You should also comment on the fitness of the language for its stated purpose. Evaluate its readability and writability and give an overall critique of the language - does it meet the creator's goal?
Include a bibliography of your sources (including online sources) and describe (and, where appropriate, provide references to) tools you used such as compilers/interpreters. Your bibliography and citations should be formatted using a discipline-standard style. Will will use the IEEE standard format for bibliographic entries and citations. The bibliography should be ordered in the order entries are cited within the paper (not alphabetical); non-cited entries can follow. Citations in the report should be of the form:
as demonstrated here . If you use an explicit point or direct quote from a source, include the page in the citation:
Database transactions are an important topic in the traditional undergraduate Database Management Systems course .
Footnote citations (e.g. APA style), while commonly used in some disciplines, are generally not used in our discipline although some ACM publications use a "footnote" style for the citation to an IEEE-formatted bibliography. As noted above, we will use the IEEE standard here throughout.
While Professor Beelzebub [1:4] has stated that that "the topic of transactions should be ommited from a first course in Database Management Systems", I am here to refute that suggestion.
Your report will be made available to the class via the course web pages and must be formatted accordingly (i.e., a PDF file). Your written report will be due one week before you are scheduled to give your oral report at the standard due-time; email a PDF of your report on or before the due date & time.
Your report will be graded both on content and presentation (e.g., organization, grammar). This is an important and formal writing assignment. I highly recommend that you have others proofread your work and/or make use of University-provided writing aids such as the Academic Resource Center. Here are some helpful proofreading hints.
Here is the written report evaluation rubric that will be used in part to evaluate your report. Here are some example papers from previous years.
Finally, it should go without saying that plagiarism in any form is a violation of Academic Integrity and my policies with respect to violations will be enforced including a grade of 0 for the entire project assigment, a grade that would almost certainly result in a repetition of the course.
Here is the oral report evaluation rubric that will be used in part to evaluate your presentation.
Note: I expect substantive comments to be provied in each rubric submitted; the written report in particular provides an opportunity to provide a good deal of thoughtful feedback.
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