Anthony J. Pennings, PhD

WRITINGS ON DIGITAL STRATEGIES, ICT ECONOMICS, AND GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS

Writing Criteria

Dr. Pennings’ General Writing Assignment Criteria

Unless otherwise specified, all essays and papers will be required to follow the rules below. Each of the 5 categories listed will be allocated equal marks. Points are divided evenly among the following criteria:

  • Organization
  • Content
  • Style
  • Research
  • Impact

In the sections below I outline some of the major elements that should be covered in each writing assignment. Remember you should always check with your individual instructor about their requirements either in class or a properly constructed email that represents you in a positive way.

These are guidelines for my assignments.

Organization
– A Good title. (Catchy but descriptive) Capitalize all major words (American style).
– Thesis statement – What is this paper about? This should be integrated into the Introduction.
– Introduction of the entire paper in the beginning – Tell me what you are going to tell me – then tell me – then tell me what you told me.
-Subheadings to help the reader (This indicates an ability to think contextually) Should include an Introduction and Conclusion.

Content
– xx-xxx pages or paragraphs (As a general rule you can write less if you narrow the topic).
– Clear focus with ideas that are clear, complete, and well suited to the audience and purpose of the assignment
– Consistent and appropriate voice.
– Do you give enough evidence to support your paper?
– Charts, statistics, quotes.
– Document file name includes your name, assignment, date.

Style
– Professional (academic) presentation (little white space, use of indentation or double spacing between paragraphs.
– Few spelling and grammatical mistakes.
– Cover page with sufficient information (date, class, assignment).
– Good paragraph development.

    – Three or more sentences per paragraph.
    – Introductory and concluding sentences. Try to conclude with a sentence that both summarizes and transitions to the next paragraph.
    – 2 or more paragraphs to a subheading. Subheading are bolded.

Research
– 2 or more citations per page (Several can be from the same source).
Tip: Try http://citationmachine.net/
– Endnotes in Indo-Arabic numbers. For help on using Endnotes for MS Word (See below).
– Bibliography listing all sources reviewed in alphabetical order.
– Web references have date accessed. Citing other social media such as blogs, emails, Facebook posts, and Tweets are becoming more important. Some web addresses may need to be shortened.
– Adhere to a major style (MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard) APA Style (Note, APA has not generally recommended endnotes, but only because it imposed additional costs on publishers. With new technology this limitation is becoming irrelevant).

Impact
– Overall impression.
– Originality.
– Relevance to the class and assignment.
– Strong finish (Tell me what you told me and why it’s important).

Don’t forget to name your paper appropriately with the instructor/reader’s perspective foremost. Include name and relevant date.

Remember that writing takes time and most importantly rewrites. Get something down and then go over it – again and again.

Resources

The Writing Center at SUNY Korea is located in A 521 to assist you with your writing assignments. The Center offers tutoring on an appointment by email and walk-in basis Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

E-MAIL:
undergraduate.writingcenter@sunykorea.ac.kr
graduate.writingcenter@sunykorea.ac.kr
or DROP IN AT THE WRITING CENTER (A521)

Tips for editing your paper.


I’m writing my first university paper. What do I need to know?

English as a Second Language

Differences of Essay Writing in English and Korean

Writing and Citation Tips

Help with APA (American Psychological Association) style

For NYU Students

St. Edwards University Writing Center

For additional help on using footnotes and endnotes for MS Word 2003, 2007, and this Youtube video for 2010

Literature Reviews

Excellent presentation on how to do a literature review.

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AnthonybwAnthony J. Pennings, PhD is a professor of global media at Hannam University in South Korea. Previously, he taught at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas and was on the faculty of New York University from 2002-2012. His first faculty position was at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

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  • About Me

    Professor and Associate Chair at State University of New York (SUNY) Korea. Recently taught at Hannam University in Daejeon, South Korea. Moved to Austin, Texas in August 2012 to join the Digital Media Management program at St. Edwards University. Spent the previous decade on the faculty at New York University teaching and researching information systems, media economics, and strategic communications.

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    anthony.pennings@gmail.com
    anthony.pennings@sunykorea.ac.kr

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