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Principles of MIS (0506200)
Second Semester 2017-2018
Term Paper Guidelines
Students will investigate and report on some issues related to the course topics. If your topic is covered in the text, do not use the text as a main source. Report has to be in more depth and/or on newer or other aspects of the topic.
How long the term paper should be?
The paper should be long enough to cover:
1- The background/history of the topic;
2- State the different sides of the issue with arguments and counter arguments; and
3- Draw your conclusions.
The grade is based entirely on the quality of your paper and how well you present the different sides of the issue as well as your conclusions. Your term paper should not be as same work done earlier for another course. If you are writing a paper on the same topic for another class this semester, you must get my approval ahead of time.
2- Date, and Requirements for Submitting Your Topic Description
- Your topic for this project should be approved in advance. A digital-copy has to be submitted on the 15th of April 2018. It has to include a title, a paragraph describing the issue, and at least two references.
- Presentation will take place on the 23rd of April 2018 for Female students and 25th of April 2018 for Male students.
- The number of students doing any single topic should not exceed 3. It is good to have a second topic in mind in case yours has already been chosen by someone else.
3- Guidelines/Specifications for the Paper
- Remember that the focus of this course is on IT, social, legal, and ethical issues. Don’t just give technical descriptions, or material that is purely factual or historic. On the other hand, be sure to give enough facts to support your opinions.
- Explain how your topic relates to material covered in the text and/or in class discussions. Be sure to include an explanation of all the major course-related issues.
- Your paper should also include your own analysis and evaluation (after you have presented the major arguments). Select some course-related issue about which there is controversy or disagreement. Summarize the different points of view on this issue (giving appropriate citations). The paper should cover all sides of an issue, whether you agree with the arguments or not. Then evaluate the arguments on the different sides, give counter arguments, and state and justify your own position. Be sure to support your position with convincing arguments and facts — try to write in a way that would make someone who initially disagreed with you think about the issue more carefully.
- Be sure to use a variety of reference sources (and a variety of types of sources). Articles from magazines and Web sites are acceptable but should not be considered as reliable as peer-reviewed journals or books. Quote where appropriate. Give citations for facts and quotations, indicating the sources for the material you are using. However, you should not just copy paragraphs from other sources. Explain the material as clearly as you can in your own words.
The organization of your paper will depend somewhat on the topic you select. However, the organization of a typical paper might look like this:
- Cover page, with title, your name and course and instructor
- Overview of topic and issues discussed
- Background, history, and/or importance of the topic
- Explanation of issues related to the course material, detail arguments on all sides of the issue, include counter arguments where appropriate
- Your analysis and evaluation on some issue about which there is disagreement
- Summary and conclusions
- List of references used and cited
4- Warnings and Reminders
- Start early. Students are advised to start as early as possible so they can find enough material on their chosen topic.
- Write an outline. One of the most common problems with papers is poor organization. Organize your thoughts. You may want to use section headings to indicate the topic or purpose of sections of the paper.
- Pay attention to the quality of your sources. If you use articles from the Web as sources, give the URL and the organization sponsoring the site. There’s a lot of junk and unsupported opinion on the Web.
5- Grading Criteria
Grading criteria include:
- following instructions for the assignment (including submitting the topic description)
- discussion of background or history of the topic
- presentation of issues related to the course material
- quality of argument and analysis
- structure and organization
- clarity of writing
- sufficient references
- meeting deadlines.