Essay (JavaScript)

Due on Saturday May 7 before midnight


Description

This assignment will count for the ABET requirements for written communication. You must get a passing score (37.5) for the essay in order to satisfy ABET requirement. If a student does not demonstrate timely achievement of the assessment and would otherwise pass the course, then the student will receive a grade of incomplete (I) for the course until such time when the assessment instrument is satisfactorily complete. The student will be allowed to re-attempt demonstration of satisfactory completion during the next offering of the course.

We are aware there might be many relevant discussions on the Web, given the nature of this essay topic. You must cite references appropriately. Follow the guidelines at http://library.uta.edu/howTo/plagiarizing.jsp. We will actively look out for plagiarisms and the penalty is very serious.

Academic Integrity:

This essay requires you to selectively read parts of the readings given below and then to do some additional research. You should use proper bibliographic citations for all the references that you use. If you do not use proper citations and you plagiarize any part of this essay, you will receive a 0 (zero) for your essay grade, we will fill out a Student Judicial Affairs academic dishonesty form which you will sign, and we will file a case for academic dishonesty (cheating) on you. If you do not understand what constitutes plagiarism you should review the Statement on Ethics, Professionalism, and Conduct for Engineering Students that every student signed at the beginning of this semester, you should go through the UTA library tutorial on plagiarism.

ABET Requirements:

This assignment will count for the ABET requirements for written communication. It will be graded both for its technical content as required by the essay assignment as well as for the written quality that it demonstrates. It is very important that you do a high quality essay for this assignment. If you are unsure of your capability in writing then use the available UTA resources (such as the Writing Center) to make sure your essay is of good quality. According to the grading rules, your essay will be graded on 8 aspects, using 0-4 scale on each aspect. The 8 aspects are weighted when the total score is computed. For example, if a student achieved level 4 on the first 2 aspects, level 3 on the next 4 aspects, and didn't achieve level 1 on the last 2 aspects, then the student score will be: (4*10+4*15+3*15+3*18+3*17+ 3*15+0*5+0*5)/4*100 =73.75.

Format:

The essay should contain at least 3000 words (excluding bibliography list and code examples) and at most 3500 words (excluding bibliography list and code examples). It should have at least a title, an introduction/opening section, several organized sections and subsections, a conclusion, and a bibliography/reference section at the end. The bibliography must be in MLA format. See the following resources for explanations and examples.

  1. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/11/
  2. http://library.uta.edu/howTo/mla.pdf
There is no other explicit requirements on formatting. However, you should use consistent, readable, and pleasant format throughout the essay.

Essay Topic:

JavaScript is a general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for dynamic web pages executed on a web browser. Write an essay that covers all of the following issues, based on the following readings and other sources as needed:

In your discussion, you should use some examples, code fragments and snippets to illustrate your arguments. The code examples should be excluded from word count.

Readings:

Grading Policy:

Your essay will be graded both for its technical content as well as for the written quality. The grading policy is given below. Each criterion has a number of points. For each criterion, there are 4 levels, level 1 (with a weight of 1) through level 4 (with weight of 4).

  1. Introduction / Thesis (10 points)
    1. weak introduction of topic, thesis and subtopics - thesis is weak and lacks an arguable position
    2. adequate introduction that states topic, thesis and some of the subtopics - thesis is somewhat clear and arguable
    3. proficient introduction that states topic, thesis, and all subtopics in proper order - thesis is a clear and arguable statement of position
    4. exceptional introduction that grabs interest of reader and states topic, thesis, and all subtopics in proper order - thesis is exceptionally clear, arguable, well developed, and a definitive statement
  2. Quality of Information / Evidence (15 points)
    1. limited information on topic with lack of research, details or historically accurate evidence
    2. some aspects of paper is researched with some accurate evidence from limited sources
    3. paper is well researched in detail with accurate and critical evidence from a variety of sources
    4. paper is exceptionally researched, extremely detailed and historically accurate with critical evidence from a wide variety of sources
  3. Support of Ideas / Analysis (15 points)
    1. limited connections made between evidence, subtopics, counterarguments and thesis / topic -lack of analysis
    2. some connections made between evidence, subtopics, counterarguments and thesis / topic showing analysis
    3. consistent connections made between evidence, subtopics, counterarguments and thesis / topic showing good analysis
    4. exceptionally critical, relevant and consistent connections made between evidence, subtopics, counter-arguments and thesis / topic showing excellent analysis
  4. Organization / Development of Ideas (18 points)
    1. paper lacks clear and logical development of ideas with weak transition b/w ideas and paragraphs
    2. somewhat clear and logical development of subtopics with adequate transitions b/w paragraphs
    3. clear and logical subtopic order that supports thesis with good transitions b/w paragraphs
    4. exceptionally clear, logical, mature, and thorough development of subtopics that support thesis with excellent transition b/w paragraphs
  5. Conclusion (17 points)
    1. lack of summary of topic, thesis and subtopics with weak concluding ideas
    2. adequate summary of topic, thesis and some subtopics with some final concluding ideas
    3. good summary of topic, thesis and all subtopics with clear concluding ideas
    4. excellent summary of topic (with no new information), thesis and all subtopics in proper order with concluding ideas that leave an impact on reader
  6. Language Conventions (15 points)
    1. inconsistent grammar, spelling and paragraphing throughout paper
    2. paper has some errors in grammar, spelling and paragraphing
    3. paper is clear, with mostly proper grammar, spelling and paragraphing
    4. paper is very concise, clear, with consistently proper grammar, spelling and paragraphing
  7. Footnotes (5 points)
    1. inconsistent use of footnotes with limited details and improper format
    2. sometimes inconsistent use of footnotes with limited details
    3. consistent and correct format inserted to validate evidence
    4. proper detailed format always used consistently and correctly to validate evidence in paper
  8. Bibliography (5 points)
    1. lack of proper format and limited details with many sources missing or incomplete
    2. some errors in MLA format with most sources shown and a variety of sources
    3. mostly proper MLA format used in alphabetical order with all sources shown and a variety of sources
    4. proper, detailed MLA format always used in alphabetical order with all sources shown and a wide variety of sources

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Last modified: 03/07/11 by Leonidas Fegaras