CS105 Lab 1: MS Word Research paper and
Most of you claimed a good knowledge of Microsoft word, so this lab
will be a simple two part opportunity to demonstrate that the class is
ready to move on past this topic.
For the first part you are to Design a flyer/advertisement for your
favorite cause/student organization or sales event.
Next You are to write a short research paper using the APA citation
style. Your paper
must be on some topic related to computers, hardware or software, and
Title must be readable from about 10 feet away
Other text should be readable from about 3 feet
Must contain at least 50 words
Much have a graphic appropriate to the content in
the middle of the text but not covered by the text.
Use 3 fonts and all three basic formats
Make it look nice
Follow the rules of homework/lab etiquette below:
Rules of etiquette for all
labs and homework in this class:
Keep all your work in good taste
Keep it PG rated: No vulgarity/profanity. No
plagiarized (if someone else said it, give them credit)
- You need to choose a topic that has a point that can be made. Follow the
following guide for a research paper
Your paper must be at least 500 words long (including bibliographical material
and the abstract)
Your paper should use a line spaceing of 1.5 lines, a font size of 12, and
use either the century or century schoolbook fonts.
You must directly cite at least 4 sources (sources that your paper either
directly quotes or which form the basis of your claims in a paragraph.)
Your document needs to contain at least one explanitary footnote.
Your paper should have footers with your name on the left hand side and
the page numbers at the bottom right of each page
- Introduce the topic
- Discuss the relevent literature, showing both sides of the debate
- conclude paper with a conclusion that one side or the other appears to
be correct, referring to your earlier paragraphs for support.
- Off shoring of IT: good or bad for an American company in the
- The use or Microsoft, or Linux in a new corperate environement,
which would you reccomend for stability, reliablity, and total cost of
- Firefox (and others) vs. Microsoft Internet Explorer: Some
pundants think that the MS security problems are giving an edge to
other browsers again, read, report and answer, do you?
- Digital downloads: What is a fair and effective way of
distributing software/music etc over the internet while allowing
producers of such content to make a living off of their intellectual
- Your grandmother/other older relative wants to buy a new
computer. She needs to be able send and receive email, play the movie
files of you and your siblings exploits that your parents will insist
on sending her, and surf the web for information on her hobby of
choice. She needs her computer to be easy to use, not crash and not
have to be updated. You can assume that some computer-savvy friend can
help setup for her, but will not be available to do updates. Reccomend
a hardware and software system for her citing reviews and
recommendations to back up your assertions.
- Some other computer oriented topic which has a definate question
to be answered, run it by your instructor first.
There are lots of places on the web to try to look for information
about a topic; Several are suggested below. These are just possible
jumping off points. You can use any four citable sources.