This paper is in
addition to any essays required as a weekly text assignment.
required to write and submit a two page essay paper.
It MUST be
written as an essay, i.e. sources cited properly at the end of the paper.
can be about any topic that is related to the chapters in the textbook. EXCEPT,
you may not write on a topic that was assigned as an essay during the
provide at least four references (one may be the textbook, itself). You
can use the references that the authors of the textbook used to build each
chapter. You can find the references, by chapter, in the back of the
textbook. You can use on-line references; however, you may NOT use
Wikipedia as a source. By going on-line through Troy’s Library, you should
be able to retrieve most, if not all of the references you wish to use
(with the exception of books).
The essay must be typed, using 12pt. font, double-spaced, in
MS-Word format or Rich Text Format (rtf). Failure to comply will
result in point deductions.
must include a title, and the final page must be a separate listing of the
references you used.
should consist of an introduction of the topic, some discussion of what is
already written about the topic (here’s a good place for your
references—in journals this is known as the literature review), and then a
discussion of the points you want to make, ending with a conclusion.
Note: I do
NOT want to see textbook passages fed back to me. I want your thoughts.
Indeed, please note that no more than 20% of the paper may consist of
quoted passages (roughly 100 words). Also, note, I will run the paper
through the plagiarism software we use. So do NOT try to use someone
else’s writing as your own.
paper is found to be more than 25% non-original (that is, 75% of the paper
is deemed as coming from sources other than yourself—and, by that, I mean
that it is identical, or virtually identical to works of other sources, you
will receive a Zero on the paper, and your final grade will be reduced by
one full letter grade.
that, submitting a paper you wrote for another course or that you
submitted earlier assignment in this class is also not acceptable. This is
what is known as “self-plagiarism” and is considered to be unethical. Same
please note that grammar counts. I will be grading for grammar, typos,
etc. A sloppily written paper, from a grammatical and otherwise
standpoint, suggest a lack of professionalism and competence on the part
of the writer. Hence, 20% of the grade will be based on grammar, clarity
of writing, etc.
will count for 100 points toward the course grade.