"What is Human Nature?" -Spring 2006
Final Project Reports
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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)
- Purpose/Problem. What is (are) your research question(s)?
- How did you decide on this project? How did you decide upon your
- What do you plan to accomplish?
- Do you have a balance between materials from the natural sciences,
social sciences, humanities and arts?
2. Relevance of your research question
- Literature Review--What have others done? Your Literature review
applies equally to the sciences, social sciences and humanities/arts?
- 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?
- 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
- 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?
- 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?
- Is your experimental design statistically sound? How do you know?
Did you ask for advice?
- How will you ensure unbiased results?
- 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?
- Have you included a Data Sheet?
- Have you included a specific timeline
of research execution?
- Report your observations.
- Think about how best to convey your findings. What types of statistics
will be of use to you? Why?
- How will you best display your results? Graphs, tables? Think
long and hard about this!
- Include statistical tests, tables (numerical data) and figures
(graphs, drawings, etc.) when appropriate.
- 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
5. Discussion & Conclusions --Hint: This is supposed to be fun!
- Based on your background research, your own project, and analysis
of the data, explain why you got the results you did.
- Have you shown that the disciplines you used in your project work together
to address your research question or hypothesis?
- Think beyond the project. How does your work fit
in with what others have done? What additional questions do you have?
- 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
- 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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