Business Ethics Resource Center | Part 4
IV. Term paper Rubric:
Quick tips on writing business ethics papers are available from the Business Ethics Journal Review.
- If the paper isnâ€™t turned in through Tunitin, it will not be graded, and will be recorded as a zero!
- Your Turnitin duplication score MUST BE ZERO, or it will not be graded.
- READ ASAP: ALL THE WRITING TUTORIALS ON MY WEBSITE TUTORIAL PAGE.
- When you quote even part of a sentence from a source, it needs a citation and quote marks;
- Number the pages;
- Papers are graded on a 100 point basis;
- Please do NOT quote my original question from the topic list, because Turnitin will flag it as plagiarism. Just have a title!
- Term papers are 5-10 pages double spaced. Any paper short of the minimum will have points deducted.
- Term papers should have separate works cited pages, which do NOT count as part of the minimum. You should consult at least four sources, 2 pro, 2 con….. You donâ€™t have to choose a term paper topic from my list, but if you come up with your own topic, I need to approve it.
- Read your paper aloud to a friend or family member, or have them read it–if they canâ€™t follow it, probably I canâ€™t, either;
- Turn on the spell and grammar checkers on your word processing program;
- Try to write direct, easy to comprehend, and well-structured prose;
- Â demarcate paragraphs by indentation (fives spaces or tab once);
- Avoid words you donâ€™t really understand. Donâ€™t try to impress me with big words.
- Avoid run-on sentences, i.e., keep sentences of short to medium length.
- Remember to use Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com
- Below is a table of mistakes and points liable to be lost for them:
|Unapproved paper topic||Â Â -20 to -60 (if you pick a topic upon which I have lectured, or was the topic of a prior short paper, or if it is not relevant to the topic of the course).|
|Disorganized||Â Â -5 to -15|
|No separate title page||Â Â -5|
|No separate works cited page/bibliography||Â Â -5|
|Lack of citations||Â Â -5 to -10|
|No research/literature search||Â Â -25|
|Only one source (Desjardins or Bastiat, say)||Â Â -5 to -15 (depending upon your ideas)|
|Tendentious/one-sided||Â Â -15 to -20|
|Loaded language (question-begging epithets)||Â Â -5 to -15|
|Style/grammar/spelling||Â Â -5 to -15|
|No quote marks (if Turnitin shows passage borrowed)||Â Â -10 if cited for every case
***If NOT cited, it is plagiarism
|Excessive unnecessary quotation||Â -5 to -15|
|No Turnitin check||Â Â Not accepted (recorded as zero)|
|Short of minimum||Â Â -5 for every quarter page|
- Below is a table of comment codes and what they mean:
|Mark/word||What it means|
|A checkmark ( âˆš )||Â Good point/argument.|
|An “X”||Â Irrelevant/silly/patently false claim or argument|
|Â A “T” followed by a checkmark at top of the paper||Â No plagiarism detected by Turnitin.|
|“awk”||Â Your sentence is awkwardly phrased (try reading it aloud).|
|“uncl”||Â Your sentence or paragraph is unclear.|
|“word”||Â Wrong word to use in that context (look it up).|
|“sp”||Â Wrong word to use in that context (look it up).|
|“Grammar”||Â Ungrammatical sentence.|
|“run-on”||Â Run-on sentence.|
|Question mark||Â The statement is dubious, strange, contradictory, or out of place with the rest of the passage.|
|“frag”||Â Sentence fragment.|
|“means?”||Â What does this term/phrase/sentence mean?|
|“straw” (strawman)||Â You are distorting an opposing argument.|
|“circ” (circular)||Â You are using descriptions that build in a conclusion you need to argue for, or arguing in a circle.|