AHIMA Credentals

AHIMA Credentals

APUS Assignment


Undergraduate Level










FOCUS/THESIS Student exhibits a defined

and clear understanding of the assignment. Thesis is clearly defined and well constructed to help guide the reader  throughout the assignment.  AHIMA Credentals Student builds upon the thesis of the assignment with well- documented and exceptional supporting





facts, figures, and/or statements.

Establishes a good comprehension of topic

and in the building of the

thesis. Student demonstrates an effective presentation of thesis, with most support statements helping to support the key focus of assignment.

Student exhibits a basic understanding of the

intended assignment, but

the thesis is not fully supported throughout the assignment. While thesis helps to guide the development of the assignment, the reader

may have some difficulty in seeing linkages between thoughts. While student has included a few supporting facts and statements, this has

limited the quality of the assignment.

Exhibits a limited understanding of the

assignment. Reader is

unable to follow the logic used for the thesis and development of key themes. Introduction of thesis is not clearly evident, and reader must look deeper to discover the focus of the writer. Student’s writing is weak in the inclusion of supporting facts or statements.


proficient command of the subject matter in the assignment. Assignment shows an impressive level of depth of student’s ability to relate course content to practical examples and applications. Student provides comprehensive analysis of details, facts, and concepts in a logical sequence.

Student exhibits above average usage of subject matter in assignment.

Student provides above

average ability in relating course content in examples given. Details and facts presented provide an adequate presentation of student’s current level of subject matter knowledge.

The assignment reveals that the student has a general, fundamental

understanding of the

course material. Whereas, there are areas of some concerning in the linkages provided between facts

and supporting statements. Student generally explains concepts, but only meets the minimum requirements in this area.

Student tries to explain some concepts, but overlooks critical details.

Assignment appears

vague or incomplete in various segments. Student presents concepts in isolation,

and does not perceive to have a logical sequencing of ideas.

CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS Student demonstrates a higher-level of critical

thinking necessary for 300-

400 level work. Learner provides a strategic

Student exhibits a good command of critical

thinking skills in the presentation of material

and supporting

Student takes a common, conventional approach in

guiding the reader through various linkages and

connections presented in

Student demonstrates beginning understanding

of key concepts, but overlooks critical details.

Learner is unable to

approach in presenting

examples of problem solving or critical thinking, while drawing logical conclusions which are not immediately obvious. Student provides well- supported ideas and reflection with a variety of current and/or world views in the assignment. Student presents a genuine intellectual development of ideas throughout assignment. AHIMA Credentals

statements. Assignment demonstrates the

student’s above average

use of relating concepts by using a variety of factors. Overall, student provides adequate conclusions,

with 2 or fewer errors.

assignment. However, student presents a limited

perspective on key

concepts throughout assignment. Student appears to have problems applying information in a problem-solving manner.

apply information in a problem-solving fashion.

Student presents

confusing statements and facts in assignment. No evidence or little semblance of critical thinking skills.




understands and excels in explaining all major points. An original, unique, and/or imaginative approach to overall ideas, concepts, and findings is presented. Overall format of assignment includes an

appropriate introduction (or abstract), well- developed paragraphs, and conclusion. Finished assignment demonstrates student’s ability to plan and organize research in a logical sequence. Student uses at least of 5-7 references in assignment.

Student explains the majority of points and

concepts in the

assignment. Learner demonstrates a good skill level in formatting and organizing material in assignment. Student presents an above average level of preparedness, with a few formatting errors. Assignment contains less than 5 resources.

Learner applies some points and concepts

incorrectly. Student uses

a variety of formatting styles, with some inconsistencies throughout the paper. Assignment does not have a

continuous pattern of logical sequencing. Student uses less than 3

sources or references.

Assignment reveals formatting errors and a

lack of organization.

Student presents an incomplete attempt to provide linkages or explanation of key terms. The lack of appropriate references or source materials demonstrates the student’s need for additional help or training in this area.

Student needs to review and revise the


10 /10


Student demonstrates an excellent command of

grammar, as well as presents research in a clear

and concise writing style.

Presents a thorough,

Student provides an effective display of good

writing and grammar. Assignment reflects

student’s ability to select

appropriate word usage

Assignment reflects basic writing and grammar, but

more than 5 errors. Key terms and concepts are

somewhat vague and not

completely explained by

Topics, concepts, and ideas are not coherently

discussed or expressed in assignments.

Student’s writing style is

weak and needs

20 /20
extensive understanding of

word usage. Student excels in the selection and development of a well- planned research assignment. Assignment is error-free and reflects student’s ability to prepare

a high-quality academic assignment.

and present an above average presentation of a

given topic or issue.

Assignment appears to be well written with no more than 3-5 errors. Student provides a final written product that covers the above-minimal requirements.

student. Student uses a basic vocabulary in

assignment. Student’s

writing ability is average, but demonstrates a basic understanding of the subject matter.

improvement, along with numerous proofreading

errors. Assignment

lacks clarity, consistency, and correctness. Student needs to review and revise assignment.





Student provides a high- caliber, formatted

assignment.  AHIMA Credentals Learner exhibits excellent use of

computer technology in the

development of assignment. Quality and appropriateness of stated references demonstrate the student’s ability to use technology to conduct applicable research. Given assignment includes appropriate word processing, spreadsheet and/or other computer applications as part of the final product. AHIMA Credentals

Assignment presents an above-average use of

formatting skills, with less than 3 errors. Students

has a good command of

computer applications to format information and/or figures in an appropriate format. Student uses at least two types of computer applications to produce a quality assignment.

Student demonstrates a basic knowledge of

computer applications. Appearance of final

assignment demonstrates

the student’s limited ability to format and present data. Resources used in assignment are limited. Student may need to

obtain further help in the use of computer applications and Internet


Student needs to

develop better formatting skills. The student may need to take additional

training or obtain help

from the Educator Help Desk while preparing an assignment. Research and resources presented in the assignment are limited. Student needs

to expand research scope. The number of formatting errors is not acceptable.