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Oral Contributions to Tutorials and Seminars

The following criteria are applied when assessing general oral contributions to classes:

      -Coherence: clear and audible speech; development of argument in clear steps; consideration of possible counter-arguments.


      -Relevance: focus on the points at issue, avoiding wandering from the subject at hand; use of pertinent examples.


      -Conciseness: making points with appropriate brevity.


      -Awareness of others: a good oral contributor does not dominate proceedings, but contributes to the generation of discussion between the various members of the class.


      -Maintenance of interest: enthusiasm for subject; appropriate level of detail; engagement with other members of the class.


      -Answering questions: understanding the question and answering directly.


      -Raising questions: seeing issues raised by discussion; clarity of formulation of questions; relating them to statements made by other members of class.


      -Awareness of historical issues: consideration of relationship with key themes of course; capacity to show how specific topic fits in with wider historical area.


      -Awareness of historiographical issues: mastery of secondary literature; awareness of any relevant debates; contextualisation of any original ideas being put forward.


      -Relating to other relevant topics: issues of comparison, including those beyond the focus of the course.


    -Accuracy: factual accuracy.
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