STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES FOR WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS

by Marilyn D. Johnson
Econ 452
Spring 2003

Overview
Resources
Submitting Assignments
Grading

Overview

The written assignments are intended to help you learn to express yourself more clearly, coherently, appropriately, and correctly. This is something that successful business people need to know how to do. It's also expected of educated people. In our culture, poor communication skills leave the reader or listener with a lasting negative impression.

You can't learn to write or to improve your writing by studying the theory of writing. You learn to write by writing.

To improve your writing, you must be held to high standards. As in all endeavors, sluggards and cheaters get nowhere. You have to work at it. You especially have to learn to be willing to rewrite. Good writing requires rewriting. If you question this, try cutting the number of words in the first draft of any composition in half -- retaining all of your essential information, of course. Then cut it in half again. Most people notice a huge improvement when they do this. It cuts the clutter. If this doesn't work for you, then just keep writing and rewriting until you have said what you want to say the best you can say it.

What is "good" writing? In general, it's:

Resources

There are many good books available in the library and in any bookstore that will help you write better. You are strongly encouraged to read at least one before writing your assignments. Here are some classics:

Submitting Assignments

All assignments must be submitted by e-mail as an attachment. You must use Microsoft Word. Please type Econ 452 in the subject line of all e-mails. This will alert me to give your message priority status.

You are expected to submit work that is free of viruses, worms, and other technological nightmares. Please do a scan before you submit your work. I will put a lot of effort into thinking up hideous, disgusting punishment for anyone who messes up my computer. :-(

All assignments must be submitted on the due date. There will be no exceptions.

Grading

I will grade each assignment primarily for style, but also for content (in conjunction with Professor Reiley)


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