BU113: Critical Thinking and Communication in Business

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3 (3.9-3.0)

2 (2.9-2.0) 1 (1.9-1.0) Comments
Time Limit Whole group presentation is exactly within the allotted time frame.  Whole group presentation is within 1 minute +/- of allotted time. Whole group presentation is within 2 minutes +/- of allotted time. Whole group presentation is 3 or more minutes above or below the allotted time.  
Collaboration Presenters worked as part of a team, introducing team, providing effective transitions to next/previous speaker or making references to previous/next topics. Evidence of team work; introductions and transitions to next/previous speaker or topics made for the most part Some evidence of team work; some some elements of introduction and/or transitions to next/previous speaker or topics No evidence of team work; no introductions/ made to next/previous speaker or topics  
Organization Strong and engaging introduction provides overview of presentation; presentation supports introduction; effective transitions to the next topic/point; conclusion reinforces main points. Mostly effective introduction or overview of presentation; conclusion appropriate; some transitions to the next topic/point. Some overview is given; connection between introduction and presentation is sometimes unclear; conclusion is limited OR no introduction/overview or no conclusion; transitions to next topic/point mostly missing. Introduction does not give overview; no transitions to the next topic/point; organization is unclear, or presentation ends without conclusion.  
Content / Preparedness Content throughout the presentation is well-researched and presented succinctly; presentation is well-prepared and has obviously been rehearsed. Content is presented succinctly for the most part.  Research and preparation are evident. Content shows problems with research and succinct presentation; more preparation of the material is necessary. Presentation of content is disjointed and incoherent;  little evidence of preparation.  
Evidence /
Main ideas are presented with depth and effectively supported with facts, vivid details, and engaging examples.  All key elements are included. Several sources (3 +) are used, mentioned, and cited. Main ideas are supported with appropriate facts, examples, and details. One or two key elements may be missing; 2-3 sources are used, mentioned, and cited. Some main ideas are supported with facts, examples, or details. More than two key elements are missing; only 1-2 sources are used OR mentioned/cited inappropriately. Main ideas are unclear; facts, examples, and details are lacking or fail to support ideas; presentation lacks several key elements or contains inaccuracies; no sources are used/mentioned/cited.  
Speaking Skills / Voice


Poised, clear articulation/pronunciation; proper volume, speaking rate, and pauses.  Presenters show enthusiasm through emphasis. Clear articulation/pronunciation but not as polished; volume, rate, and pauses mostly appropriate.  Presenters' show of enthusiasm through emphasis is adequate. Some mumbling; uneven rate and volume; some enthusiasm and emphasis Volume too high or too low; rate too  fast / slow;  speakers seemed uninterested and used monotone; articulation/pronunciation often not clear  
  (grammar, vocabulary, summarizing/ paraphrasing)
Presenters effectively explain content-specific terms and concepts and are easy to follow.  Presenters summarize or paraphrase source material; answer questions confidently and completely. Presenters use content-specific terms and concepts and are easy to  follow.  Most source material is summarized or paraphrased; questions answered. Presenters use mostly general terms or use informal language; some source material may not be summarized or paraphrased; some difficulty answering questions. Presenters use no content-specific terms, speak in informal language, or are difficult to follow OR do not summarize or paraphrase source material; answers to questions are incorrect or incomplete.  

(Non-verbal communication & appearance)
Presenters communicate interest in topic with energy and poise, maintain eye contact with audience, use facial expressions and gestures effectively; posture and appearance convey confidence and credibility. Presenters communicate interest in topic, maintain eye contact for the most part, use appropriate facial expressions, gestures, and posture.  Appearance is appropriate. Presenters have difficulty communicating interest in topic and maintaining eye contact.  Some facial expressions, gestures, posture, or appearance may not be appropriate. Presenters do not communicate interest in topic; maintain little eye contact; do not use facial expressions and gestures effectively; inappropriate posture and/or appearance.  
Visuals Visuals are attractive and effectively enhance the presentation; graphs and tables illustrate important points effectively; graphics are theme/topic-related.  Most visuals are attractive; graphs and tables generally enhance the presentation; graphics are theme/topic-related. Visuals (graphics, graphs and tables) could have been used more effectively to support the content of the presentation.  Visuals do not include graphs or tables to support the presentation; graphics are unattractive,  detract from the content of the presentation OR No theme/content-related graphics used  
Mechanics / Formatting Background, font formats (colors, size, type), and graphics significantly enhance the presentation; no misspellings or grammatical errors. Background, font formats, and graphics generally support the readability and content of the presentation; only 1-2 misspellings or grammatical errors Some interference of background, font formats, or graphics with readability and content of the presentation; several misspellings or grammatical errors. Background, font formats, or graphics make reading and understanding the material difficult OR detract from the presentation; many misspellings or grammatical errors.  
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2005: Christine Bauer-Ramazani; last updated: January 12, 2015