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F19 RIS Rubric for Final Report Assignment

Student Rubric for Final Report Assignment – out of total 10 points
Writing (2 points max)
Level of
Poor Poorly written, confusing, with incorrect grammar or spelling. Paper
does not follow the format requirements or assignment description.
Good writing with little to no mistakes. Paper might have some
formatting errors.
Excellent Very well written, well argued, correct format
Format requirements:
● The paper should be typed, double-spaced, with one-inch margins, in Times New
Roman (12 point) font, and should be 7-9 pages long (not including title page,
bibliography, or appendices).
● Each section of the paper should follow length guidelines in the assignment description.
● Citations and bibliography should use APA format.
● If figures, pictures, tables, charts or graphs are included, they should be in the
● Remember to use the correct format for your integration subsections (refer to the
assignment description).
Assignment description:
● Paper was submitted on time.
● Paper should have the following clearly demarcated components: title page, introduction,
description of the enterprise, three points of integration, conclusion, bibliography
(appendices optional).
● Paper must address, in the integration section, at least one concept from each of the
following classes: BL300, MO300, TO313 (BCOM350 optional).
● Paper should have three integration subsections.
● Paper should cite at least five sources (students may cite information from course
lectures, but these citations will not count toward the five required citations).
Description of Enterprise (including problem to be solved) (3 points max)
Level of
Poor -​Does not describe the enterprise or does so using concepts
inaccurately, does not identify problem addressed, venture is not
Fair -Describes the enterprise briefly using minimal class concepts,
problem is somewhat clear, idea is in the realm of feasibility
-Describes the enterprise using class concepts satisfactorily,
identifies the problem and why they are addressing it, idea is
Excellent -Thoroughly describes the enterprise using class concepts, clearly
identifies the problem and why they are addressing it, idea is
feasible, mission of the company is briefly explained, strong
introduction and conclusion
This portion is graded based on the description of the current state of the organization, the
identification of the problem addressed by the venture and why, and the feasibility of the idea.
Integration Examples (5 points max)
This portion is the average grade on the 3 integration subsections of the paper. Each subsection
will be graded using the following rubric and then the scores for each subsection will be
averaged for the overall integration section grade.
Level of
Incorrect -Wrong application of a class concept
Related -Correctly mentioned related concepts across two or more subjects
-Lists the concepts and buzzwords but does not apply or explain
the connection
-Provides no solutions or overly simplistic solutions
-Acknowledges alternate, divergent or contradictory ideas
-Recognizes existing connections among ideas
-Provides sensible examples of how related concepts inform each
-Exhibits how the concepts are connected, gives example(s)
-Successfully adapts an appropriate exemplar
-Solutions or explanation of choices recognize some of the
implications of their decisions
-Considers and rejects less acceptable approaches
Complex -Finds further connections to another subject and implications that
are not immediately obvious
-Goes beyond the connection, shows how the decision was made
and why it is beneficial
-Recognizes and discusses in detail the ramifications of their
choices and provides a clear explanation of how they came upon a
final decision
-Develops a logical and consistent plan to solve the problem,
having selected from among alternatives
-Adapts to changing organizational needs
For the purpose of this assignment, “integration” means the ability to show how choices about
one aspect of an organization (e.g., its legal form; how its operations are organized) affect other
aspects of an organization (e.g., how people are recruited and compensated; organization
design) such that the parts “fit.” That is, students should show that they are connecting tools and
concepts taught across the RIS courses in a way that allows them to design a workable
enterprise to support the University of Michigan’s carbon neutrality goal.
A ​complex level​ of integration demonstrates a plausible understanding of how the parts of the
organization fit together nicely. For example, a high level of integration might show how the
value proposition and strategy shape the operations (perhaps described in terms of the “order
winner”) and the appropriate legal form (non-profit, LLC, C Corp, B Corp); how the operations
shape the choice of formal organization functional/divisional/matrix), the kind of talent to be
recruited (volunteers/interns; low-income local laborers; high-cost college grads with tech skills),
and how they would be compensated; and the culture and values would be articulated in a way
that gave coherence to the whole package. It is unrealistic to expect all aspects of the system
to fit together perfectly. However, students need to be able to 1) identify those elements that
will create conflict and why, 2) discuss and weigh possible options, and 3) justify why their final
choice is better than the alternatives.