New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
College of Computing Sciences (CCS)
CIS485-451/CIS 786-851: World Wide Web Standards, Fall 2001
Professor: Michael Bieber

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Individual Project Report Format & Grading

This document describes the format for your individual project final written report (Part 1) and the grading criteria. The project itself is described in the actual assignment posted on the course Web site.

Your report should have the following sections:

  1. Introduction
  2. Detailed Study (can have multiple subsections)
  3. Comparative Analysis
  4. Speculations
  5. Recommendations
  6. Conclusion
  7. References
  8. Appendices and Technical Appendices (if appropriate)


The grading point breakdown is:

Unless otherwise noted, the grading categories used below are:

Section: Introduction (5)

Grading: great - 5; good - 4; ok - 3; poor - 1


Section(s): Detailed Study (20)

This is the main part of your report.


Grading: great - 20; good - 16; ok - 12; poor - 8 or less


Section: Comparative Analysis (10)

Most of the topics people have selected for this project involve multiple standards or a set of standards. Please do a detailed comparative analysis of these. (If your project has no possibility of comparative analysis, please explain this explicitly in a note to me attached to your project. If I agree, then I will leave this section out of the grading. You can also check with me in advance if you have any question about this.)

Where to place this:

You may choose to integrate this comparitive analysis throughout your detailed study section. If so, in this "Comparative Analysis" section you should put a review, summary, overview or table of the comparative analysis found elsewhere in your report.

Grading: great - 10; good - 7; ok - 4; poor - 2


Section: Speculations (10)

Grading: great - 10; good - 7; ok - 4; poor - 2


Section: Recommendations (15)

Grading: 8 points for each recommendation, covering the four bullet points described in the assignment.


Section: Conclusion (5)

Please do not give a summary repeating what you have already written. Instead provide an insightful set of final thoughts about your topic. Leave the reader inspired about your topic and analysis. For example, you could end with a vision of the future if your standards are fully agreed upon and properly deployed...

Grading: great - 5; good - 3; ok - 2; poor - 1
Just a summary: 2 points


Section: Appendices and Technical Appendices (if appropriate)

Any detailed information that would clog down the main report, such as technical details. These are outside the 12 page count.


Section: References (5, and also negative points)

This section lists all references you cited in the rest of your report. (Be sure to use citation markers (e.g., [Bieber & Vitali, 1997] or [NY Times 5/20/01] for articles or [Sun URL] for Web sites) inside your report whenever you refer to a reference. Do not list references you have not referred to.

Then in this reference section you should give the details for each reference:

Explain Your References

Explicitly refer to each of your references within your paper. Do not simply mention them, but write at least 2 sentences explaining why each reference is relevant as part of your paper.

References Grading:


Other Aspects of your Project Report

Overall Quality (25)

Is the answer thorough, well thought-through and insightful?

Is the answer clear?

Does it not repeat much information from the course Web site, beyond a summary?

Grading: great - 25; good - 21; ok - 15; poor - 10 or less


Justify, Justify (5)

You must justify your findings in your written reports. Readers should be able to ask "why" at any reasonable point and find a satisfactory answer.

Grading: great - 5; good - 3; ok - 2; poor - 1


Editing (negative points)

Spell Checking and Grammar Checking

You have to be able to express yourself clearly for others to understand you and your ideas. Proofread and check the grammar of your work . Make sure it would be clear to every member of the class. All word processors come with spell checkers. In addition, most include grammar checkers. Note that spell checking is but a small part of proofreading. Ewe can still use ungood grammar even if the spell checker does knot find any spelling miss takes.

Style: Pitch to your Audience

Aim your written report at an audience of professionals who are only computer-semiliterate to your classmates. Explain all technical terminology and concepts clearly.

Editing Grading

Have the answer been prooofread? Are the spelling and grammar correct? (Fully explain any points taken off!)

Grading (maximum of 5 points off):


Length (negative points)

Your report should be at least 12 pages long, using Times New Roman font size 12 single spaced, 1 inch margins and without large gaps between sections. (It doesn't have to be in Microsoft Word, however.)

This page amount does not include your title page, illustrations, long or numerous tables, reference list and appendices.

Grading: minus 1 point per every two pages missing.


Extra Credit (up to 5 points)

Was the answer exceptional in some way?



Plain Format

Please do not put your project report in a special folder. Please either staple it together or use a binder clip. Please use black and white, unless you absolutely need color.


Project Report Checklist:

My full project report includes:

_ introduction

_ outline

_ explicit comparative analysis, including perhaps a summary in a special comparative analysis section

_ speculations beyond the basic information

_ 2+ Recommendations, which I discuss according to the project guidelines

_ a conclusion, not just a summary

_ I have fully justified every point made

_ explicit references in the report body to every citation

_ I have thoroughly proofread the report; I have not just spell checked it

_ I have stapled or fastened the report with a binder clip and it is not in a fancy folder


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