Each paper must include four parts, in separate sections with the following headings:
Introduction (overview of the issue under debate)
Pro side (arguments, supporting facts and statistics for the pro side)
Con side (arguments, supporting facts and statistics for the con side)
My personal position (summary of your personal position — pro or con — and the justification of the decision)
The papers should cover the topic in depth. A paper length of 2000-3000 words is suggested, but, ultimately, the strength of the arguments, the attention to details and the quality of research will count, not the raw number of words.
Papers should use several scholarly references, formatted using APA style. Reading only a few sources does not count as research. Also, please include formal research publications, not only Wikipedia type of sources. In case you were wondering, the class textbook is not a research publication. The library has access to several databases of online and print publications. Use business and technology periodicals (Wall Street Journal, Science, Economist, etc.), books and selected internet resources.
When in doubt about proper use of sources, please discuss with your instructor.
Papers should be carefully proofread. Students are encouraged to use a spell checker, and to make sure that sentences make sense and express what the writer intended them to express. Papers will be graded on spelling and grammar as well as on content. Part of the business of business is being able to express ideas clearly and professionally in writing.
The grade on the paper will be based on the following:
Pro side: 20%
Con side: 20%
Conclusion (analysis and personal position): 15%
Word choice: 5%