Energy Policy

Research Project: Critique Rubric (instructor use)


Critiquing a classmate's work is worth 13.5% of your grade over the course of the semester - (3) separate 2% critiques along the way and then your formal critique of their final Research Project submission, which is worth 7.5%

Critiques Along the Way

In order to gain full credit for the 3 critiquing assignments along the way, you should:

  • provide honest, meaningful, constructive input into your classmate's work
  • demonstrate that you've given their idea and work careful consideration and thought
  • present your work in a well-edited dialog on the ANGEL discussion forum as well as through editing with Track Changes in Microsoft Word

Formal Critique

Your formal critique of your classmate's finished Research Project is worth 7.5% of your total grade for the course. Below are the criteria on which your critique will be evaluated by the instructor. Notice that there are not point values associated with specific areas - the assignment is worth a total of 75 points. This lack of more structured point assignment is because each student's critique is going to be unique based on the project you are critiquing and the quality of that product.

It is important, however, that students address each of the following areas in their Critique.

Write your Critique bearing in mind that it will be shared with your classmate, and we will be discussing our thoughts about this process during the lesson that week.

The formal Critique must be completed and submitted as assigned.

Critique Grading Rubric
Criteria Description
Strength and Weakness Identification and Discussion Student scrutinizes the assigned project carefully and identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the project.
Student understands and discusses the economic, social, and environmental implications of the project.
Student demonstrates mastery of the implications of the policy's timetable, implementation plan, scale, goals and political context in which it was enacted/could be enacted.
External Opportunities and Threats Student discusses economic, political, and environmental realities that may have a positive or negative impact on the effectiveness of this type of policy instrument/implementation.
Mechanics The Critique itself should be well-written, succinct, and free of grammatical and other errors. It should offer ample suggestions for improvement and also highlight well-constructed components of the policy document.  Criticisms should be constructive in nature and at no point should the Critique take on a derogatory tone.