Oral Presentations Marking Criteria

Each student will receive an individual mark deriving from a specific oral presentational task. In those cases where the oral task is a group presentation, each member of the group will be given an individual mark for the task, rather than a single mark being given to the group as a whole.


  • First class (90+)
    Shows all the qualities of an 80+ presentation, but thoroughly independent, original and insightful; capable of suggesting major revisions to our understanding of the topic.
  • First Class (80+) [proposed]
    Shows all the qualities of a 70+ presentation, but showing exceptional insight, weight, and sophistication.
  • First Class (70+)
    A sophisticated presentation that explores the methodological issues around the source material in an informed and perceptive way; integrates their own component very effectively into the group presentation and agenda; engages with and refers to other presentations in a manner that significantly enhances the coherence of the presentation as a whole; enthusiastic and engaged delivery that makes the audience want to listen; uses very effective ways of conveying information, concepts and ideas; communicates difficult or abstruse ideas in a clear and intelligible way; perceptive and interesting responses in discussion.
  • Upper Second (60-69)
    A carefully explained and clear presentation that conveys a good sense of the sources used and the methodological issues around them; integrates their own component into a group presentation and agenda; engages with other presentations in a helpful manner; clearly delivered presentation that shows an ability to engage directly with the audience; effective in conveying information, ideas and concepts to the audience; coherent and informed responses in discussion.
  • Lower Second (50-59)
    A coherent presentation but with some omissions or lack of clarity in the presentation of concepts and ideas; only limited integration of individual component into the group presentation; some engagement with other presentations; relatively clear delivery conveying some ideas and information with some audience engagement; clear but basic and limited responses in discussion.
  • Third Class (45-49) & Pass without Honours (40-44)
    Little defined structure or analysis; little or inadequate preparation; failed to integrate individual component into the group presentation; no awareness of shared agenda or reference to other presentations; poorly delivered presentation with little engagement with the audience; responses to questions were incomplete and muddled.
  • Failure (0-39)
    Failure to carry out the task assigned; rambling and unstructured content; no preparation; no evidence of having worked with other students to create a coherent group presentation; no reference to other presentations; poor delivery and no engagement with the audience; answers to questions were irrelevant or flippant. A mark of 0 indicates an unexplained absence from a scheduled performance.

Seminar performance is assessed using the standard marking criteria available at: www.sheffield.ac.uk/history/current_students/undergraduate/oral/criteria

In week 12, tutors will set aside time in which to provide feedback on the oral element of the module. Oral assessment marks will be released to students at this point.