Part 2: Outline instructions and rubrics(5%)
This serves as an outline for the final paper to be submitted in week 8, and follows from our topic choice in week 4. Basically, you will be following up on your own and the professor’s suggestions on your topic to find the background material for your paper. A format will be provided in class for the same, you will just fill in the outline sheet and submit in the assignment folders in weeks 6 and 7(suggested time frame).
Lot in Life Assignment Part 2: Outlines
Review your topic information and the feedback from Dr H(week 4, assignment folder), and write an outline that will help you to plan out and frame your final paper, in terms of doing the background research.
For the outline: suggested format is the following:
Go through the material you found and/or was suggested by Dr H in part 1(topic)
Type in 5-6 of your references, numbered to keep track. It is suggested that for 3-4 of these references you write a few lines for the ones that you find to be most useful(the key points/takeways).
1. Your reference typed here
A sentence/line or two about what you found in the reference that was important.
And so on(2, 3, 4 etc), throughout the list.
You can keep it double spaced. It is also suggested that you do a spellcheck/grammar check before submission in weeks 6 and 7. This will save you time now, rather than trying to do it in week 8.
No specific length requirement, though it typically runs to about 1-2 pages, depending on your topic.
Note: We will add this to our final submission that is due in week 8. Thus the due date for both parts 2 and 3 are in week 8. It is suggested to start working on this in weeks 6 and 7, so as to avoid overload at the end of the course, and get my feedback on it. However, since our classmembers have varied schedules and multiple responsibilities, I do not insist on assigning due dates till Dec 16 for this assignment, so you can work at your own pace, and not have to be concerned about incurring late penalties.
Extra info on referencing and format:
Assignment Format and Referencing Style
Use UMUC’s online Guide to Writing and Research for the format, especially for how to cite your references. You may also wish to consult guidelines for APA style. (Do not use footnotes at the bottom of the page; rather, following APA, list your references at the end of the paper.)
Plagiarism is the intentional or unintentional use of another person’s words or ideas without giving credit to the author. Make sure you read chapter 5, Academic Integrity and Documentation, in the Guide to Writing and Research. The UMUC Undergraduate Catalog also contains a lengthy discussion on Academic Integrity and Academic Dishonesty. In cases of suspected plagiarism, the assignment in question will not be graded and the student may be reported to the Dean for sanction. Sanctions can include failing the assignment, failing the course, or in extreme cases, expulsion from the university.
As you use the Web for information, you should be aware of the fact that the Web has both good and bad information, as well as information that is biased. There are many online resources devoted to finding and evaluating information on the Web. A very detailed discussion of how to evaluate information can be found in the UMUC library website. Do not use Wikipedia as a source for your information.
Finally, sources that tend to have good information include the following: college or university department sites (be careful of student pages; some are very good, but some are not so good), professional organizations, governmental agencies, professional journals, and regularly published newspapers and magazines.
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