CS373 Writing Evaluation Form

CS373 Writing Evaluation Form

Use this checklist to assure you are submitting your best work.

Your assignment is graded on a five-point scale for each of the following ten writing rules. An additional 50 points is graded for overall paper quality.

Rule #1: Assume your reader is intelligent but ignorant.

  • Did you write an introduction?
  • Did you provide context. Ask “Is my paper only understandable by experts?”

Rule #2: Create a well-defined story arc.

  1. Tell them what you will say.
  2. Say it.
  3. Tell them what you said, and more.

Use the conclusion to make your final clear points, synthesizing content and drawing out implicit points.

Rule #3: Define all terms and acronyms.

  • Use the format New Acronym (NA).
  • Provide a description of new terms when you first use them.

Rule #4: Use plain language, avoid jargon, make each word count.

  • Avoid informal language, contractions, slang and imprecise terms.
  • Use “We” not “I”, even though you are the only author.
  • Use concise sentences.
  • Remember our motto: “Enough words, no more.”
  • Do a final EWNM iteration before submitting.

Rule #5 : Make consistent use of terms and notation.

  • Read through your document to make sure you are defining and consistently using terms.

Rule #6 : Use pictures, charts and graphs.

  • A picture is worth a thousand words, or more. Use them.
  • Provide a descriptive caption that explains the figure or table. 2 - 3 sentences.
  • Goal for final paper: All figures, charts, graphs are your creations.

Rule #7 : Use examples to explain complex ideas.

  • Any complex topic can benefit from providing a concrete example.
  • But make sure the example is truly relevant.

Rule #8: Search the literature and cite other works.

  • You can use a wide variety of resources: Peer-reviewed articles, blogs, videos, podcasts, on-demand courses.
  • You should have an ever-growing set of high-quality references that you have assimilated.
    • 5 for PSOTF.
    • 5 for Survey.
    • 10 for Technical Analysis.
    • 5 for Future Trends.
    • 15 for SOTF.

Rule #9: Provide document structure (See notes below).

  • Headings (Sections, subsections, etc.).
  • Bulleted, numbered lists.

to provide clarity, conciseness and information hierarchy.

LaTeX provides excellent support for these document elements.

Rule #10: Provide guidance (See notes below).

  • Table of Contents.
  • List of Figures, list of Tables.
  • Index and Glossary.

LaTeX provides these elements as well!


  • Rule #9 is required for Technical Analysis and Final SOTF paper only.
  • Rule #10 is required for Final SOTF paper only.