The paper will deal with the evolution of computer technology.

Course Goal/Objective

Describe how concepts such as RISC, pipelining, cache memory, and virtual memory have evolved over the past 25 years to improve system performance.


In this short research paper, you will investigate the evolution of and current trends in improving system performance with concepts such as RISC, pipelining, cache memory, and virtual memory. In this paper you must, as part of your conclusion, explicitly state the concept or approach that seems most important to you and explain your selection.

A minimum of two references is required for this paper. At least one article should be from a peer-reviewed journal. If you use Web sites other than the article databases provided by the UMUC Library in your research, be sure to evaluate the content you find there for authority, accuracy, coverage, and currency.

Submission of Paper

Submit your paper as a Word document in your Assignments folder. I will pay a great deal of attention to your thesis statement, the concise but logical flow of your information, your conclusion, and your grammar and syntax.

Submitted papers that show evidence of plagiarism will be sent to the Dean’s office for review.

Your paper should have no spelling or grammatical mistakes, and the construction should be logical and easy to read. These are research papers, and should not contain colloquial or slang expressions. Provide a reference list at the end of the paper. Use a minimum of two outside references.

Your papers are due by midnight, EST, on the date posted in the class schedule.

Format and length

Your paper should be written using APA style. It should be no more than five pages long, but no less than three pages long. The font size should be 12 point, with one-inch margins and double spacing.


(18-20 points)

All content is accurate. There were no factual errors.

(14-17 points)

Most of the content is accurate but there is at least one piece of information that seemed inaccurate.

(0-13 points)

The content is confusing or contains more than one factual error.

(36-40 points)

The document is detailed to enable full understanding of the technical problem and the challenges in solving it.

All required components of the paper were included

(28-35 points)

The document is almost sufficiently detailed to enable full understanding of the technical problem and challenges in solving it.

Most components of the paper were included.

(0-27 points)

The document lacked technical depth and detail.

Most required components of the paper were missing.

(18-20 points)

The paper is easy to read, analysis flows expertly

Language is sophisticated without being jargonistic.

(14-17 points)

The paper is well written but suffers from some significant grammatical inconsistencies or spelling errors.

Language is clear but lacks scholarly depth.

There are some lapses in definition and explication of terms.

Segue between points in the analysis are weak

(0-13 points)

Major problems with grammar and spelling.

Language is murky, confused and difficult to follow.

There is a paucity of definitions or context for analysis.

(18-20 points)

Naming, heading, formatting, references and page numbers were excellent throughout the document.

(14-17 points)

Some minor Naming, heading, formatting, references or page numbers were found.

(0-13 points)

Naming, heading, formatting, references and page numbers were poor or missing throughout the document.

Overall Score
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