CSS 263 Fall 2009 Grading Rubric
The following grading scheme will be used in evaluating your programs:

Correctness: 65%

Design and Coding Standards: 25%

Please refer to the "Design and Coding Standards" section of the syllabus for requirements.
Excellent (25 points)
The code adheres to all standards. The code is exceptionally well organized and very easy to follow. Comments are complete and useful; variables' purposes are clearly communicated by their names. Classes and their methods are appropriate; only necessary members are public. Etcetera.
Good (20 points)
There may be some minor failures to adhere to standards, for instance, indentation may be inconsistent, some lines may be too long, or a few variables may have unobvious names or be undocumented.
Acceptable (15 points)
There are some moderate violations of the standards. The code may be difficult to read in places, or some of the method comments may be sketchy. However, the code is still generally readable and there is enough commenting, good enough variable names, etc. that someone could still figure out what's going on without too much difficulty. Classes and methods are still generally appropriate, though there may be some violations of good design here and there.
Marginal (10 points)
There are major problems with the program's design or coding style that would interfere with its reuse or maintenance. File or method comments may be sketchy, variable descriptions or names may be unenlightening. The code may be poorly formatted. Having said that, there is still some value apparent in the code, perhaps in its overall decomposition into different classes and methods.
Poor (5 points)
Comments are generally missing. The code is difficult to read and its design is difficult to follow. Classes may include mixtures of different functionalities that don't belong together. However, it has at least one redeeming quality that could allow someone familiar with what it is supposed to do to understand some aspect of it.
Unacceptable (0 points)
The code is poorly designed and organized, with few or no useful comments. It is very difficult to read or understand.

Documentation: 10%

Excellent (10 points)
The documentation is well written and includes all required elements. It shows a thoughtful and complete analysis of the problem. The test plan is complete and was used to good effect to validate program operation; it accurately matches actual program functionality.
Marginal (5 points)
Some major aspect of the documentation is missing or sketchy. It may be clear that it was written after the program was developed, rather than before. The test plan may be inadequate, it may not have been used to test the program, or it may not match actual program operation to some extent.
Unacceptable (0 points)
The documentation was either not submitted or is largely lacking in substance. It may be obvious that it was hurriedly written just before the program was submitted. It would not be very useful for either understanding what the program is supposed to do or what it actually does.