In the last assignment I've given my students, one of the questions has two subquestions that go as follows.
- Explain how Theory X, as developed in Smith (2010) accounts for dataset A.
- Briefly summarize the additional data that, according to Smith (2010), fall under the scope of Theory X.
A number of students have submitted something along these lines.
- Something that is technically correct, but doesn't actually answer Question 1.
- Something that is technically correct and answers both Question 2 and Question 1.
What is the proper grade for this students? The three possibilities that I have in mind are:
- Full credit: they have provided correct answers to both questions, even though the answer to Question 1 is embedded within the answer to Question 2.
- Full credit only for Answer 2, no credit for Answer 1: they not only have to provide the correct answers, they also have to provide them in the right place.
- Half credit for Answer 2, no credit for Answer 1: half credit because the Answer 2 contains more information than I asked for.
I'm inclined towards the second option (full credit only for Answer 2). Would this be appropriate?
Update: in response to some of the answers below, the problem is not that my questions are unclear, as a majority of the students have managed to answer them properly.