Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Learning Outcomes

 
Undergrad: 7     Masters:
7: Outcome description:
Students will demonstrate knowledge of grammar, spelling, punctuation and syntax and can apply Associated Press style to their news stories in a manner acceptable by a professional news outlet.

Grammar Component
4
Excellent
3
Good
2
Fair
1
Poor
0
Unacceptable
  • No more than two grammar errors and no more than two AP style errors on this quiz; and

  • No significant errors were edited into the sentences on the quiz, such as changing a fact, misspelling a name or compounding a grammar or style mistake; and

  • The errors on this quiz made were not so serious that they would change the meaning of the statement or confuse the reader; and

  • The quiz shows the student is prepared for upper-level journalism classes and could handle proof-reading duties at a small publication or website with his or her current skills.

  • No more than four grammar errors and no more than 10 total errors (including style) on this quiz; and

  • No significant errors were edited into the sentences on the quiz, such as changing a fact, misspelling a name or compounding a grammar or style mistake; and

  • The errors on this quiz made were not so serious that they would change the meaning of the statement or confuse the reader; and

  • The quiz shows the student has a strong grasp of grammar and is developing a good sense of AP style.

  • No more than seven grammar errors and no more than 14 total errors on the quiz; and

  • No significant errors were edited into the sentences on the quiz, such as changing a fact or misspelling a name; and

  • The errors on this quiz made were not so serious that they would change the meaning of the statement or confuse the reader; and

  • The quiz shows the student has an acceptable understanding of the rules of grammar and AP style for a beginning reporting class but will still need work to reach a professional level.

  • No more than 10 grammar errors and no more than 20 total errors on the quiz; or

  • A significant error was edited into the quiz, such as a changed fact or a misspelled name; or

  • The errors made on this quiz would have changed the meaning of the statement or confused the reader; and

  • The quiz shows the student has remedial work to do on grammar and will need to improve his or her knowledge of AP style to be successful in future journalism classes or in a professional newsroom.

  • More than 20 errors on the quiz, including 10 grammar errors; or

  • A significant error was edited into the quiz, such as a changed fact or a misspelled name; or

  • The errors made on this quiz would have changed the meaning of the statement or confused the reader; and

  • The quiz shows the student does not understand basic rules of grammar and has not learned enough AP style to be successful in the College of Journalism or in a professional newsroom.

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