COGSCI 111 TermPaperGuidelines - Guidelines for Writing...

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Guidelines for Writing Your Term Paper Quick guide The paper will involve critical reading, writing, topic development, and organizing skills. It should be about 10-12 double spaced pages of polished writing plus the list of references. The paper must be submitted as a printed hard copy. No paper will be accepted electronically. It must be turned in at the start of the class period it is due, or else it will be counted one day late. No exceptions. For each day that a paper is late, it will be penalized 10 points (thus an A paper will end up with a B if it is a day late, a B paper will fall to a C, and so on). Unless a student produces a verifiable medical or professional reason why a paper is turned in late, the grade penalty will be automatically applied. No exceptions. More information Your term paper can take any one of the following forms: - a critical scientific essay, for example, your answer to a burning question based on published research, an evaluation of a current hypothesis (whether published research supports it or not), or a refutation of a currently popular but incorrect (pseudoscientific or unsubstantiated) claim. - a book review such as you would find in the Sunday New York Times , the Economist , or American Scientist. - a piece of science journalism about some new development in cognitive/brain science such as you would find in the Tuesday New York Times or the New Yorker . - an essay motivated by your concern about a brain disorder in someone you know that summarizes what brain scientists currently know about the disorder. What is important is that (a) the topic is appropriate for the course, (b) your paper shows that you acquired some accurate scientific information or understanding about the topic that goes beyond what is in the class lectures or assigned readings, (c) your paper makes one or more points about the topic based on scientific evidence and demonstrates critical thinking in the process, (d) the paper itself is well-written, free of spelling and grammatical errors, clear to the reader, and in a style suitable for its form or approach, and (e) all information that is not your own is backed up with appropriate citations and
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2008 for the course COGST 1110 taught by Professor Adkinsregan,e&ho during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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