Abstracts – Your Opinion or that of the Author?

Summary of Abstracts

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I’ve been reading the abstracts as they’ve been coming in. So far so good for the most part. You’re getting all the right pieces in place and making some great observations about what you’re reading.

Thank you.

One thing to keep in mind is making sure to keep the formal section formal — that is, distance yourself from the writing and be more objective. It’s easy to come across like you’re stating your own opinion in the formal part, even if that’s not what you meant to do. For example, take the following passages in the formal sections from a few of the abstracts already submitted:

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Reminder about Quiz 1 on January 23rd

Tonight I’ll be activating a practice (non-graded) quiz on Blackboard under the Quizzes section that you can take before the real one just to make sure everything is working okay. There’s nothing you need to do now. You’ll get an email from me tonight when this practice quiz is ready to take.

In addition to the practice quiz, you’ll also have access on Blackboard under Quizzes to a short study guide for Quiz 1. This will be the only study guide you receive, but I want you to know what to expect so you can do well.

As mentioned in the Syllabus and Schedule, The quiz covers the set of short readings you reviewed last week. As a reminder, these are available as PDFs to download via Blackboard in the Readings section.

Quiz 1 (graded) will go live on Blackboard January 23 at midnight and close January 23 at 11:55pm. It will be timed.

Any questions? Post as comments below. 

Assignment 1: Career Essay Guidelines and Examples

Assignment 1: Career Application Essay

Share with me your completed essay via Google Docs by March 4 (Day before Spring Break). Update 2.17 – I moved the deadline to March 25 by 11:55pm. You’re welcome.

Important: If you’ve not yet viewed the Google Docs Tutorial, please do so before beginning your essay. This will help you understand the benefits and use of Google Docs, as well provides links to help and more information.

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Abstract Writing Guidelines

Update 1.20.12 – Here is Kathy Ireland’s (33598 section) Abstract 1: Technology Overview and Impact  post that she very graciously agreed to share with everyone as an example. Thanks Kathy!

For this class, you’ll be writing five abstracts of 150-300 words each based on the “Suggested Readings for Further Study” at the end of each of the chapters we’ll read in the Markert and Backer textbook. Each abstract is worth 20 points for a total of 100 points (10% of your course grade). Read more of this post