Topic Choices & Grading Criteria For Term Essay

07/09/2012 12:34

Essays must be a minimum of three double-spaced pages, and be as long as you like. Don't use anything larger than a 12- point font.

 

Choose one of the following as a final paper for this class, to be turned in any time before the Final Exam. Feel free to discuss with me, or ask questions,  throughout the length of the course. I will gladly comment on early drafts to help you make this the best paper possible; being able to express yourself clearly in writing is a vital skill.

 

Choice One - The Perfect Job Opportunity

Imagine that your instructor is the person (hiring manager) able to decide whether or not to hire you for the professional position you most desire. You are one of the final three candidates for the job. In order to make the best decision possible, the hiring manager requests an expanded letter from all candidates describing why they are the best candidates for the job. In order to do this successfully, on the top of the page, describe the position for which you are applying (it can be any position you dream of.) In the paragraphs to follow, describe exactly why YOU are the best person for the job - and why you should be permitted this opportunity.

Describe what you bring to the position, what you are able to do and understand about the position and the environment in which it operates, etc.

 

Choice Two - The Evolution of Leadership

As we have seen studying the evolution of management, good managers adapt to the requirements of the times. Given what  you have learned in the class, is there a particular type of management style you believe will be particularly effective in a professional area that interests you?  Defend your choice, whatever you believe. Be sure to offer  your thoughts about what you think a good leader is generally.  What characteristics make any leader effective? Can anyone manage anywhere, at any time? Are great leaders "born or made"?

 

Choice Three - My Success Plan

You have a business idea, and want to be an entrepreneur. Using what you have learned in MGMT 303, define the steps you can take to launch your business when you are ready.  You do not need to do everything at once, but you do need to  include in your plan references to the steps that are likely to lead to success. (in other words, you don't have to do a SWOT analysis for this, but you would include that as part of what you need to do). As you work on the basic plan, consider the following: What is the product or service? Who will you be selling it to? What makes it different?  Think about what else is important  to include in your Success Plan.

 

Essay Grading Criteria – Courtesy of Dr. Porto

 

Qualities & Criteria

Poor (0-80)

Good (80-90)

Excellent (90-100)

Format/Layout

  • Presentation of the text
  • Structuring of text
  • Follows requirements of length, font and style

(Weight 10%)

Follows poorly the requirements related to format and layout.

Follows, for the most part, all the requirements related to format and layout. Some requirements are not followed.

Closely follows all the requirements related to format and layout.

Content/Information

  • All elements of the topics are addressed
  • The information is technically sound
  • Information based on careful research
  • Coherence of information

(Weight 50%)

The essay is not objective and addresses poorly the issues referred in the proposed topic. The provided information is not necessary or not sufficient to discuss these issues.

The essay is objective and for the most part addresses with an in depth analysis most of the issues referred in the proposed topic. The provided information is, for the most part, necessary and sufficient to discuss these issues.

The essay is objective and addresses with an in depth analysis all the issues referred in the proposed topic. The provided information is necessary and sufficient to discuss these issues.

Quality of Writing

  • Clarity of sentences and paragraphs
  • No errors and spelling, grammar and use of English
  • Organization and coherence of ideas

(Weight 25%)

The essay is not well written, and contains many spelling errors, and/or grammar errors and/or use of English errors. The essay is badly organized, lacks clarity and/or does not present ideas in a coherent way.

The essay is well written for the most part, without spelling, grammar or use of English errors. The essay is for the most part well organized, clear and presents ideas in a coherent way.

The essay is well written from start to finish, without spelling, grammar or use of English errors. The essay is well organized, clear and presents ideas in a coherent way.

References and use of references (depending on topic choice – if not relevant, the weighting will be divided between quality  @ 8% and writing and content @ 7%).

  • Scholarly level of references
  • How effective the references are used in the essay
  • Soundness of references
  • APA style in reference list and for citations

(Weight 15%)

Most of the references used are not important, and/or are not of good/scholarly quality. There is not a minimum of 4 scholarly resources, and/or they are not used effectively in the essay. References are not effectively used, and/or correctly cited and/or correctly listed in the reference list according to APA style.

Most of the references used are important, and are of good/scholarly quality. There is a minimum of 4 scholarly resources that are for the most part used effectively in the essay. Most of the references are effectively used, correctly cited and correctly listed in the reference list according to APA style.

All the references used are important, and are of good/scholarly quality. There is a minimum of 4 scholarly resources that are used effectively in the essay. All the references are effectively used, correctly cited and correctly listed in the reference list according to APA style.

Overriding criterion: 0riginality and authenticity. If the essay is identified as not being original, and/or not done by the student, the instructor has the right to grade the paper as an F.

 

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