A GROUP ASSIGNMENT IN A MARKETING COURSE

PROFESSOR AMBER EPP MARKETING 305, CONSUMER BEHAVIOR  Project Overview Students will work in groups of 3-4 for this assignment. To begin the project, choose a company and select a “new” product or service being introduced …

Individual and Group Research Papers on Social Identities

PROFESSOR YOSHIKO HERRERA  POLITICAL SCIENCE 401 A Note for Other Instructors about This Assignment: This political science course about measuring identities is structured around an original research paper. The primary goal of the assignment is …

COLLABORATIVE ESSAY ASSIGNMENT IN A LITERATURE COURSE

PROFESSOR RAMZI FAWAZ ENGLISH 177 (AMERICAN FANTASY) For this final paper, you will write a ten-page collaborative essay with your group members analyzing a single cultural object (movie, book, or graphic fiction) that we have …

POSITION PAPERS FOR CHICAN@ AND LATIN@ STUDIES 330

Professor Revel Sims DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Three position papers will be assigned throughout the semester. The purpose of a position paper is to articulate an argument with supporting evidence. It describes a position …

AN ARTICLE SUMMARY ASSIGNMENT IN STATISTICS 641

DR. THOMAS COOK (DEPARTMENT OF BIOSTATISTICS AND MEDICAL INFORMATICS   For a graduate course on statistical methods for clinical trials, Dr. Cook helps students deepen their understanding of key course concepts by writing brief summaries …

INTERVIEW WITH AN OLDER ADULT

PROFESSOR BETTY KRAMER (SOCIAL WORK 821) The purpose of this assignment is to: a) provide an opportunity to practice evidence based communication skills for communicating with older adults; and b) enrich understanding of course content …

AN ANALYTICAL ESSAY PROJECT IN A POLITICAL SCIENCE COURSE

PROFESSOR JOHN ZUMBRUNNEN  POLITICAL SCIENCE 566, CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT The second individual project for PS 566 gives you another opportunity to analyze and evaluate course readings and bring them into contact with your own …

GRADUATE STUDENT WRITING PROJECT FOR MUSIC 416

Professor Susan cook (Music 416, Survey of music in the 20th century) All graduate students must complete a 12-15 page written project in lieu of the final exam. (Undergraduate students may opt to do so …

MINI-PROJECTS IN AN UPPER-LEVEL PSYCHOLOGY COURSE

professor Joe Asterweil Psychology 525: Cognition in Health and Society Mini-Project 1 Task: Create a flyer or poster that communicates three recommendations for cell-phone usage while walking based on what you learned from class (and …

A FUNERAL ORATION IN A CLASSICS COURSE

Professor Nandini Pandey (Classics 322, The Romans) ORATIO #3 During the final week of classes, in place of your last section, you will deliver a 2-minute funeral oration for Ancient Rome. This will be a …

A RESEARCH-DRIVEN WRITING ASSIGNMENT IN A CLASSICS COURSE

PRofessor Nandini Pandey (Classics 322, The Romans) FINAL RESCRIPTIO of Scriptio #1: EXCAVATING THE OTHER IN ANCIENT ROME 8-page essay to be submitted as a Word file on Canvas. Our understanding of ancient Rome often focuses …

CLOSE READING OF A PASSAGE IN LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION

Provided by Melissa Azari, Megan Kennedy, and Zachary Rewinski on behalf of Slavic graduate students at UW-Maddison (Department of German, Nordic, and slavic). Course: Literature in Translation 201 and 203 (19th- and 20th-Century Russian Literature …

A WRITTEN REPORT ON SCHOOLING DATA IN ECONOMICS 475

Dr. Maria Muniagurria (Economics 475) Fig. 4.2 from Easterly (2001, Ch. 4 page 76) shown in class and reproduced below presents data on diverse growth outcomes from educational expansion in Africa (1965-1985). Select one of the …

POTENTIAL EXAM QUESTIONS IN A MICROBIOLOGY COURSE

Professor Katherine Mcmahon (Microbiology 425, Environmental microbiology) The questions below are all fair game for the final exam. I will select roughly half of the content for the actual exam. The actual exam will also …

AN ARTICLE RESPONSE WRITING ASSIGNMENT IN PHYSICS

PROFESSOR JUSTIN VANDENBROUCKE (PHYSICS 115: ENERGY) Assignment Some weeks (about six total) there is an article response assignment. Find an article of your choice (published recently, within the past few months) related to energy and …

A FINAL WRITING ASSIGNMENT IN PHILOSOPHY 101

PROFESSOR STEVEN NADLER (PHILOSOPHY 101, INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY) We have covered many philosophical topics this semester, in metaphysics (the nature of reality, the mind-body problem), ethics (What is [the] good? What is happiness? What is …

A SERIES OF 50-WORD WRITING ASSIGNMENTS IN HISTORY 101

PROFESSOR CHARLES L. COHEN, HISTORY #1 Tracking change over time – due September 13: [Use the “Minor Assignment #1 Materials” on the class website.] Compare the plat map (1834) of the township around “Fourth Lake” with …

Building Process into Short Assignments in Economics

  Professor J.R. Walker, Economics 450 Economics 450: Wages and the Labor Market Writing Assignment #2 In 300 words or less, please answer the following question: Under what conditions does technological change reduce the demand …

Analyzing Textual Echoes in Literature

  Professor David Zimmerman, Introductory Literature This course requires that you write three “echo” analyses in addition to the two major essays. Each analysis should be typed, single-spaced, and 1-2 pages (that means over 1 …

A Take-Home Midterm in Dairy Science

Professor Michel Wattiaux, Dairy Science 375: Mexico Seminar Guidelines for Take-Home Midterm Background: In the first part of this seminar, we have read and discussed articles on global population and how changes in population structure …

Written Analysis of a Photograph in English

  Professor Christa Olson, English 550 Assignment II: Historical Visions This assignment will help you build your skills as a rhetorical critic, with a particular focus on historical and contextual analysis. You’ll choose a historical …

Two Short Writing Assignments in Zoology

  Patricia McConnell, Zoology 335 These two related short formal writing assignments in a large lecture course ask students 1) to summarize multiple perspectives about a topic and 2) to make connections between course content …

Epistolary Fiction Assignment

  Ron Harris, Instructional Coordinator, English The purpose of the epistolary fiction assignment is to offer you the opportunity to explore further epistolary discourse. Epistolary discourse is a major element in the development of the …

A Narrative Assignment in Chemistry

  Professor Cathy Middlecamp, Integrated Liberal Studies 251 Project #2 – Radioactivity and People ILS 251 has several higher order learning goals. One is that you are able to take what you learn in one …

A Course Blog with Student Analyses of Weather Events

  Professor Steve Ackerman, Tim Wagner, Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies 441 Background: Sometimes we gave students an explicit assignment, and other times we let students find an interesting topic to present. Either way, students wrote …

The 50-Word Assignment

  Professor Charles L. Cohen, History Seeking the Holy Grail of an exercise that teaches writing, advances critical skills, adds only a modicum of time to students’ weekly workload, and requires even less time per …

Course Topic Reflections in a Pharmacy FIG

  Pharmacy Activity Reflection Example After class, enter the following reflective exercise 200 words or less: (3) Describe 3 things you learned from the course topic today (2) Describe 2 things that surprised you (1) …

In-Class Writing

  From John Bean’s Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom (San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2011), 131-133 Perhaps the easiest way to use exploratory writing is …

Informal Writing Assignments

  Brad Hughes, Martin Nystrand, Paige Byam, and Tom Curtis, English The assignments below are generally short, informal, perhaps ungraded writing assignments that instructors might consider adapting to their classes. Students often appreciate the opportunity …

The Anatomy of a Well-Designed Writing Assignment

Kathleen Daly, Writing Across the Curriculum This sourcebook is full of successful writing assignments from a wide range of disciplines, courses, and pedagogical approaches. However, it’s not always easy to see how you can adapt …