Assignment #5 - Paper on a Data Communications System

Due Date: October 24 (Part 1) and December 58 (Part 2)

Value: 14 points total


  1. Post your abstract (due with Assignment 3) for approval by the course instructor.
  2. Post your paper as a MS WORD document to the correct course forum.

Part 1 - Topic Selection, Abstract, and Instructor Approval (4 pts)

Part 2 - Paper (10 pts)

This is a formal paper. Please follow these common rules:

  1. Avoid personalizing the paper and avoid using the word, "I". Although you are posting a final copy, this paper should not be in the form and tone of your discussions posts.
  2. This is a research/informational paper, do not include opinions until the conclusion of the paper. This means avoiding, "I think" and "I believe" in the main body of the text.
  3. All statement of fact and any conclusions must be based on facts, which means facts and conclusions should be referenced in APA format.
  4. Review the rules on APA grammar especially the comma rule.
  5. If you do not know how to make an APA reference, please don't guess. The online APA reference and using google should be able to get you to the correct format of a reference. APA also offers a tutorial.
  6. As this is a research paper, you must have references. To avoid plagiarism, take careful notes as you research to keep track of all sources and collect the information you need to cite them properly. When your final paper is run through turnitin, then anything it finds as existing materials from the Internet or another paper is perfectly valid if you have cited/referenced the information. This final paper is about learning something new and writing about it in order to create new knowledge that is shared. While the paper needs to be in your words (i.e. don't copy and paste), we expect that you have had to research the information in the paper, thus requiring references to be cited.

Elements of the paper assignment include: