Marking Rubrics for PPG1007 Section I

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How assignments and participation will be assessed

The PPG1007 Syllabus states that for the two Briefing Note assignments:

“Each Note will be assessed on the quality of your research, your analytical and problem-solving skills, your ability to appropriately apply concepts covered in class to date, your creativity and the clarity and focus of your writing.”

and for the Minister’s Briefing assignment:

“The final written products to be submitted for marking by April 3 are the presentation deck and speaking notes, which each team will finalize after the simulated briefing. These products will be assessed on the quality and originality of your research, the rigour of your options and analysis and the clarity, focus and economy of your writing.”

The Syllabus states that, for Class Participation:

“Your grade will be based on your consistent, constructive and high quality contributions to seminar discussions and your demonstrated teamwork.”

Rubrics for marking in Section I of PPG1007 are consistent with, but more detailed than, the criteria noted above. They take account of Section I’s use of live cases with a real client as well as the class mission to “maximize student learning by working together to produce an impressive body of strategic advice on real implementation problems” and the use of concept comprehension quizzes to help prepare for class discussion. The PPG1007 Section I marking rubrics are listed below.

Students in Section I will receive a numbered mark rather than a letter grade for each assignment (e.g., 23 for Briefing Note 2; 11 for Participation) and the sum of these numbered marks will be converted to a final letter grade according to U of T policy described on the link above.

Briefing Note 1 (15%)
  • 3% consultation and research effort
  • 3% identifying the implementation challenges
  • 3% providing new information or ideas for the DG
  • 3% writing clarity, conciseness, and absence of typos
  • 1% sensitivity to wider audiences
  • 1% following format instructions, including filename
  • 1% look and feel of the briefing note
Briefing Note 2 (30%)
  • 5% consultation and research effort
  • 5% team contribution, including Meeting Deadlines in Team Projects
  • 5% identifying the implementation challenges and assessing the risks
  • 5% providing useful advice on implementation strategy
  • 5% clarity, conciseness, and absence of typos
  • 2% sensitivity to wider audiences
  • 2% Paying Attention to Instructions and Templates for the briefing note
  • 1% look and feel of the briefing note
Minister’s Briefing (40% – group mark)
  • 10% research effort and knowledge of the file including: social, economic, political, and fiscal context; stakeholder perspectives; previous initiatives; relevant comparators; potential alternatives; costs and feasibility; and relevant performance measures
  • 10% identifying the implementation challenges and assessing the risks
  • 10% providing useful advice on implementation strategy
  • 5% clarity, conciseness, and absence of typos
  • 2% sensitivity to wider audiences
  • 2% Paying Attention to Instructions and Templates for the presentation deck
  • 1% look and feel of the presentation deck

Note on the assessment of the oral presentation and interaction at the Week 11 class
The simulation in Week 11 is intended to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their skills in oral presentation to superiors and their ability to respond to questions on their analysis and recommendations. Section I will follow the practice in the other sections of PPG1007 in assigning approximately one fifth of the 40% to the team’s performance in the Week 11 class – i.e., to the quality of the oral presentation and the responses to questions from the simulated clients. This fifth will be assessed using essentially the same criteria as the assessment of the final PowerPoint deck so that one fifth of the mark for the first three bullets above will come from the oral presentation and interaction as will one fifth of the remainder. The marks for the oral assessment and interaction at the Week 11 class with thus be: 2% on demonstrated research effort and knowledge of the file; 2% on identifying challenges and assessing risks; 2% on usefulness of the advice; and 2% on clarity, conciseness, and sensitivity to wider audiences. The allocation of one fifth of the marks to the performance on in the Week 11 class can be justified even though three of the four real clients will not be in the room (and will have to rely on reading the PowerPoint decks after they receive an email from the instructor or from Anne Scotton just before or soon after the Week 12 class) because arguably the most crucial of the real clients, Anne Scotton, will be in the room and accompanied by two colleagues from the regional office, Lora Thacker and Rob St. Pierre.

Participation (15%)
  • 12% pre-class preparation demonstrated in concept comprehension quizzes
  • 3% contribution to group and class discussion, including oral briefs
Missing a class and late assignments
  • -2% missing a class without a valid reason emailed to the instructor
  • -3% of the value of the component (e.g., -3% x 30% = -0.9% in the case of Briefing Note 2) for the first full late day and -1% of the value of the component every day thereafter

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified 25 March 2018.