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Dr. George Corliss, MU EECE
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Communications Rubrics

 

 

 

Ability to Communicate Effectively
Oral Communication

 

  Level of Achievement
  1
Below expectations
2
Meets expectations
3
Exceeds expectations
Organization Audience has difficulty following presentation because of some abrupt jumps; some of the main points and conclusion are unclear. Satisfactory organization; clear introduction; main points are well stated, even if some transitions are somewhat sudden; clear conclusion. Superb organization; clear introduction; main points well stated and argued, with each leading to the next point of the talk; clear summary and conclusion.
Mechanics Boring slides; numerous mistakes; no real effort made into creating a truly effective presentation; poor participation of team members. Generally good set of slides; conveys the main points well. Adequate participation of team members. Very creative slides; carefully thought out to bring out both the main points as well as the subtle issues while keeping the audience interested. Excellent participation of team members.
Delivery Low voice, occasionally inaudible; some distracting filler words and gestures; pronunciation not always clear. Clear voice, generally effective delivery; minimal distracting gestures, but somewhat monotone. Natural, confident delivery that does not just convey the message but enhances it; excellent use of volume and pace.
Relating to audience Occasional eye contact with audience but mostly reads the presentation; some awareness of a least a portion of the audience; only brief responses to questions. Generally aware of the audience reactions; maintains good eye contact when speaking and when answering questions. Keeps the audience engaged throughout the presentation; modifies material on-the-fly based on audience questions and comments; keenly aware of audience reactions.

 

Ability to Communicate Effectively
Written Communication

 

 
Level of Achievement
  1
Below expectations
2
Meets expectations
3
Exceeds expectations
Style Text rambles, key points are not organized; spelling or grammar errors present throughout more than 1/3 of paper; style is inappropriate for audience; prescribed format is not followed. Articulates ideas; one or two grammar or spelling errors per page; prescribed format is followed. Articulates ideas clearly and concisely; presented neatly and professionally; grammar and spelling are correct; uses good professional style; and conforms to prescribed format.
Organization Material generally well organized, but paragraphs combine multiple thoughts or section / subsections are not identified clearly. Organizes material in a logical sequence to enhance reader's comprehension (paragraph structure, subheadings, etc.). Organizes material in a logical sequence to enhance reader's comprehension (paragraph structure, subheadings, etc.).
Use of graphs and tables Uses graphs, tables, diagrams, but only in a few instances are they used to support, explain, or interpret information; figures presented are flawed: axes mislabeled, no data points, etc. Uses graphs, tables, diagrams to support points; to explain, interpret, and assess information; figures are all in proper format. Uses graphs, tables, diagrams to support points; to explain, interpret, and assess information; figures are all in proper format.

 

Assessment rubric for ABET program learning outcome G, prepared by the Marquette University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2007.

 

 

 
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