Table 4.

Grading rubric for the assignment

Characteristic (Point Value)Earned
System integration (50%)Systems and thermoregulatory strategy are compatible with each other as described in the final version of the animal for ____. All 5 systems (20) ____; 4 systems (15): ____; 3 systems (10) ____; 2 systems (5): ____; 1 or 0 systems (0): ________/20
The descriptions of compatibility explain why they work together:____/30
____ Reasoning logical and explained fully for the 5 systems (30)
____ Reasoning flawed or incomplete for 3–4 systems (20−29)
____ Reasoning flawed or incomplete for 2–3 systems (10−19)
____ Reasoning flawed or incomplete for 0–1 systems (0−9)
Systems integration total____/50
Changes to original animal (20%)Changes made to system types were necessary for ____. All changes (10): ____; most changes (6−9): ____; half changes (5): ____; little change (1−4): ____; no changes (0): ____/10
Explanations of why changes were needed were complete and logical for ____. All changes (10): ____; most changes (6−9): ____; half changes (5): ____; little change (1−4): ____; no changes (0): ________/10
If applicable (if not, total is out of 80), changes to original animal total____/20
Environment (15%)____ Specific environment is appropriate for animal (6)____/6
____ Nonspecific environment is appropriate for animal (2−5)
____ Environment is not appropriate for animal (0−1)
Explained how animal and its systems are compatible with the environment ____. Logical (6): ____; illogical or incomplete (2−5): ____; illogical and incomplete (0−1): ________/6
Description of how animal functions/lives/is affected by environment____/3
____ Present and consistent between the animal and its environment (3)
____ Present but inconsistent between the animals and its environment (1−2)
____ Absent (0)
Environment total____/15
Overall description (10%)Backbone, body design, appendages, covering, size, etc. selections____/8
____ All consistent within the animal and its physiological systems (8)____/2
____ Some inconsistent within animal or with its systems (3−7)
____ Most or all inconsistent within animal and/or its systems (0−2)
____ Drawing/description clear and informative (0−2)
Overall description total____/10
General criteria (5%)____ Writing style clear with proper grammar and spelling (0−3)____/5
____ References cited with appropriate format (0−2)
General criteria total
Total____/80 or ____/100