriate sources, but somewhat superficial in scope

3) Material broadly relevant, but with evidence of irrelevant text    

4) Superficial evidence of original critical reflection and an analytical approach

Good Pass

58

Assignment exceeds the standards described by the above statements but does not meet the standards for a merit

Solid Pass

55

Assignment is well described by the above statements

Low Pass

52

Assignment mostly meets the standards described by the above statements

Marginal fail


1) Narrative suffers from illogical or incoherent passages

2) Limited understanding of appropriate sources

3) Material relevant in parts, but irrelevant text also present throughout    

4) Evidence of original critical reflection is lacking


48

Assignment exceeds the standards described by the above statements but does not meet the standards for a pass


45

Assignment is well described by the above statements


42

Assignment falls below the standards described by the above statements

Clear Fail


1) A minimally logical narrative, with incoherent structure throughout

2) No evidence that appropriate sources were understood

3) Material is almost entirely irrelevant to the topic


38

Assignment exceeds the standards described by the above statements but does not meet the standards for a marginal fail


32

Assignment is well described by the above statements


10

Assignment falls below the standards described by the above statements

Zero Marks

0

1) No psychology-related content.

Grade assignment decision rules

Note. If an assignment meets some of the descriptive criteria for a degree class (e.g. Merit), and some of the descriptive criteria for another degree class (e.g. Pass), it is at the discretion of the marker where to assign the grade (i.e. somewhere in the Merit or Pass range).

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