ITEC1020 Introduction to Data Communications
The project for this class will consist of an original research paper (contrast /comparison) of a data communications topic such as, medium (e.g. microwave terrestrial or satellite, copper wire, infrared, fiber optic cable or wireless); any transporting data protocol (e.g. TCP/IP, VOIP, 10 gigabit Ethernet, etc); or any other data communications topic approved by the instructor.
The research paper must conform to the following;
- Typed 8.5 X 11 paper
- Single side, double spacing
- No larger than12 pt Times New Roman Font
- MLA format
- 5 Page minimum
At least 8 sources of research are required. Because of the constantly changing technology involved, some WWWreferences are to be expected. However, at least THREE printed media sources (trade journal, white paper, reference manual, etc.) are required, and because of its nature, WIKIPEDIA on the Internet is not allowed to be used directly, however, the references cited at the bottom of their articles do provide a good source of references used to make up the topic.
Use quotations where appropriate. Cite each source using the MLA format including a Sources Cited page.
A short written description of the topic is due the last day of week 7. The paper is due at the end of week 9.
You are strongly encouraged to visit the following sites to reacquaint yourself on how to prepare and organize a research paper using the MLA format.
http://www.questia.com/writing-center#!/9-steps-to-writing-research-paper http://www.jwu.edu/content.aspx?id=36302 http://www.jwu.edu/content.aspx?id=36304
http://www.jwu.edu/content.aspx?id=36308 ß citation specific
Term Paper will be graded using the following criteria:
I. General Format (5%)
II. Table of Contents or Outline (5%)
III. Length of Paper – Number of Pages (5%)
IV. Spelling/ Typing Errors (10%)
V. Grammar, Word Usage, Sentence Structure (5%)
VI. Proper use of citations (10%)
VII. Number and Quality of References (10%)
VIII. Content (40%) convincingly proves thesis or describes topic
IX. Conclusions (10%) arrived at based on facts presented in the paper
The following is a suggested format:
Title Page: The title should be less than ten words and reflect the factual content of the paper.
Your name and date must appear on the title page.
Table of Contents or Topic Outline: Include one or the other. These present a summary of the topics or sections that are found in the body of the paper.
Body of the paper: The body of the paper (less title page and Works Cited pages) must be a minimum of 5 pages in length.
Bibliography or Works Cited: A listing of all the references used in your paper. The listing should be alphabetized according to the author's last name.
Note: if you did not write it yourself, you must give credit to the author who did by using the proper quotations, footnotes and bibliographic entries. If you do not understand what this means please see me.
Warning: Methods can and are used to ensure that you have written the paper yourself and have not just downloaded it from the Internet. If you do not write the entire paper yourself you will at least receive zero credit for the assignment. (See university policy on plagiarism)
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