The exact structure for a research project will vary depending on the nature of the questions being addressed. The general format given below should be appropriate for most cases.
1) Question. Write a brief summary of your research question and goals of the study.
2) Introduction. Provide a short discussion of the importance of the question being investigated, including its relevance to previous research (as reported in science journals). List and discuss hypotheses that will be addressed in the project.
3) Research Design and Methods. Write a synopsis of the research design and a step-by-step procedure that you intend to follow. Include any background you may need to conduct the work, the intended methods to gain data should be discussed, including: sample size, sampling method, intended data processing and statistical analysis, etc.
4) Analysis. Include a brief summary of how the data may be analyzed.
5) Data Sheet Design. Raw Data Sheets must be included in the final text.
6) Bibliography. Include a list of sources cited in the above sections.
Final Oral Presentation: You've managed to impress some important people with your ideas, and have been invited to be a guest speaker at a symposium on Ordovician geology at the noteworthy Miami University. Prepare a summary of your study in a presentation format, not to take more than 15 minutes to present (you will be stopped if you run over much). Following your presentation, there will be a short question & answer/discussion time. There should be graphical display for all data and ideas. Your presentation ccould feature your WEB PAGES .
It is recommended that you attend some of the guest speakers visiting
the geology department during the semester to get a feel for the
format for such a presentation.
Due : Week of 12/2
Final Web Submission: A polished report on the WEB detailing your hypothesis, methods, results, and interpretation
is required. It should be in the scientific paper format that
can be seen in science periodicals such as Palaios or Lethaia, for example. The report should tell me everything about your study,
in a thoughtful, organized and concise fashion. All data should
be presented in graphical or tabular display; with appendixes
listing the raw data. The report will be the most complete statement
of your study. In addition to the WEB format, I need your final
report in paper form as well.
Due : Week of 12/9
The entirety of this project will be worth 50% of your class grade. The percentage grade breakdown of the research project is as follows: Problem Statement= 5%, Study Proposal 5%, Web Document & Written Report=25 %, and Presentation=15%. Don't put this off until the last minute, or you will likely be very sorry. More information will follow during the semester.
1) Evolution: Past and Present Ecosystems --Course Reader, Oxford Copy Shop
2) Extinction: Bad genes or Bad Luck by D. Raup, Miami Co-op Bookstore
3) The Song of the DoDo by David Quammen
4) The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner
Evaluation: Participation is expected at all levels within the course. Attendance is mandatory during each student discussion period and scheduled lab: each unexcused absence will result in a 3% reduction (30 pts/absence) of your final grade. Grades will be based upon the point distribution shown below:
Please read part V, Sections 501-507 of The Miami Student Handbook onAcademic Dishonesty since the policy articulated pertains to all work done in this course.
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