Project Assessment Guidelines

Your project will be evaluated on several factors, including how well the project actually integrates what you are expected to have learned in your core courses, and how well the completed project meets the objectives identified for the project. Both the written report and the presentation are evaluated. Moreover, the project assessment will account for the scope and quality of your project as follows:

  • Scope of the work. The project has to be of a reasonable scope as agreed upon with the committee members. At a minimum, the project should address a problem or a research problem of perceived importance, utilize and integrate theoretical concepts and state of the art technologies to address, and demonstrate that their deliverables successfully address the problem under consideration.
  • Quality of the work. Quality applies to the quality of the delivered artifact (or research methodology), the quality of the written report, and the quality of the final presentation. It is paramount that students should strive to showcase their skills by delivering projects of superior academic quality.

In general, the committee members will evaluate the project using the following guidelines:



Key Features

Excellent (A)

Excellent work. Logical; enlightening; originality of thought or approach; good coverage of topic; clear, in-depth understanding of material; good evidence of outside reading/research; very well written and directed.

Original; significant scope; exceptional quality; well-directed independent thought.

Very Good (B)

Very Good work. Logical; thorough; factually sound (no serious errors); good understanding of material; evidence of outside reading/research; exercise of critical judgment; some issues with writing and presentation.

Essentially correct and complete. Some issues with writing and presentation.

Good (C)

Good work. Worthy effort, but undistinguished outcome. Essentially correct, but possibly missing important points. Largely derived from material delivered in the program, but with some evidence of outside reading/research; some evidence of critical judgment. Significant weaknesses in expression/ presentation.

Missing important points; significant weaknesses in presentation.

Marginal Fail (D)

Inadequate work. Incomplete coverage of topic; evidence of poor understanding of material; poor presentation; lack of coherent argument.

Significant weaknesses, but serious effort.

Fail (F)

Unsatisfactory work. Serious omissions; significant errors/misconceptions; poorly directed at targets; evidence of inadequate effort.

Little or no achievement of learning outcomes. A detailed project evaluation form is also available.

Last Updated: 3/1/12