- The article summary should tell what the article argues, what evidence is used to back up the argument, and how it relates to other academic discussion on this topic.
- Your conclusion can summarise what you think are the key contributions, if any, of the article.
- You should also ask one leading question in at the end of summary to encourage debate.
- Listing your references – a minimum of 2-3 academic sources from the suggested material attached in the files.
Assessment will be based on your:
- Quality and appropriateness of literature chosen
- Ability to accurately identify and summarise the key argument/s the author/s make
- Capacity to apply, relevant knowledge and concepts
- Logical structure
- Coherence and depth of argument/conclusions/ question
- Recognition of relevant ethical, social and cultural implications
- Ability to communicate and debate ideas
- Clarity of written expression
- Ability to summarise in your own words, without excessive quoted material
- Referencing prowess i.e using the Harvard referencing system consistently and accurately
Rubric for article summary
|Needs major/some improvement to pass||Satisfactory but some problems||Good||Very good to excellent|
|Literature||Application and/or comprehension of literature not demonstrated.||Use of literature is adequate but could be improved.||Use of literature demonstrates effort and understanding.||Literature chosen well and crafted insightfully.|
|Structure – oral Logical structure and coherence of argument/conclusions||The argument does not flow very well.||The argument is clear.||The argument is well structured and integrated.||Superior argument, clearly articulated.|
|Structure – written Logical structure and coherence of argument/conclusions||The argument does not flow very well.||The argument is clear.||The argument is well structured and integrated.||Superior argument, clearly articulated.|
|Expression – oral Clarity of communication||The presentation is unclear and makes it difficult to ascertain meaning.||The presentation is generally fine, but with some communication problems.||The presentation was easy to follow.||Clear and sophisticated presentation.|
|Expression – written Clarity of communication||The expression is unclear and makes it difficult to ascertain meaning.||The expression is generally fine, but with some errors.||The expression is easy to follow.||Clearly written and sophisticated summary.|
|Originality of work||The work borrows too much from sources/excessive use of quotes etc.||The work is a mixture of original and unoriginal passages.||The work synthesises the findings of a range of sources into an original argument.||A sophisticated synthesis of an impressive literature with original insights.|
|Recognition of relevant ethical, social and cultural implications||The work does not show recognition of these issues.||The work shows partial recognition of these issues.||The work shows significant recognition of these issues.||The work shows highly significant recognition of these issues.|
|Referencing – written||Absent or poor referencing. You can lose marks for this because it affects the veracity of all other criteria.||Referencing generally OK, but some mistakes.||Flawless referencing.|