World Music in
All general education courses
at SDSU require a "writing component." The writing component in World
Music in Contemporary Life represents 10% of the student's course grade. Submission of the paper will be on the due date (see course Event Schedule) and will be handed in during class.
Details of Writing Component
- Demonstrate what you have learned in the course in your Writing Component. REPEAT: DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED IN THE COURSE IN YOUR WRITING COMPONENT. Use course concepts knowledgably, use musical terminology correctly, and write in a manner that suggests your experience in the Music 345 course.
- Choose a title for the writing component.
- Research the subject on the WWW using a search engine such as Google (www.google.com), or Yahoo (www.yahoo.com), et al. Find a minimum of five URLs (web addresses) associated with the subject, which may include those in the course textbook.
- "URL" is an acronym for "Uniform Resource Location." It is the World Wide Web equivalent of a street address. It is the "address" of a World Wide Web site. It is also know by other names such as "Address" or "Location" and is specific to a "web browser" two versions of which are "Internet Explorer" by the Microsoft Corporation (www.microsoft.com) and "Netscape Communicator" by the Netscape Corporation (www.netscape.com). Some examples of URLs from the Music 345 course are:
1. Course Materials Home Page: <http://trumpet.sdsu.edu/M345/logan_M345.html>
2. Syllabus: <http://trumpet.sdsu.edu/M345/logan_M345_SYL.html>
3. Textbook: <http://trumpet.sdsu.edu/M345/logan_M345_MOW.html>.
- You may detail the culture or time period from which the information comes and speak about what has been found from the cultural perspective.
- Write in a clear, understandable style.
- Spelling and punctuation are important and should be checked and double-checked before offering the "writing components" for evaluation.
- Be sure to compose your writing component with your own words. Do not copy and paste text directly from a web site into your writing component (This is plagarism!). You may use quotations from references if the text is in quotation marks and the author is properly given credit before or after the quotation. All writing components found with segments of copied text that are not properly cited will receive a "0."
- Be sure that every link that you provide as a reference works properly. Each missing or incorrect reference will result in a 5% deduction from your writing component grade. Thus, a writing component without any citation of URLs would begin with a grade of 75% and additional errors in the essay would be deducted from this starting point.
- URLs that you provide as the citation of sources for your essay should be unique. In other words, your paper should not cite links pulled from the same root web site. (For example: www.madonna.com/biography and www.madonna.com/albums are essentially the SAME root URL of www.madonna.com; these two calls would NOT be viewed as two URL citations, rather they are just different locations within the same root web site).
- Cite references below the text of your writing component in a numbered list. Cite the reference by number in your text.
Suggestions for Improving Student Writing ... in No Particular Order
- Avoid ending sentences with prepositions
- Proof your work
- Use a spell-checker
- Many English-used-as-a-second-language students fail to use articles "the" and "a" correctly. If you fall into this group, please be aware of this as an issue while creating your writing componet.
- Try to avoid writing like you speak. Write in a manner that causes you to be able to be understood.
Grading of Writing Component
The course writing component comprises 10% of the student's final course grade. Superior writing will earn full credit while writing of lesser merit will earn less according to its quality.