Rubrics Used in Marking and Grading Essay Content
(This is the current version of this policy document, which has been in effect for at least the past complete academic term. See older versions.)
The rubrics indicated here are employed by the Institute’s instructors and examiners when assessing essays submitted for module requirements or other assignments. You should become familiar with these rubrics so that you know what your instructors are expecting, and how they will mark your essays.
IMPORTANT NOTE: These rubrics are used to structure the grading of the content of your essay; it is expected that all submitted essays will conform to the essay requirements vis-a-vis length, plagiarism, format, approach, etc.; and that all references and citations will be formatted in accordance with our Style Guide. These rubrics inform the Mark Sheet that examiners will complete and return to you, along with your marked essay.
Academic Content in Orthodox Scope (70%)
This is the main content rubric, which examiners will use to assess whether your text demonstrates adequate learning on the module and an articulation of the Orthodox understanding of the material addressed, expressed in a manner commensurate with the level of study.
Points under this rubric are assessed based on whether the essay focuses on and answers the question(s) as assigned; the essay gives evidence of an understanding of and engagement with the materials covered in any assigned lectures, readings or other provision; the essay engages with the subject matter and materials at an appropriate higher-education level; the essay seeks to understand, examine and explore the subject matter from an Orthodox Christian perspective; the essay seeks a robust examination of its topic, including examination of various dimensions of an issue; the essay presents its contents and materials in a manner consonant with the Module Essays: Instructions, Expectations & Guidance document; etc.
Evidence of Independent Study (20%)
The essay gives clear evidence of independent further research, supplementing the core materials with additional reading, study, interaction or development.
This rubric expresses the nature of essays as assignments where students are expected to go beyond merely the assigned reading, exploring additional sources and resources in an independent manner. Essays that only refer to materials referred to in provided / assigned texts and lecture content will not earn high marks under this rubric; so refer to the Expectations & Guidance document for guidance on independent reading and research.
Written Style (10%)
Proper English usage commensurate to level of study; clean text gives evidence of proof-reading; grammar / spelling / punctuation; etc.
Essays are meant to be proof-read thoroughly before submission, and to be submitted clean of typos and spelling / grammatical errors. They are also expected to be formatted appropriately (double spaced, margins, covering sheet, etc.), as explained in the Expectations & Guidance document; and all sources cited properly, with footnotes and bibliography formatted according to the Style Guide. Not following these formatting guides will result in a lower mark.
Please note that while this rubric is 10% of the overall mark, excessive divergence from the formatting / style requirements may result in lower marks under the Academic Content in Orthodox Scope rubric as well.