Technical Report Requirements for Information Systems
Technical Report Requirements – Grading Rubric
Requirements described in Week 5 – No report submitted – grade is zero
Plagiarized papers will receive a grade of zero and the Dean of Students will be notified.
Use the format of the article from Week 1 as a guide for your paper.
Do not number the pages and do not put a header or footer in the paper.
5 Title at the top of the first page (no title page and no table of contents)
Use your name as the author followed by the University information.
Your Name, Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, A&M-Commerce
10 2 pts for each required heading which should be at the left margin (not centered).
Headings in the paper include the following: Do not capitalize the entire word
Abstract – bold font
Keywords– bold font
Introduction– bold font
Other major headings as needed– bold font
Subheadings as needed– use bold font
Conclusions– bold font
References– bold font
Do not use Roman numerals in the paper to number any heading; major headings are not numbered
5 Use acronyms when needed. For the first use of an acronym, type the complete phrase followed by the acronym in parentheses. For example, Bring Your Own Pencil (BYOP). After the first use of the phrase and acronym, you can just use the acronym.
20 number of pages 2 points/page – (less than 5 pages: -5pts per page missing)
Minimum of 10 pages single-spaced – not including tables, figures and references
Times New Roman 12 point
5 Standard margins – 1in top, bottom, left and right. Do not justify the alignment of the paper.
Do not use two columns as in the example article
15 ‘ In text ” citations – appropriate number of citations based on concepts included in the paper.
The in text citations must be in APA format. There must be at least one in text citation for each reference in the paper. Many paragraphs will contain (depending on content of the paragraph) more than one citation; a citation for a specific reference could appear multiple times in the paper.
No in text citations: paper will not be accepted (grade will be zero)
5 Tables must be identified as a Table with a number and title after the table
Figures must be identified as a Figure with a number and title after the figure
Images must be identifies as an Image with a number and title after the image.
For each of the three items that are included in the paper the first number will be 1 and each item is numbered independently. The next occurrence of a specific item will be the next larger integer.
If you did not create the table or figure, you must include an ‘in text’ citation so the reader can identify the source of the figure or table.
15 References – APA format must be used for the format.
References at the end must be in alphabetic order – see article from Week 1 for indentation format for the complete reference. For each reference in the list, you must have at least one ‘in text’ citation in APA format. If you do not cite a paper then do not include it in the reference list. This will be checked. In the reference list, the first line of the reference will be at the left margin and all remaining lines for each reference will be indented 5 spaces. All references must have a URL that is a hyperlink. References will be checked to see if they are valid.
10 Grammatical errors
10 Spelling Errors