EME 807
Technologies for Sustainability Systems

12.8 Grading Rubric for the Final Proposal

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12.8 Grading Rubric for the Final Proposal

In EME 807, the course project activities will account for 50% of the total course grade. 30% of those 50 will be distributed over the preliminary submissions (topic description, outline, and technical review). The other 20% of the total 50 will be assigned to the final report, which will be graded independently as a final document. The following grading rubric will be used for grading the final report (based on 100 pt. scale):

Rubric for Final Proposal
Grading Criteria Low Grade (pt. range) Medium Grade (pt. range) High Grade (pt. range)
Technical background and benefits of technology (total 10 pts.) 0-3 pts
Description of the technology is missing the point or significantly underestimates the target.
4-7 pts
Acceptable presentation of the purpose of the assessed technology. Some of the aspects may need to be better supported. Section may be too long and information is excessive.
8-10 pts
Very clear presentation of the principle and the purpose of the assessed technology supported by sufficient technical data.
Environmental Impact Assessment (total 20 pts.) 0-9 pts
Environmental impact assessment is poor, too general, or does not use any metrics.
10-15 pts
Assessment is adequate but misses some points in lifecycle consideration. Metrics are defined, but not calculated for a real case scenario. 
16-20 pts
Environmental impact assessment uses a variety of metrics and taps into real-life data. Both positive and negative impacts are taken into consideration. The assessment has a clear reference to a baseline. 
Social and Economic Assessment (total 20 pts.) 0-9 pts
Economic viability is not well defined or not applied to any specific practical or hypothetical case. Social impact is not properly accounted.
10-15 pts
Simplified economic analysis. The key social impacts are discussed, but no metrics are used. Assessment is too generic and misses some local specifics.
16-20 pts
Economic analysis considers more than one scenario and uses several metrics to justify the project at a certain locale. Key social impacts are assessed.
Implementation Proposal (total 20 pts.) 0-9 pts
Implementation scenario is not clearly defined. Location for the project is too generic or misses key local factors.
10-15 pts
Implementation proposal is tied to a real case and takes into account the key local factors. Proposal has gaps and is poorly supported by facts and data
16-20 pts
Implementation proposal is based on strong argument and data. The scenario takes into account previous experience. Potential barriers are discussed. 
Presentation, logic, and critical thinking (total 20 pts.) 0-9 pts
Text is difficult to read, confusing, or poorly organized. Goals and motivation are unclear. Significant gaps in logic. Graphics (figures, tables) are not used or are not useful.
10-15 pts
Report is logically organized and easy to navigate. Goals are clearly stated and tied to the proposed ideas. The argument is not sufficiently conclusive or deep to justify the proposal.
16-20 pts
Report is logically organized and contains all required sections. Visual graphic tools are properly used. Goals and argument are compelling and fully support the implementation proposal. 
Data Search and References (total 10 pts.) 0-3 pts
Too few information sources are used. Lack of proper data sources makes the evaluation speculative. Citations are missing.
4-7 pts
Some aspects of technology are not sufficiently covered by search. Credibility of some sources is questionable. References are poorly formatted.
8-10 pts
A variety of sources searched, including both technical papers, media, and government documents. Amount of data is sufficient for evaluation. Citations are properly formatted.
Graphics (extra credit up to 5 pts.) Inclusion of originally prepared graphics –plots, flow diagrams, tables - to organize data and show connections within sustainability systems is highly encouraged. Clarity of visual tools makes difference in submission of reports and proposals and helps communicate information to stakeholders at all levels.