Computer Science 448
Required reading list. Students will be required to create a write-up for each book on the required reading list.
Description. Compose a write-up describing two novel, key ideas from the book: one that you would implement in your own startup and one that you would not implement in your own startup. Explain how these ideas served the company that the book is about, and give reasoning for why they are (or are not) a good fit for your startup. Be specific! You may find it helpful to analyze these ideas with respect to a startup your proposed in a class assignment, but this is not required. You could also describe how the ideas fit into your overall business philosophy, serve your goals, or relate to a sector that you would like to have a startup in. Submit your write-ups via Canvas.
Grading will be based on the strength, depth, and clarity of your insights.
Clarity (total: 15 points)
6 pts Writing quality is poor, sloppy, and careless. No real structure to the paper.
10 pts Writing quality is good. Student attempted to structure the paper in a logical way. A few misspellings/grammar mistakes but not enough to be completely distracting.
15 pts Writing quality is superb. The structure/logic is very clear and enhances the argument. Little to no grammar or misspelling mistakes. Paper is a joy to read.
Strength* (total: 15 points)
6 pts Arguments are weak and unfounded.
10 pts Arguments are supported by one or two examples but not enough to make a truly compelling argument.
15 pts Arguments are supported by various specific examples. It is obvious the student put a lot of thought into constructing a solidly constructed argument.
Depth (total: 20 points)
8 pts Observations are very shallow and/or obvious, i.e. "the book was very interesting"
14 pts Student has a mix of both shallow and more insightful observations
20 pts Student surprises and delights the reader with insightful observations. As a result, the student teaches the reader something new.
* When constructing well grounded arguments, it is customary (and expected) to look to the book for specific references/passages that support the claims you are making. Therefore, if you are lacking book references and/or page citations, your "strength" score will be hurt.