"What is Human Nature?" -Spring 2006

Final Project Reports

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These are the Final River Reports for ""What is Human Nature?"", Spring 2006. Please feel free to browse...

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The Final Report "Suggested" Format

The "What is Human Nature?" final project format guidelines are shown below. You may or may not choose to use the specific format shown below (introduction, relevance, materials and methods, etc), but, the main components within each "section"should be included within each research project regardless of your chosen format!

Each "Final Report" should be a minimum of 15 pages long, plus references, research time-line, data sheets, appendices, etc. This is it folks!!

Title (with all authors)

1. Introduction

  1. Purpose/Problem. What is (are) your research question(s)?
  2. How did you decide on this project? How did you decide upon your specific questions?
  3. What do you plan to accomplish?
  4. Do you have a balance between materials from the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and arts?

2. Relevance of your research question

  1. Literature Review--What have others done? Your Literature review applies equally to the sciences, social sciences and humanities/arts?
  2. How does your research relate to a larger question(s)? What contribution will your project hopefully be able to make to the broader base of human knowledge?
  3. Do you hope that your project can be used in some way beyond this course--e.g. as a children's book, as an article in an environmental or literary journal, or perhaps a performance?

3. Materials and Methods

  1. Describe important materials and how they will be used. [Remember to include methods and materials from the sciences, social sciences, and humanities/arts.] Is your choice of methods of analysis appropriate to your material?
  2. What is your experimental design? Is it statistically sound? What are the reasons behind the different parts of your experimental design? Why are or aren't you doing certain things?
  3. Is your experimental design statistically sound? How do you know? Did you ask for advice?
    1. How will you ensure unbiased results?
    2. How will you ensure that the data collected by the class can be trusted? Will you show adequately demonstrate your data collection methods and the importance of consistency?
  4. Have you included a Data Sheet?
  5. Have you included a specific timeline of research execution?

4. Results

  1. Report your observations.
  2. Think about how best to convey your findings. What types of statistics will be of use to you? Why?
    1. How will you best display your results? Graphs, tables? Think long and hard about this!
  3. Include statistical tests, tables (numerical data) and figures (graphs, drawings, etc.) when appropriate.
  4. Have you reported results from more than one interdisciplinary angle? Do you have qualitative as well as quantitative results? Consider empirical tests, experiental, or historical narratives fiction, poetry, art, and/or photography.

5. Discussion & Conclusions --Hint: This is supposed to be fun!

  1. Based on your background research, your own project, and analysis of the data, explain why you got the results you did.
  2. Have you shown that the disciplines you used in your project work together to address your research question or hypothesis?
  3. Think beyond the project. How does your work fit in with what others have done? What additional questions do you have?
  4. What suggestions do you have for further investigation or revision for an audience beyond being submitted as a course paper for WCP 261?

6. Literature Cited

  1. Be sure to include an impressive suite of literature citations that directly relate to your study. This literature must include citations from the peer reviewed journals. World Wide Web citations are of secondary importance!


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