Compsci 82, Fall 2009, Reading Synopses
Find examples of synopsese earning scores of 4
and 2 here.
Each of you will turn in
three synopses on the group
of readings for the group you're a member of. Each group will turn in
three required synopses, there will be an opportunity to turn in extra
synopses as well.
You'll turn in a synopsis as indicated on the syllabus page , you can find your group
from the groups page.
For Compsci 82, a synopsis should incorporate both a summary of
what you've read and your reaction to the topic discussed
in the readings. The summary should include what you think the
main points are as they relate to technical, social, legal and
ethical aspects of the Internet and technology. The reaction
should be your own thoughts and reaction to what you have read.
The summary serves two purposes: for you to demonstrate that you've read
and understood the material and to help you better grasp the readings by
the process of condensing them into a much smaller form. You should
decide what the main ideas of the readings are and summarize them. The
main ideas might be factual or informational, but they might be
argumentative in terms of taking a stance about an issue. Your summary
should make it clear what you think the main ideas are and that you've
understood something of the technical, social, legal, and ethical
aspects of the readings. Not all readings will have all of those
aspects, but you should work to incorporate these aspects whenever possible.
Your reaction to the readings is what you think about the readings. For
readings that are primarily informational or factual your reaction could
include questions raised by the readings, issues you would like to
understand in more depth, or aspects you thought the papers/authors
conveyed well or poorly --- with justification for your reactions.
For readings that are more argumentative, persuasive, or positional
(rather than being primarily factual) you should react to what the authors
are saying based on your own knowledge and experience. You're not
expected to do more research or readings, but to react and explain your
thoughts, feelings, questions about what you've read.
In evaluating a synopsis we're looking for a good summary that makes it
clear you've read and understood the articles/papers. The main ideas you
summarize should be recognizable as such to others who have read the
materials. Your synopsis might be for several related readings --- we'll
evaluate the summary part of your synopsis based on how well you combine
and synthesize the big ideas. The summary should go beyond merely
restating ideas --- think of it as an abstract of the entire work or
works you've read.
Your reaction should be justified to some extent. We're interested in
your thoughts and feelings about the readings, but we'd like to know
why you've reacted to the readings in the way you indicate in