Interactive Rubric for Written Communication: 7.2. Punctuation

This guide will help you understand common conventions of academic writing and the application of marking rubrics



Definition (formal)

Punctuation describes a set of marks used to separate sentences or emphasise words and clarify their meaning.

Definition (informal)

Punctuation: What marks are you using to give it meaning?


For example, the following sentence from the the Persuasive Essay Example contains several punctuation marks including an apostrophe, brackets, a comma and a full stop.

For example, Bouchard’s (2004) meta-analysis of intelligence studies estimates .85 heritability of intelligence for over 18 year olds.

Resources (textbook)

Refer to the textbook pages and sections to improve your knowledge and understanding of the criterion.

Resources (web)

Click on the links to access online resources to improve your knowledge and understanding of the criterion.

We acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and acknowledge Traditional Owners of the lands where our staff and students, live, learn and work.Acknowledgement of Country