Professor Gary Jason, PhD | Business Ethics Resource Center | Part 4

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 isn’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.
  • 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  • Please do NOT quote my original question from the topic list, because Turnitin will flag it as plagiarism.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 don’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 can’t follow it, probably I can’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;
  •  demarcate paragraphs by indentation (fives spaces or tab once);
  • Avoid words you don’t really understand. Don’t try to impress me with big words.
  • Avoid run-on sentences, i.e., keep sentences of short to medium length.
  • Remember to use and
  • Below is a table of mistakes and points liable to be lost for them:
Problem Points Deducted
Unapproved paper topic    -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    -5 to -15
No separate title page    -5
No separate works cited page/bibliography    -5
Lack of citations    -5 to -10
No research/literature search    -25
Only one source (Desjardins or Bastiat, say)    -5 to -15 (depending upon your ideas)
Tendentious/one-sided    -15 to -20
Loaded language (question-begging epithets)    -5 to -15
Style/grammar/spelling    -5 to -15
No quote marks (if Turnitin shows passage borrowed)   -10 if cited for every case
***If NOT cited, it is plagiarism
Excessive unnecessary quotation   -5 to -15
No Turnitin check    Not accepted (recorded as zero)
Short of minimum   -5 for every quarter page
  • Below is a table of comment codes and what they mean:
Mark/word What it means
A checkmark ( √ )  Good point/argument.
An “X”  Irrelevant/silly/patently false claim or argument
 A “T” followed by a checkmark at top of the paper  No plagiarism detected by Turnitin.
“awk”  Your sentence is awkwardly phrased (try reading it aloud).
“uncl”  Your sentence or paragraph is unclear.
“word”  Wrong word to use in that context (look it up).
“sp”  Wrong word to use in that context (look it up).
“Grammar”  Ungrammatical sentence.
“run-on”  Run-on sentence.
Question mark  The statement is dubious, strange, contradictory, or out of place with the rest of the passage.
“frag”  Sentence fragment.
“means?”  What does this term/phrase/sentence mean?
“straw” (strawman)  You are distorting an opposing argument.
“circ” (circular)  You are using descriptions that build in a conclusion you need to argue for, or arguing in a circle.

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