INSTRUCTIONS FOR DISCUSSION PAPER
Core-Competency Assignment -- see Syllabus/Grading


Discussion Paper
- (300 points.)

Research and write (using MS Word) on the topic "Computers and TBD: <A subtopic>."

The computer processes data affecting nearly every facet of our life. It provides information at our fingertips, global communications, simulations, transactions, security, and more. The computer, the Internet, and related technology has played, and will continue to play, an important part in our future. Research the TBD. Reference and cite your sources to support all your included material. This includes anything you present as fact or opinion that is not considered "common knowledge."

For this paper "The Computer" is a composite of technology including the Internet, as well as microprocessor chips, individual personal computers, servers, and mainframes used to control infrastructure. The "Sub-topic" of your choice should focus on and be limited to an area of the topic that provides enough material for you to write this assignment. You are to narrow your focus enough to effectively cover the topic within the assigned number of pages. The content of this paper will also be used for your second speech.

Some possible areas to consider for your sub-topic may include:

  • Etc.

Keep in mind that there are many ways to approach this topic. This makes it possible to tailor the sub-topic to focus on your discipline or area of interest when writing this paper.

NOTE: Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any appearance of plagiarism will result in a deduction of points at a minimum up to failure of the assignment. Failure of this assignment will result in failure of the course. Cite all your sources.

"According to my American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, the verb to plagiarize means 'to steal and use (the ideas or writing of another) as one's own.' When writing a paper you cannot simply take and use the words of the author (i.e., lift them from the book into your paper) without citing your source. If you use exactly the same words you must enclose them in quotation marks and cite the page number. If you take the ideas of an author, do not directly quote them, but paraphrase (i.e., change the wording a bit but keep the idea) you must still give a reference to the page or pages from which you have taken the material. If you fail to do this you are, very simply, cheating." - used with the permission of Dr. Sam Oppenheim, 1999.

The paper must include:
a cover page, contain three pages in the body (using a 12 point font), and have at least four references on a separate reference page for a total of five pages. Two or more references must be from the Internet and two or more references must be from printed sources. For a reference to be valid and counted toward this assignment, an in-text citation must be present in the body of your paper. Consult printed or online sources for correct formatting for each.

The paper must use: 1" margins (all around), double-spacing, only one font throughout, two page breaks where appropriate, two titles -- one on the first body page and one on the reference page, a header (containing your last name and inserted page numbering) on all but the cover page (the first body page will number as page two), and Word styles applied as specified below.

Create ALL styles listed below. The style name will be your initials in caps (first and last -- i.e., as shown below with YI as your initials followed by the remaining portion of the style name) followed by the name shown below with the formatting as described. The application of EACH style in your document is required unless its typical use is shown as optional (last two styles only are optional.)

Style Name

Description

Typical Use

YI Normal Normal + Font: <fontname if changed from Normal>, <fontsize if changed>, Indent: First 0.5", Line spacing double body of document
YI Centered YI Normal + Indent: First 0" Centered titles - first body page & reference page.
YI Cover YI Centered + Position: Center horz. Relative To Margin, 0.13" From text horz., Center vert. Relative To Margin, 0.13" From text vert., No wrapping cover page
YI Header YI Normal + Indent: First 0" Flush Right header
YI References YI Normal + Indent: Hanging 0.5" reference page
YI Block Text YI Normal + Indent: Left 0.5" First 0" Right 0.5", Space after 12 pt 40+ word quote - optional
YI Bullet List YI Normal + Indent: Left 0.5" Hanging 0.25", Bulleted, Tabs: 0.25" right flush listed items - optional

The use of MS Word-type styles is required to provide a consistent look to your finished document. Styles for headers, indents, Italics, body, etc. are to be used for all distinguishable elements and repeated for all similar elements. We will cover their creation, modification, and use in class.

Grading will be primarily on following the directions given, the formatting of the document, and the use of the software involved to complete the task. Spelling, punctuation, and grammar count.

This assignment is to be submitted as an attachment in email by due date. Save as a MS Word document with the name being "<your initials - first, middle & last>_paper", all lower case (e.g., dlb_paper.doc -- with the underscore as shown).

Email, as an attachment, the assignment to the instructor (dbratten@charter.net). CC yourself. Email "Subject" must be "ClassID Paper" with no quotes (e.g., CS3000-5 Paper -- capitalized and spaced as shown using your ClassID).

A printout of the document must be turned in no later than the end of the following class period. Print the hard copy on a laser or inkjet printer (not dot matrix) and turn in to the instructor in class.


Resources:

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association - for additional details regarding APA style. This book is available in the bookstore and the library and APA guides are available on the Internet.

University Writing Center - located in L112 (667-3465) - provide proofreading, grammar assistance, APA, MLA style help for all your papers.

Grading Form used will be:

Total Points (300)

Deductions:

Late :

Attachment (30 per class period)

Printout (15 per class period)


E-mail subject (10)

Saved name (5)

Non-assigned topic (60)

Margins (10)

Styles:

All styles missing (120)

CS Normal (2-10)

Name (2)

Description(5)

Missing (10)

Application Error (5)

Not Applied (10)

CS Centered (2-10)

Name (2)

Description(5)

Missing (10)

Application Error (5)

Not Applied (10)

CS Cover (2-10)

Name (2)

Description(5)

Missing (10)

Application Error (5)

Not Applied (10)

CS Header (2-10)

Name (2)

Description(5)

Missing (10)

Application Error (5)

Not Applied (10)

CS References (2-10)

Name (2)

Description(5)

Missing (10)

Application Error (5)

Not Applied (10)

CS Block Text (2-10)

Name (2)

Description(5)

Missing (10)

Optional - Application Error (5)

Optional - Not Applied (10)

CS Bullet List (2-10)

Name (2)

Description(5)

Missing (10)

Optional - Application Error (5)

Optional - Not Applied (10)

Number or type of pages (10)

Header:

Missing (10)

On first page (5)

Content (5)

Font:

Single (5)

One size (5)

Missing Titles (5 ea. - two required)

Missing page break (5 ea. - two required)

Number or type of pages (10 ea. - five required)

Missing reference or w/o in-text citation(10 ea. - four required)

Spelling errors (5 ea.)

Punctuation errors (2 ea.)

Grammar errors (2 ea.)

Additional points deduction as determined by the instructor.


Note: Assignment will not be graded unless I receive both the hard copy and the email attachment.



Last Updated on 2/01/2005
By Dan L. Bratten
E-mail:
dbratten@charter.net