CPSC 430 Spring 2007
Computers and Society: Additional Guidelines

Below are guidelines that should clarify some of the requirements for this project. Always keep in mind that your goal is to produce a well researched, high quality argument about what should be done regarding a selected problem related to computers and society. This is different from a research paper in which you are asked to learn about and then discuss some issue. Note that you are expected to draw on a wide range of sources, but your paper should be organized around the points in your argument, not around your sources.

Preliminary Outline -- Due Tues, March 27

Purpose: To get you started immediately on your research and to give you an early opportunity to get input from the class.

Requirements: A handout and short (10 minute) presentation for the class explaining the following:

Notes: You should be well into your research at this point -- think of "preliminary" as "first attempt," not "off the top of your head." Your handout and presentation should clearly indicate the direction your research is taking you and why and should invite your colleagues to challenge your research and/or arguments.

Paper Draft -- Due Tues, April 3

Purpose: To give you feedback on a first attempt at a fully researched and formally composed argument.

Requirements: A full draft of the final paper, with citations, to be brought to class. This is not an outline, some jotted notes, or some unsupported ideas. It's a first attempt at formally expressing a well researched argument.

Notes: Too many assignments end at this point -- the paper that is turned in is essentially a first draft. Producing a high quality paper -- for example, one suitable for publication -- almost always requires multiple, substantial revisions based on feedback from the first draft. In response to comments you should be prepared to change your organization, extend your research, and better support, restructure and/or otherwise modify your arguments.