The final grade of the paper is comprised of the total from each of the components (ID of subject, references, notes, draft, and final copy). The final copy grade is the largest component, and therefore the most uncertain. Preparing a good draft copy is the best way to ensure that a final copy earns the highest grade, but is no guarantee. The final copy grade is based on the following factors:
Format. This is about 30% of the grade. Following up on the draft copy feedback is a good way to earn points here. Use the format example from the sample papers and from the paper template to help ensure earning full credit. Having references in the right format is important.
Paper length. This is about 10% of the grade, so having the paper body be at least 4 pages is an easy way to gain points. Not having the right number of pages dramatically decreases the value of the paper, since components related to content will be reduced in value.
Clarity and content. This is about 60% of the grade. Both clarity and content are considered for each of the following items: Title page, abstract page, introduction, conclusion, information on the gene/protein/microbe (this depends on your subject), remainder of components of the body, and use/implementation of citations.