Homework Instructions

Instructions: How to Format Your Homework


1. Read the pages, take notes and answer the questions completely in your own words, using complete sentences (unless otherwise noted). Do not quote extensively from the texts you read. Digest the ideas and information, and then put them in your own words.


2. Follow approximate length given for each item of written work, using one-inch margins.


 3. Type your written work on 8 ½ X 11 white paper, one side only, double-spaced, with a one-inch margin. On computer use a 12-point font, either Times New Roman or Arial. One page equals approximately 250 words. If typewriter is your only option, use 10 pitch (pica), or 12 pitch (elite). Do not use script, condensed, or all caps print.


4. On each page of your work, include a header with your name, the class number, and the page number. Begin each numbered item on a new sheet of paper, writing that number at the beginning of your answer. Do not type the questions before your answers.


5. If you quote from a printed text, you must use quotation marks and note the source (including pages) in parentheses at the end of each usage. Quotations should never be more than a sentence or two long. Ideas and information should be stated in your own words, not in the words of the authors you have read. For assigned texts, you may abbreviate the titles by using the first letter of each word in the title. For example, if the source is Harper’s Bible Dictionary, then use (HBD, p. 34-35). If you refer to books that are not listed on the class reading list, then you must give full bibliographic information. The Proper Citations page will give you more information about how to present bibliographic information in your work.


6. Staple all pages for each course together, using one staple in the upper left-hand corner. Do not staple together papers for more than one course. Do not bind your homework or turn in 3-ring binders or plastic/paper report covers.


7. Add a title page to each paper that includes a) the name of the course, b) your name, and c) the date of the first day of class.


8. The due date for written work is listed on the Course of Study Syllabus page. Late work is only accepted with prior approval of the Director of the Course of Study School.


9. Make a copy of your typed material and bring it with you for your own use during the school.


NOTE: Using other people’s materials without documentation, whether from a book, journal, teacher, another student, sermon service, or lectionary aid, is unacceptable behavior. Such activity, otherwise known as plagiarism usually means failure for the course with notification sent to the Conference Course of Study Registrar and the Division of Ordained Ministry. Professors will report all instances of plagiarism to the Director of the Course of Study. The Director will arrange for a meeting with the professor and the student, and the student will be given opportunity to explain the situation. The Director in consultation with the professor will make a decision about what action is appropriate for a first instance of plagiarism. Such action could include, rewriting the material, or failure of the course. A brief summary of the meeting will be prepared by the Director and placed in the student’s file in the Course of Study Office and kept there until the student completes the Course of Study Curriculum. If a second instance of plagiarism is documented, the student will fail the course and the Director will determine what other consequences may apply. (rev. 7/05)