Mechanics Exams-Coverage for all three exams is here.

CS 325

 

Please note that questions from lecture may also be added.

 

Mechanics #1 Coverage:

Lists, parallelism, and proofreading marks

See Zobel, especially pp. 34-36, 46-50 and exercises on p. 257

 

Know what an abbreviation is and what an acronym is. Be able to show examples.

 

Be able to match common scholarly abbreviations with their meaning. (See p. 5)

 

Be able to correct problems with pronoun agreement, subject-verb agreement, homonyms, spelling and word use.

 

Be able to correct list problems with colon use, semi-colon use, bullets and numbering, and parallelism.

 

Be able to correct ambiguity and wordy phrases.

 

Be able to correct problems with use of commas with introductory elements and nonessential clauses.

 

Know standard proofreading/grammatical marks for margin notes and for in-text marking.

 

Know how to use quotation marks and italics.

 

Know what is covered under copyright law, trademark law, and patent law.

 

Know how long copyright lasts and when something goes into public domain.

 

 

Know the proper use of the words:

 

Accept/except

A lot/alot

Affect/effect

All right/alright

Allude/elude

Amount/number

Can not/cannot

Cite/site/sight

Discreet/discrete

Less/fewer

Principle/principal

 

Mechanics Exam #2 Coverage:

Pp. 120-335

 

Know how to fix agreement problems with pronoun, tense, and subject-verb.

 

Know ISO symbols used in diagraming.

 

Know International System (SI) prefixes

 

Be familiar with email guidelines.

 

Be able to correct problems with apostrophe use.

 

Understand parts of a table and correct table structures.

 

Be familiar with resume and cover letter writing guidelines.

 

What is? And/or what is the purpose of? questions may apply to the following terms:

 

Decreasing order of importance

Circular definition

Serif and sans serif

Diacritical marks

Executive summaries

Feasibility report

Inquiry letter

Literature review

Sweeping generalizations

Non sequitur

Post hoc, ergo propter hoc

Loading the argument

Know difference between abstract and concrete words

 

Know the proper use of the words:

 

defective/deficient

definite/definitive

diagnosis/prognosis

due to/because of

economic/economical

explicit/implicit

fact

fewer/less

foreword/forward

illegal/illicit

insoluble/unsolvable

insure/ensure/assure

its/it's

judicial/judicious

lay/lie

liable/likely/libel

like/as

 

Mechanics Exam #3 Coverage:

Pp. 335-585

 

Be familiar with punctuation of quotations; be able to distinguish between different forms of documentation and note taking.

 Know the difference between primary and secondary sources.

 

Understand how to display mathematical equations.

 

Know the standard format for memorandums, methods of development.

 

Know the procedures for handling minutes of meetings.

 

Know when to spell out numbers.

 

Know delivery techniques that can be used in oral presentations (pp. 389-398).

 

Understand comma use with restrictive (essential) and nonrestrictive (nonessential) elements (p. 78).

 

What is? questions may apply to the following terms:

 

 

Malapropisms

Narration

Nominalizations

Types of nouns

Organizational charts

Pace

Paragraph: topic sentence, coherence, and unity

Paraphrasing

Passive voice (see voice)

Plagiarism

Progress reports

Proposals

Quid pro quo

Rhetorical questions

Trip report

Trouble report

Via

Reference letter

Refusal letter

Resignation letter

 

Know the proper use of the words:

 

loose/lose

when/where/that

may be/maybe

Ms./Miss/Mrs.

mutual/ common

needless to say

nature

nor/or

on/onto/upon

only

percent/percentage

personal/personnel

principal/principle

raise/rise

set/sit

sic

some time/sometime

tenant/tenet

that/which/who

there/their/they're

to/too

who's/whose

your/you’re