A student’s life is complicated by many communication barriers (intrapersonal, interpersonal, semantic and physical). Do you agree/disagree?

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Communication Strategies

Part A

For the first part of this assignment, you are required to do an essay plan. This plan is for your whole essay (Part B). See Part B below for assignment topics.

1. Write the topic at the top of the page.

2. Write your thesis in the middle of page.

3. Develop topic sentences (main idea for each body paragraph and put into the rectangles. (Note the first topic sentence on the plan will be the basis for the first body paragraph in Part B of this assignment). Remember, use sentences, not phrases or headings. They should reflect a stance that supports your thesis.

4. Include supporting points under the topic sentences.

5. Once you�ve completed the topic sentences and supporting points, number them in the paragraph order you will be using in the essay.

6. Please see module 1 for an example of a plan.

Part B.
Write a 1500 word essay on “A student’s life is complicated by many communication barriers (intrapersonal, interpersonal, semantic and physical)”. Do you agree/disagree?

This is a communication course so it is important that your discussion of the topic is written from a communication perspective.

NOTE: A list of references is required (not a bibliography). This should be included on a separate page at the end of your essay. There should be a minimum of 5 references in your list of references and you can use either Harvard or APA.

GENERAL TIPS FOR YOUR ESSAY PLAN & ESSAY:

Use the modules to become familiar with the topic, but avoid using them in the essay.
�Use 5 (minimum) or more different sources.
�You can use either Harvard or APA referencing styles.
�Avoid using web pages.
�Use academically credible sources.
�Try EBSCO host for journal articles.

Please do not use internet sources unless they are credible academic sources.

Marking criteria for assignment 2: Essay Plan & 1500 word Essay

Length of essay (Part B): 1500 words

Student name: ______________________________Student number: ____________________

 

Sophisticated Highly Competent Fairly Competent Not Yet Competent  
1.      ESSAY PLAN – Your essay plan equates to 10 % of your Assignment 2 result. /10
  The essay plan provides a very clear and accurate direction for the author to base their essay on (and/or…) The essay plan provides a good direction for the author to base their essay on (and/or…) The essay plan provides some direction for the author to base their essay on. The essay plan is confusing and did not address the essay questions effectively. A lot of missing content.  
  Topic sentences/ supporting points and evidence in the form of dot points, are presented. Topic sentences/ supporting points and evidence are listed although there is some awkwardness in connections. Topic sentences/ supporting points and evidence are presented however connections made did not provide a clear direction for the author of the essay (and/or…)

 

Some detail is missing

There was no essay plan submitted.   

 

 

 

 

 

The criteria below relates to your final 1500 word essay
1500 WORD –  FINAL ESSAY 
1.      Content /60
 Clear focus on topic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/15

The essay represents the authors’ arguments, evidence and conclusions accurately, fairly and eloquently. Demonstrates a firm understanding of the implications of the author’s arguments (and/or…) The essay represents the author’s arguments, evidence and conclusions accurately (and/or…) 

 

The essay represents the authors’ arguments, evidence and conclusions accurately though not sufficiently clearly (and/or…) 

There are minor inaccuracies (and/or…)

The essay misrepresents the authors’ arguments, evidence, and/or conclusions.  
The essay successfully integrates all relevant parts from various places into a coherent whole. The connections between the parts are clear and insightful. The paper integrates most relevant parts from various places into a mostly coherent whole. The connections between the parts are generally clear. The paper integrates some parts from various places into a somewhat coherent whole. The connections between the parts are somewhat unclear. The parts to be integrated are not clear and/or relevant. The connections between the parts are unclear.
 Logical argument developed (without fallacies – see Module 4)

 

 

 

 

/10

The essay shows evidence of evaluation of the argument in question. There appears to have been some checking for adherence to various standards (validity, soundness, etc.), and checking for informal fallacies. The essay evaluates the argument in question by checking for adherence to various standards (validity, soundness, etc.), and checking for informal fallacies. The essay evaluates the argument in question by checking only the truth of the premises and/or the conclusion, and does not go beyond checking for informal fallacies. The essay evaluates the argument in question by whether the author agrees or disagrees with the conclusion or a premise. Arguments are based on personal opinion and assumptions.  

 

 

 

 

 Accuracy, depth and understanding of content

 

/15

The essay goes beyond the assignment to explore the implications of arguments or evidence in a particularly thoughtful, insightful, and/or original ways.

 

The essay addresses the parameters of the assignment but does not exceed them.

 

The essay does not address some aspects of the assignment. The essay does not address the assignment.  
 Evidence of relevant research/theory base in body of essay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/10

The essay contains a highly accurate and precise description of the issue or problem, along with a careful consideration of possible alternatives or solutions. The paper contains relevant examples, and indicates the salient issues the examples highlight (and/or…) The description of the problem or issue is fairly accurate and precise, and possible alternatives or solutions are considered. Examples are given, but similar examples may have been better  (and/or…) The description of the problem or issue is fairly accurate but not precise, and possible alternatives or solutions are either not considered, or ill-described. Examples are given, but it is not made clear how they are relevant (and/or…) The description of the problem or issue is inaccurate, and possible alternatives or solutions are not considered. Examples are not provided  (and/or…)  

 

 

 

Examples are original, relevant, insightful, and well-used. Examples are original, relevant, and well-used. Examples are unoriginal, only somewhat relevant, and/or not well-used. Examples are missing, irrelevant and/or misused.
 Research/theory information analysed, interpreted and applied

 

/10

This essay shows a nuanced grasp of communication theory and the sophisticated ability to apply these principles. This essay demonstrates a good grasp of communication theory but some awkwardness application. The essay demonstrates a somewhat shaky grasp of communication theory. The essay inconsistently presents communication theory (i.e. it makes or fails to challenge assumptions.)  

 

2.        Structure /10
Introduction The Introduction provides the reader with a clear sense of the nature of evidence that will follow and successfully breaks the argument, issue, or problem into relevant parts.  The connections between the parts within the Introduction – (Background, thesis statement & outline) are clear and highly accurate (and/or…)  The Introduction clearly identifies a demonstrable central argument. The paper successfully breaks the argument, issue, or problem into relevant parts within the Introduction – (Background, thesis statement & outline). The connections between the parts are fairly accurate (and/or…) 

 

The Introduction presents a central argument that is demonstrable, though not stated sufficiently clearly.(and/or…) The paper breaks the argument, issue, or problem into parts, but some parts may be missing or unclear. The connections between the parts are somewhat accurate (and/or…)

 

The Introduction does not have a discernible central argument (and/or…) The parts identified are not the correct and/or relevant ones. The connections between the parts are completely inaccurate (and/or…) 

 

Leads the reader smoothly and logically into the body of the paper. Gives the reader a reasonably good sense of the nature of evidence that will follow. Does not guide the reader into the body of the paper (and/or…) 

There is awkwardness in the presentation of ideas.

The argument is not demonstrable (and/or…) 

The Background and Outline are difficult to decipher.

 

Paragraphs in the body  Evidence used to support the central point (topic sentences) are rich, detailed and well chosen.(and/or…)

 

Evidence used to support the central point (topic sentences) are well chosen, though not particularly rich or detailed.(and/or…)

 

Connection between argument and evidence is not clearly articulated in all cases.(and/or…)

 

Organization of the body of the essay can only be discerned with effort (and/or…)

 

Evidence used within the body paragraphs does not clearly support the main argument.(and/or…)

 

Organization of the body paragraphs as a whole is not logical or discernIble.

The connection between argument and evidence is clearly and compellingly articulated in all cases. Every paragraph makes one distinct and coherent point, expressed in a clear topic sentence; the parts of each paragraph connect logically and persuasively, and internal transitions are smooth. The connection between argument and evidence is clearly articulated. Every paragraph makes one distinct and coherent point and, for the most part, the parts of each paragraph connect logically and effectively. Not all body paragraphs are effectively integrated.In a number of paragraphs, there is not a distinct or coherent point.

(and/or)

 

Topic sentences are missing or unclear in a number of paragraphs.

 

Conclusion Elegantly synthesizes and reframes key points from the essay (and/or…) 

 

Synthesizes and brings closure effectively but some detail is missing (and/or…) 

 

Introduces new material (and/or…) 

 

Is missing or cursory.
Relevant and central to the argument, and brings closure (and/or…) 

There is no new material introduced

 

The author uses the conclusion to tie up some loose ends, but combines this with a restatement of the introduction. The conclusion is merely a restatement of the introduction.
3.        Mechanics /12
  Sophisticated use of expression, spelling, punctuation (and/or…) 

 

There are some minor spelling or grammatical errors (and/or…)  There are a number of spelling and grammatical errors.(and/or) The essay wording is imprecise or ambiguous.(and/or…)  
  There are no incomplete or run-on sentences and the vocabulary (tone and style) is consistent the academic writing genre. Sentence structure is consistently clear and lucid (and/or…) There are few incomplete or run-on sentences and some choices in vocabulary (tone and style) are inconsistent with the academic writing genre. Sentence structure is mostly clear (and/or…) There are number of incomplete or run-on sentences and choices in vocabulary (tone and style) are inconsistent with the academic writing genre. Sentence structure is often confusing.(and/or…)

 

Sentence structure is consistently confusing and it is difficult to decipher any legible arguments.  
  Wording is precise and unambiguous (and/or…) 

There are virtually no spelling or grammatical errors.

The essay is for the most part, precisely worded and unambiguous. Wording is imprecise or ambiguous fairly often.  
4.        Academic demands /6
  Quotes are all properly attributed and cited (and/or…) 

Quotations are all framed effectively in the text (i.e. integrated properly in terms of both grammar and meaning) and explicated where necessary (and/or…)

 

Quotes are all properly attributed and cited (and/or…) 

 

In a few places, quotes are not attributed and cited (and/or…) 

 

Quotes are frequently not attributed or improperly cited (and/or…)   

 

 

 

  The referencing system is correct (and/or…) 

There are an appropriate range of sources in the list of references

There are a few minor errors in referencing (and/or…) 

Quotations are framed effectively in the text.

There are a number of errors in referencing (and/or…) 

Quotations are not framed effectively in the text.

The choice of reference material is inappropriate to the task
5.        Presentation /2
  Paper is clean and appropriately formatted with margins and either 1.5 or double line spacing. Student has selected Times New Roman or Arial fonts either in size 11 or 12. Page numbers are evident. A few minor errors in formatting. There are a number of errors in formatting. No formatting is evident. The essay is single line spaced. There are no clear paragraphs and it is difficult to decipher content.  

 

 

 

 

  

TOTAL:

  

/100

 

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