Lecture, Week 14

We covered the following topics and links in this week’s lecture:

  • Please complete SET (now until May 14)
  • Wrapping Things Up
  • Maintain Communication, Don’t Drop the Ball, Follow Through on Commitments
  • Review How the Collaborative Project Fits Together
    • Create Post on our OpenLab Course Site to Submit a link to your team’s OpenLab Project Site
      • Links to your OpenLab Project Site (Website)
        • Your OpenLab Project Site
          • Link to Shared/Viewable Version of Research Report
          • Embed Presentation Video
          • Summarize Research Report across separate pages for Problem, Solutions, and Recommendations
          • Include an “About Us” page with bios, headshots, and links for all participating team members
    • Email Prof. Ellis your Individual Report on Collaboration (250-500 words)
  • Catch up on Individual Projects and email Prof. Ellis if submitted late or revised
  • Job Search Advice
  • Everything in the class is due Wednesday, May 19
  • Late work is accepted by Tuesday, May 25 (email Prof. Ellis by May 19 to ask for this extra time)
  • Prof. Ellis will have office hours Wed., May 12 and Wed., May 19

Lecture, Week 13

Material covered in this week’s lecture:

Don McMillan’s “Life After Death by Powerpoint”

Purdue OWL APA Site: Sample Paper (click on Sample Professional Paper for example)

Zoom Video Tutorials

OpenLab Help:


  • Official due date for all current and make-up work is Wednesday, May 19.
  • Last day that Prof. Ellis can accept late work is Tuesday, May 25 (students must email Prof. Ellis before May 19 to request this extension)
  • Please remember to complete the Student Evaluation of Teaching (open until May 14–check your campus email)

Lecture, Week 12

Useful links mentioned in this week’s lecture:

Lecture, Week 11

  • Extra credit: Literary Arts Festival
  • Continue Collaborative, Team-Based Project
  • Team Communication (follow-up)
  • Research Report
  • Discuss Homework (conduct and compile research for report) and Weekly Writing Assignment (each team member should independently write a short memo describing what research they will contribute/have found so far for the team’s research report)

Lecture, Week 10

In addition the Google Drive folder detailed in this week’s Weekly Writing Assignment below, you should create a second Google Doc within that shared folder that you will use for writing your Research Report. It can also be used to collect your notes, research, and reference entries. Be sure to document all of your research so that quotes are properly quoted and given parenthetical citations and a bibliographic entry in APA format is added to the References list at the end. You can copy the following outline into this document as a guide for the general layout of your Research Report:

Introduction (topic and why your report is important) 

Objectives of the research (what were you attempting to do?) 

Method (methodology–what kinds of research did you do, how did you do it, and why is the research sound?) 

Results (what did you find in your research? facts, quotes, figures, interviews, surveys, etc.) 

Discussion (how do you interpret your results? what story does your data tell us? results and discussion can be combined, but title this section appropriately if you do so) 

Conclusions (what conclusions do you draw from your results and discussion? what is the significance of what you discovered?) 

Recommendations (what do you think should be done to solve the research problem based on your research? this section is what all of your work is leading up to.)


Also, here are some resources and examples that I discussed in this week’s lecture to help you with writing and designing your analytical research report.

Lecture, Week 9

Instruction Manual Project

This week, you will want to reply all to the email that I send to each team for peer review of your instruction manuals. Pay attention to the names in your email, because I have reassigned some students to different teams due to some teams losing members. If you see a new name in your team, please welcome that person, and if you are a new member to a team, please introduce yourself to your new teammates.

As discussed in today’s lecture, here is an example of an instruction manual for your final layout before circulating in peer review.

Collaborative, Team-Based Project

While we are wrapping up your individual Instruction Manual projects, we are going to begin working on your Collaborative, Team-Based Project so that you have as much time as possible to complete this important set of interconnected assignments that will carry us to the end of the semester.

Below, I have mapped out the Collaborative, Team-Based Project diagrammatically.

The Collaborative, Team-Based Project is comprised of these assignments:

  • Collaborative: 4000-6000-Word Analytical Research Report, 15%
    • Each team member contributes 1000-1500-word contribution to a 4000-6000-word analytical research report on a scientific or technological problem that demonstrates: 1) knowledge of the history and context of the problem, 2) knowledge of the causes and nature of the problem, 3) ideas for solving the problem, 4) the ability to explain the problem and offer possible solutions to a general audience, 5) the ability to integrate written work with the written work of a partner or partners in a coherent report, and 6) knowledge of proper research report format. At least six library-sourced citations must be included (non-library-sourced citations are encouraged, but they do not count toward the six library-sourced sources). Any outside sources cited should be documented according to APA format.
  • Collaborative: Seven-to-Ten-Minute Oral Analytical Research Report on a Scientific or Technological Problem, 10%
    • The goal of this part of the project is to transform your written report into an spoken presentation anchored by a PowerPoint or other visual presentation supplement. As a team, adapt and present your analytical research report as an oral presentation that demonstrates: 1) knowledge of oral presentation techniques and conventions, 2) the ability to organize a presentation effectively, 3) the ability to incorporate various media into the presentation, including appropriate computer software, 4) awareness of audience, 5) the ability to communicate the value of the product or service in clear spoken English, 6) the ability to answer audience questions, 7) the ability to collaborate productively with a partner or partners, and 8) the ability to explain the problem and offer possible solutions to a general audience.
  • Collaborative: Website Advertising a Product or Service Responding to the Analytical Research Report and Oral Presentation, 10%
    • The goal of this part of the collaborative project is to imagine a service or product that your team can offer that is related to your research report and oral presentation, both of which will be featured on the website in some way. The website should demonstrate: 1) knowledge of the product or service offered, of pertinent market forces, and of the potential customer base, 2) basic knowledge of web page design and composition, including appropriate software. The website will be based on your presentation and it is encouraged to be integrated into your presentation (perhaps to demonstrate how your team is promoting your product or service). All graphics, logos, design, and text must be created by your team.
  • Individual: 250-500-Word Reflection on Collaboration, 5%
    • At the end of the collaborative project, each student will have an opportunity to submit their own 250-500-word Reflection on Collaboration directly to Prof. Ellis via email. This document should include a discussion of challenges faced and overcome (or not) by the team, their contribution to the project, and the contribution of their teammates to the project. The instructor will consider these documents when assigning grades on the collaborative project.

The main part of the collaborative project is the research report. It anchors everything else. It should be completed first and adapted or transformed for use in the other deliverables: the website and the presentation. The report, website, and presentation will be submitted on our OpenLab Course Site. You will find the work done on earlier projects, such as article summarization, defining terms, and using proper citation formats, will all be in play on this project.

Each team member should keep a log in their notebook about the work that they contribute to the project as well as their observations about other team members’ contributions. These notes will inform an individual report that each team member will submit directly to Prof. Ellis via email as the Reflection on Collaboration.

Think of each of the following projects as part of an interconnected larger project. Each team member should contribute to each part, but individual team members may take the lead on one part versus the others depending on their skill set and interests. For example, one team member may take the lead on the research report and collect contributions from the other team members for the first draft, and another team member may take the lead on the presentation or the website.

Lecture, Week 8

Some reminders for Week 8:

  • Spring Recess is next week, so there is no lecture or assignments next week. Keep working on your Instruction Manual and be prepared for peer review when we return to class on Wed., April 7.
  • I have a meeting time conflict this week during our regular office hour time, so I am accepting appointments for office hours this week. Email me with your availability if you’d like to talk about anything relating to the class.
  • Also, if you have any questions about the class or assignments, don’t hesitate to reach out by email at jellis at citytech.cuny.edu.

Lecture, Week 6

During this week’s lecture, I discussed peer review for the Expanded Definition Project, and I introduced the Instruction Manual Project.

After watching the lecture, scroll down for the Weekly Writing Assignment, and watch for the team emails for peer review (remember to click “Reply All”).

Below are example instruction manuals that you can refer for examples and ideas about how to approach your own instruction manual project.

Examples by Prof. Ellis:

Examples from other sources: