ECON 321 Public and Technical Write-ups
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ECON 321 Public and Technical Write-ups
ECON 321 Summer 2018 Group Assignment
Public and Technical Write-ups
What is it?
For the public write-up, you’re writing a short description of the economic history of your site for a general audience. Imagine that someone is visiting your site in person, and pulls up the Economic History Tour app on their phone: what would they want to read? What would YOU want to read?
To show you understand the economics behind what you’re studying, you must also include a short technical write-up that covers the same material, but has an economist as the intended audience. It doesn’t have to be very long, but it should demonstrate that you understand how to answer your research question using economics, and can discuss your results
Your public write-up should…
- Summarize the economic historical importance of the site.
- Answer your research question.
- Be INTERESTING to the general public – test it out by sharing it with friends and family! If they’re bored or don’t understand it, you should probably change something.
- Be 1,000 words or less. (Would YOU want to read a 5,000 word entry?)
You DON’T have to cover the WHOLE economic history of your site. If there’s one particularly interesting story you want to tell, go for it! You just need to make sure that you explain the economic historical relevance of the story, and that the story is an answer to your research question.
If you’re not sure about the tone, pretend you’re writing the article for a newspaper’s weekend edition, or a general interest web site.
What do you need to hand in?
- (1%) Your Group Name, Group Members, Site and Research Question.
- (70%) Your public write-up.
- No jargon/technical language; readable by the general public
- 1,000 words or less (my sample answer is under 500 words)
- Answers research question using sound economic thinking
- Summarizes economic historical relevance
- Is focused on economic history (as opposed to art history, botany, etc.)
- (20%) A technical write-up showing me you understand and can discuss the economics behind your site.
- Correctly uses economic models you have learned throughout your studies of economics at UVic to understand the economic history of your site.
- 1,000 words or less (can be MUCH less)
- Answers your research question using sound economic thinking
- (9%) The sources used to research your write-up, cited in APA form.
- At least 3 (yes, they can all be sources you’ve used before – in fact, I expect it!)
- At least 1 of the 3 sources is a primary source (newspaper from the right time period, diary, archival source, etc.).
A few tips for the public writeup :
Your write-up should answer the ‘WH’ questions: Who? What? When? Where? How? Why?
You should avoid jargon or technical language as much as possible. Think of your audience! Pretend you’re writing for a smart high schooler or an elderly tourist.
’Jargon’ can include names & dates without context:
Which is better?
- ‘1858’ or ‘1858, the first year of the gold rush’?
- ‘James Douglas’, or ‘Sir James Douglas, first governor of BC and former fur trader for the Hudson’s Bay Company’?
Names and dates mean NOTHING by themselves – add a bit of context that will make your audience understand and be interested in those. If you can’t find any reason why they should care, consider not mentioning them.
‘Maybe you should lead with that…’
Good guideline: is there a Tweetable moment?
Could you make a compelling headline for your article that fits in a tweet and would make people WANT to read more?
Bad (Boring) idea: “The first dedicated Chinese hospital was built in Victoria in 1899. By 1922 it was in need of repairs. Donations of over $7,500 from Chinese businesses on Vancouver Island paid for renovations that were completed in October of that year.”
Better idea: “THE CHINESE DEAD HOUSE[footnoteRef:1]” is what the Daily Colonist called the first Chinese hospital in 1893. Six years later, it was time for a change. [1: The Daily Colonist, February 19, 1893, p.7. Note: the 1893 ‘hospital’ was in fact just a ‘Taipingfang’ 太平⽅or hospice room, so the two texts don’t contradict each other.]
QUALITY OF RESPONSE NO RESPONSE POOR / UNSATISFACTORY SATISFACTORY GOOD EXCELLENT Content (worth a maximum of 50% of the total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 20 points out of 50: The essay illustrates poor understanding of the relevant material by failing to address or incorrectly addressing the relevant content; failing to identify or inaccurately explaining/defining key concepts/ideas; ignoring or incorrectly explaining key points/claims and the reasoning behind them; and/or incorrectly or inappropriately using terminology; and elements of the response are lacking. 30 points out of 50: The essay illustrates a rudimentary understanding of the relevant material by mentioning but not full explaining the relevant content; identifying some of the key concepts/ideas though failing to fully or accurately explain many of them; using terminology, though sometimes inaccurately or inappropriately; and/or incorporating some key claims/points but failing to explain the reasoning behind them or doing so inaccurately. Elements of the required response may also be lacking. 40 points out of 50: The essay illustrates solid understanding of the relevant material by correctly addressing most of the relevant content; identifying and explaining most of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology; explaining the reasoning behind most of the key points/claims; and/or where necessary or useful, substantiating some points with accurate examples. The answer is complete. 50 points: The essay illustrates exemplary understanding of the relevant material by thoroughly and correctly addressing the relevant content; identifying and explaining all of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology explaining the reasoning behind key points/claims and substantiating, as necessary/useful, points with several accurate and illuminating examples. No aspects of the required answer are missing. Use of Sources (worth a maximum of 20% of the total points). Zero points: Student failed to include citations and/or references. Or the student failed to submit a final paper. 5 out 20 points: Sources are seldom cited to support statements and/or format of citations are not recognizable as APA 6th Edition format. There are major errors in the formation of the references and citations. And/or there is a major reliance on highly questionable. The Student fails to provide an adequate synthesis of research collected for the paper. 10 out 20 points: References to scholarly sources are occasionally given; many statements seem unsubstantiated. Frequent errors in APA 6th Edition format, leaving the reader confused about the source of the information. There are significant errors of the formation in the references and citations. And/or there is a significant use of highly questionable sources. 15 out 20 points: Credible Scholarly sources are used effectively support claims and are, for the most part, clear and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition is used with only a few minor errors. There are minor errors in reference and/or citations. And/or there is some use of questionable sources. 20 points: Credible scholarly sources are used to give compelling evidence to support claims and are clearly and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition format is used accurately and consistently. The student uses above the maximum required references in the development of the assignment. Grammar (worth maximum of 20% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 5 points out of 20: The paper does not communicate ideas/points clearly due to inappropriate use of terminology and vague language; thoughts and sentences are disjointed or incomprehensible; organization lacking; and/or numerous grammatical, spelling/punctuation errors 10 points out 20: The paper is often unclear and difficult to follow due to some inappropriate terminology and/or vague language; ideas may be fragmented, wandering and/or repetitive; poor organization; and/or some grammatical, spelling, punctuation errors 15 points out of 20: The paper is mostly clear as a result of appropriate use of terminology and minimal vagueness; no tangents and no repetition; fairly good organization; almost perfect grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage. 20 points: The paper is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read as a result of appropriate and precise use of terminology; total coherence of thoughts and presentation and logical organization; and the essay is error free. Structure of the Paper (worth 10% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 3 points out of 10: Student needs to develop better formatting skills. The paper omits significant structural elements required for and APA 6th edition paper. Formatting of the paper has major flaws. The paper does not conform to APA 6th edition requirements whatsoever. 5 points out of 10: Appearance of final paper demonstrates the student’s limited ability to format the paper. There are significant errors in formatting and/or the total omission of major components of an APA 6th edition paper. They can include the omission of the cover page, abstract, and page numbers. Additionally the page has major formatting issues with spacing or paragraph formation. Font size might not conform to size requirements. The student also significantly writes too large or too short of and paper 7 points out of 10: Research paper presents an above-average use of formatting skills. The paper has slight errors within the paper. This can include small errors or omissions with the cover page, abstract, page number, and headers. There could be also slight formatting issues with the document spacing or the font Additionally the paper might slightly exceed or undershoot the specific number of required written pages for the assignment. 10 points: Student provides a high-caliber, formatted paper. This includes an APA 6th edition cover page, abstract, page number, headers and is double spaced in 12’ Times Roman Font. Additionally, the paper conforms to the specific number of required written pages and neither goes over or under the specified length of the paper.
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