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All About the Capstone Project
Your final project in FCCS 1100 integrates the computing skills developed throughout the 10-week course. The project involves several components:
Researching a technology topic on-line through an Internet browser, using web-based search engines and Galileo
Organizing your research and writing a research paper using MS-WORD
Creating a PowerPoint presentation that summarizes your research paper
Using your PowerPoint presentation to present in (Week 10)
Submit a hard copy of your research paper per the syllabus due date (Week 8)
Specifics and Requirements:
1. Decide on a technology research topic. You can choose a topic from the provided Examples or one of your own choosing. Please e-mail me your topic to D2L before midnight, Friday, September 1, 2017. If I don't receive your idea for a topic by this date, your final project grade will be reduced by 5 percent (%)!
2. When you start your research, find at least 5 web sites with two Galileo sources related to your topic. At least two of the five required web sources must be from Galileo. You may use books, magazines, interviews, journals, and newspaper articles in addition to the on-line sources. Be sure to save the web addresses from your sources to include in your “Works Cited” page when you write your paper. (It is a good idea to create the Works Cited page first) (No Wikipedia)
3. Type your paper in MS-WORD, using the MLA style discussed in your MS-WORD 2013 eBook. Your paper must contain at least three double-spaced pages. An incomplete third page will have points deducted! Use one-inch margins for (top, bottom, left, and right). Use a font size of 12 and a suggested font style of Verdana. Number all the pages of your paper, again using the MLA style described in your textbook. Parenthetical citations are required for each source used. Example: (Dean) Footnotes may be included and are optional.
4. You must include a “Works Cited” page that lists all your research sources. Some examples for formatting your source entries are as follows: MLA recommends the inclusion of URL’s also containing Galileo database names to show the location of your Internet sources. Please visit the following site for clarification: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/
Works Cited: Author's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Document." (Use quotes or italics) Title of Work. Version or File Number. Publisher. Document date or date of last revision. URL containing Galileo Database name. (Date of Access).
The following is an example of how the Works Cited page is formatted, using double spacing, hanging indent, and alphabetical order:
"Blueprint Lays Out Clear Path for Climate Action." Environmental Defense Fund. Environmental Defense Fund, 8 May 2007. Accessed 24 May 2009.
Citation format to be used in the body of the paper (Blueprint Lays Out)
Bruton, Michael. “WHAT DO BABIES KNOW? (Cover Story).” Time South Pacific (Australia/New Zealand edition) (2007): 74-75. MasterFILE Premier. http://search.ebscohost.com. Accessed 9 Jan. 2017.
Citation format to be used in the body of the paper (Bruton) - the Author’s last name.
Clinton, Bill. Interview by Andrew C. Revkin. “Clinton on Climate Change.” New York Times. New York Times, May 2007. Accessed 9 Jan. 2017.
Dean, Cornelia. "Executive on a Mission: Saving the Planet." New York Times. New York Times, 22 May 2007. Accessed 9 Jan. 2017.
GlobalWarming.org. Cooler Heads Coalition, 2007. Accessed 9 Jan. 2017.
Gowdy, John. "Avoiding Self-organized Extinction: Toward a Co-evolutionary Economics of Sustainability." International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology 14.1 (2007): 27-36. Print.
Milken, Michael, Gary Becker, Myron Scholes, and Daniel Kahneman. "On Global Warming and Financial Imbalances." New Perspectives Quarterly 23.4 (2006): 63. Print.
** An OPTIONAL MLA STYLE AND ORDER has the sources separated and in alphabetical order for Galileo, Internet, and others.
Galileo URL Sources:
Anderson, J. "Keats in Harlem." New Republic 204.14 (8 Apr. 2004): URL: page n. Online. EBSCO [Name of Database]. Accessed 9 Jan. 2017.
Internet URL Sources:
Burka, Lauren P. "A Hypertext History of Multi-User Dimensions." MUD History. (5 Dec. 2004). http://www.ccs.neu.edu/home/lpb/mud-history.html.
Barnes, Tom. “Booze Binge Fad Alarming Colleges.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 16 Apr. 2005: A1. LexisNexis Academic. Accesssed 27 Nov. 2008.
Poe, Marshall. “The Hive.” Atlantic Monthly Sept. 2006: 86-95. ProQuest. Accessed 27 Nov. 2008.
Astin, Alexander W. Achieving Educational Excellence. Washington: Jossey-Bass, 1985.
For more information, please see the following web sites: Copy and paste the hyperlinks/URL’s into the browser address bar.
Your GHC homepage library link:
Cornell University – MLA Citation Style
Purdue Owl: A Great Source
MLA Quick Citation Guide @ Penn State
MLA Style Citation Tool:
Research and Documentation
Style Guide @ University of Washington
Sometimes it's difficult to determine all the “required” information about a web page for its documentation. In particular, the author is sometimes difficult to determine. Find as much information as possible. Be sure to include the date you accessed the information on the web and the web address (URL) should you need to return to the information later.
1. Create a PowerPoint presentation summarizing your paper. Be sure to include:
A title slide for the presentation
At least four additional slides that present the main ideas of your paper
Note: That's a total of at least 5 slides! You may include more slides if you wish, but notice below the time limit on your presentation to the class.
Format the slides including a minimum of 4 pictures/images, changing the background colors, themes, and using text animation and transition effects on all slides. Be creative. The PowerPoint presentation makes your research paper come to life! Note: Moving images does not count towards the text animation.
2. Present your PowerPoint presentation to your classmates during a 3-5 minute talk on the last day of class. It's very important that you practice your presentation in advance to make sure it fits within the required time frame. If your presentation is too long or too short (in terms of time), you lose points.
3. Submit a printed copy of the research paper in class.
Please e-mail me in D2L if you have questions about the project or about these instructions.
Remember: The final project counts for 15% of your overall grade and the research paper is due Week 8 in accordance with the syllabus.
Your project topic is due by midnight, Friday, September 1, 2017.
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All About the Capstone Project
Your final project in FCCS 1100 integrates the computing skills developed throughout the 10-week course.