Executive Summaries in Industry Expert Seminars
It is easy to recognise a good summary when one reads one, but it is difficult to specify the marking scheme precisely.
I use the following guideline in my marking.
It is a very demanding job to summarize a lecture in 400 words. Difficulty in this task is reflected in the marking scheme below.
- 0-9% Something submitted, but it is incomprehensible; there is some effort
- 10-19% Report difficult to read, student confused, but good effort shown
- 20-29% Report difficult to read but readable, student slightly confused, but good effort shown
- 30-39% Poor presentation, student confused, but report make some sense; good effort shown
- 40-49% Presentation may be weak, student may be confused, but good effort; report capture some of the key points in the lecture
Note: 50% is pass mark for postgraduate modules. A summary would fail if it is poorly presented, or the report is incomprehensible
- 50-59% Weak report, but cover some of the key points, albeit plain and disorganised; weak English tolerated
- 60-69% Good effort, most key points summarised, report is organized; flaws tolerated
Note: 70% is distinction mark. A distinction summary must have something *special*
Essential quality: The presentation must look professional; it must be readable and spell checked.
Something special must be present, e.g.: The author has:
- summarises all the key points in the lecture (which shows good understanding and the ability to drop irrelevant things),
- provided meaningful interpretation on the topic,
- intelligently selected material to prune and include, or
- organised the speaker's ideas to make it easy to read.
- 70-79% as specified above
- 80-89% Something more special, e.g. insightful interpretations are provided
- 90-100% Professional summary, easy to read, main points summarised, insightful interpretations
The above advice is given by
Edward Tsang; last updated 2018.03.02