60 pts., due Mar. 7
From the syllabus, here's a list of topics:
The first two topics are less interesting than the others; therefore, they
will be downgraded by six points.
If you have other ideas for topics, please discuss them with me.
- Buying a computer: must-have features, ``nice'' features,
questionable features. Compare and contrast two PC systems.
- Analyze a software application; compare two examples of it.
- Explore an ethical issue related to computing or networked
communications. For example, term paper archives.
- Explore an issue related to security or privacy in the
electronic age. For example, electronic data gathering.
- A study of the use of computing and communications in your
- A study of future uses of computing and communications.
Your paper will be graded upon the following criteria:
- Spelling and grammar. Since you now know how to use spell and
grammar checks, the spelling and grammar in your paper should be flawless.
- Appropriate formatting:
- 1 inch margins, all around. Doublespaced. The paper should be
4--5 pages in length. Indent the first line of each paragraph by 1/2
inch. The body of the text should be left- and right-justified.
- Centered title and author name. These should be in a font
different from the body font and should be a larger point size. Don't
use a separate title page.
- Page numbers in the footer and the paper title in the header
(except on the first page)
- Substantiation of position. I don't particularly care what position
you take on an issue, but it must be substantiated through a valid
supporting argument. I prefer to see papers in which a position is taken
rather than papers which merely report facts.
- Endnoted references or bibliography.
Thomas P. Kelliher
Wed Feb 26 23:40:32 EST 1997