Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication

Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication

This assignment requires that you use course readings and research outside of the course. You are to write a Research/Argumentative essay on the following topic:

How has computer mediated communication, like in the use of Twitter, Skype, Face-time, Facebook and other forms of social media, indirectly and/or directly affected interpersonal and intercultural communication.

You must also do the following:
1) Develop a clear and concise thesis that will be argued and proven throughout the length of your essay.
2) You must research and use at least five different sources, two of which were not covered during class and provide support for your argument from readings and discussions within class.
3) Organize your essay into coherent paragraphs, where each paragraphs discusses one main idea.
4) Use specific interpersonal and intercultural examples to support your points.
5) Your essay must be taken to the writing center for proofing before finally being submitted.
6) When being submitted, you must hand in the 1) Final Draft, 2) Rough Draft.

Criteria for Evaluating Papers
If you fulfill all the requirements of an assignment, expect a C grade. That is “average,”—what I expect all students to be able to achieve. I expect A and B students to go beyond the assignment requirements. Any paper not meeting standards will be returned un-graded. Here are my criteria for grading papers:
• An “A” paper has the following elements:
o Good, clear thesis statement.
o Good, clear arguments; each argument supported by evidence and/or plausible example.
o May offer unique arguments or evidence that others missed.
o Paper is well organized with few errors in sentence structure, spelling and mechanics. Paper has the appropriate citations for quotes and specialized information (remember – give credit where credit is due).
o Complete and informative works cited page.
• A “B” paper has the following elements:
o An adequate description of the problem.
o Thesis statement is clear, but more weakly stated than in an “A” paper.
o Advances good arguments and tries to supply evidence or example to back up each one.
o Generally a good job. Clearly written with few errors.
o Reference page is informative (if necessary).

• A “C” paper must have some description of the problem, a thesis, an argument and evidence. However, a “C” will have one or more of the following characteristics:
o Incomplete description of the problem.
o Failure to address intended audience (assumes reader knows the issue; reason or evidence left unstated).
o Weak or unclear thesis statement.
o Arguments are advanced, but they are not clearly stated, often no evidence or example is offered.
o May evidence problems with articulation of ideas, transitions, organization, or spelling and mechanics.

• A “D” paper may have one or more of the following characteristics:
o Doesn’t describe problem.
o Weakly organized, poor development of idea, little or no evidence offered in support of arguments made.
o Over quotes.
o No evidence of having read or used reference source.
o Generally sloppy with too many typos, misspelled words and poor articulation.
o No reference page.
o Inaccurate information.

• An “F”:
o Didn’t do the paper.
o Plagiarism. This is also an Honor Code violation.
o Didn’t do paper as assigned


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