CSCE 181: Introduction to Computing
Short Report 1: Summarizing and Critiquing a Lecture
Due: 2:20 PM, Tuesday, Feb 9 and 2:20 PM, Thursday, Feb 11.
Formatting your paper:
- Attend and take notes on Dr. Scott Schaefer's lecture in class
on Tue, Feb 2.
- Write a summary of the lecture, following the guidelines from
- At the end of your summary, add a paragraph "critiquing" the
lecture. This is where your opinions are to be expressed.
What did you think about the lecture and why? You can comment on
both the presentation and the content. What questions did the
presentation raise in your mind? How does the information presented
relate to other material that you may know? Think more deeply
that just "It was interesting." or "I enjoyed it." A deeper critique
would be something like this: "The speaker's analysis of the
impact of the D++ programming language on industry did not address
its effect on the lack of security for users' personal information."
Be sure your report clearly separates the summary from your critique.
- Throughout your report, follow the guidelines from the textbook
in Chs 2 and 3, especially regarding "Economy", "Tone" (refer to
checklist on pp. 9-10), "Paragraphing", "Sentence Structure",
"Choice of Words", and "Padding".
- In class on Feb 9, you will work with a partner to edit each other's
- Revise your report, taking into account the feedback from class.
What to turn in:
- Type your paper. Use 1 inch margins and 11 or 12-point font.
The length should be between 1 and 2 pages. The inter-line spacing
should be somewhere between single- and double-spaced; the goal is
to make it easy to read. Number the pages.
- Include a bibliographic reference. In this class, we will use
the IEEE style.
A nice explanation is available from
University. For a lecture, give the speaker's name, title of
lecture, "Presentation to CSCE 181", and date.
How your paper will be graded:
Each of the following will be assessed on a scale from 1
("weak") to 5 ("strong"), with 3 being "average".
- Bring to class TWO PAPER COPIES of your report.
- Turn in one copy together with a filled-out and signed copy of
this cover sheet. (The other copy
will be used during class - no need to have a cover sheet for it.)
- On Thursday, Feb 11 turn in your revised report with a cover sheet.
You can either put the revised report in Dr. Welch's mailbox (3rd floor of
Bright) or slip it under Dr. Welch's office door (425G Bright).
- Effort displayed on first draft (0 if not turned in)
- Quality of summary
- Quality of critique
- Organization at the paragraph level
- Sentence structure
- Tone / choice of words
- Economy / lack of padding
- Spelling, grammar, and punctuation
- Bibliographic information