Advanced Undergraduate

Spring 2010 Writing Assignment 1

Write an essay, one to two double-spaced pages in length, describing why you are taking MATH 3012. For most (if not all) of you, this is because your major requires it, so you should write about why your major requires this course. For engineering and computer science majors, you might want to look at the accreditation requirements put forward for your major by ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

Be sure to cite any references you use. (Your list of references does not count toward meeting the one-page minimum length requirement.)

 

Peer feedback: Prior to submitting your final draft of your writing assignment, you must exchange assignments with at least one other member of your group. This offers an opportunity for someone else to review your assignment not only to proofread it but also to evaluate it against the grading rubric in order to suggest areas in which it could be improved. In the text box available at the time you submit your assignment, you must enter (1) the name(s) of the group member(s) on whose assignment(s) you gave feedback, (2) the name(s) of the group member(s) who gave feedback on your assignment, and (3) how you used their feedback to improve your assignment.

Grading: Your essay will be scored on a scale of 0 to 5 as follows:

 

Score Description
5 Clearly describes at least three reasons to take MATH 3012 (requirements or personal motivation). Essay incorporates ideas of benefits for future courses as well as use in a future career.
4 Describes at least three reasons to take MATH 3012 (requirements or personal motivation), although some clarity of presentation is absent. Essay incorporates ideas of benefits for future courses as well as use in a future career.
3 Describes at least two reasons to take MATH 3012 (requirements or personal motivation). Essay incorporates ideas of benefits for future courses as well as use in a future career.
2 Describes at least two reasons to take MATH 3012 (requirements or personal motivation). Essay focuses almost exclusively on benefits for future courses or use in a future career and neglects the other
1 Clearly describes at least one reason to take MATH 3012 (requirements or personal motivation).
0

Fails to meet the criteria for a 1.

Grammar and spelling will not be a primary consideration in your grade on this assignment. However, if grammar and spelling problems become pervasive enough to distract the reader or to compromise the reader's ability to understand the assignment, your grade on the assignment will be reduced.

Submission: You will submit your writing assignment as  PDF file (any other format will result in a one-point (i.e., one letter grade in most instances) grade reduction) via T-Square. Be sure to see the Peer Feedback section above for instructions on what to put in the text box when you upload your assignment.