MA+P Grading Rubrics

MA+P projects are graded according to the following criteria:

  1. Conceptual Core
    1. Is the project’s thesis clearly articulated?
    2. Is the project productively aligned with one or more of the multimedia genres outlined in lab?
    3. Does the project effectively engage with the primary issues presented in the assignment?
  2. Research Competence
    1. Does the project display evidence of substantial research and thoughtful engagement with its subject?
    2. Does the project use a variety of types of sources (i.e., not just websites)?
    3. Does the project deploy more than one approach to its topic?
  3. Form and Content
    1. Do structural and formal elements of the project reinforce the conceptual core in a productive way?
    2. Are design decisions deliberate and controlled?
    3. Is the effectiveness of the project uncompromised by technical problems?
  4. Creative Realization
    1. Does the project approach its subject in creative or innovative ways?
    2. Does the project use media and design principles effectively?
    3. Does this project achieve significant goals that could not have been realized on paper?

MA+P Grading Policies

Grading Table

A
95-100

A-
90-94
Demonstrates a high degree of creative and critical thinking — a superior ability to organize, to analyze, and to integrate concepts and techniques with a very high degree of skill in their application. There is evidence of substantial research and thoughtful engagement with the course material; all work is properly sourced and cited. Structural and formal elements of the work reinforce the conceptual core in productive ways, design decisions are controlled and defensible, and work is uncompromised by technical problems. Projects show evidence of development based on feedback given during workshop sessions. All coursework meets submission guidelines and due dates.
B+
87-89

B
83-86

B-
80-82
Demonstrates an above average degree of creative and critical thinking — an ability to organize, to analyze, and to integrate concepts and techniques with skill in their application. There is evidence of solid research and engagement with course materials; all work is properly sourced and cited. Structural and formal elements of the work align with its conceptual core, design decisions are defensible, and work is generally uncompromised by technical problems. Projects show evidence of development based on feedback given during workshop sessions. Coursework meets submission guidelines and due dates.
C+
77-79

C
73-76

C-
70-72
Demonstrates some degree of creative and critical thinking — a satisfactory ability to integrate concepts and techniques. There is some evidence of research and engagement with course materials; all work is generally sourced and cited correctly. Structural and formal elements of the work are not fully aligned with its conceptual core, and work is generally uncompromised by technical problems. Projects show minimal evidence of development based on feedback given during workshop sessions. Coursework generally meets submission guidelines and due dates.

*C- grade does not meet the minimum passing quality for undergraduate credit (except in courses designated by a school or department to have a higher minimum standard for passing).
See University Catalogue under individual program requirements.

Attendance

Don’t miss class. If you must, please email your teaching staff and get notes from a classmate. This allows your instructors to engage with you intellectually rather than logistically. See the grading table above to assess the impacts of attendance on your semester grade.

Assignments

Coursework must be turned in on time. Late assignments will not receive feedback. All work is open to revision so it’s better to submit on time. See the grading table to assess the impacts of late work on your semester grade.

Fair Use and Citation

Statement on Fair Use

Fair use is a legal principle that defines certain limitations on the exclusive rights of copyright holders. MA+P projects are produced with fair use doctrines in mind using its four pillars: (1) the purpose and character of use, (2) the nature of the copyrighted work, (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole, and (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. Generally speaking, this means you must only use as much of a copyrighted work as is necessary to make your point, and you must cite your sources accordingly.

Citation Guidelines

We assert that work produced in our classes is covered under the Doctrine of Fair Use. In order to make this claim, however, all projects must include academically appropriate citations in the form of a References section, which covers all sources, in order to receive a passing grade. The References section is either included in the project itself or as a separate document, as appropriate. We follow the Kairos Journal of Rhetoric, Technology and Pedagogy style guide for citation purposes; Kairos uses a modified APA format, whose general guidelines and specific examples may be found here: http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/styleguide.html#apa

Computer Code

Computer code is often shared and reused. This is appropriate in a MA+P course unless otherwise directed by the assignment. If you do use code, you should attribute it. Please follow these protocols from MIT which call for placing a comment in one's code with a URL to the original source, a note if it was adapted, and the date of retrieval: https://integrity.mit.edu/handbook/writing-code