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Biol 422 / CVSC 439- Spring 2017

Updated :  2017/01/08

Instructor: Jim Dooley - BSC 428; 8227;


Class Meetings take the form of weekly meetings with your research advisor

Last semester we focused on:

This term you will finish work on your project, your final paper, your disemination activities, and fully participate in our program of assessment. More specifically:

Achievement Objectives for this term
: students will:

(1) Develop a scholarly discussion section to their seminar papers.  The aim of this part of the document will be to integrate the results of their work with established scholarship in the area.

(2) Develop a final scientific abstract based on the results of their research .

Produce a final thesis document by incorporating revised versions of all previous sections, adding in discussion and literature cited

(4) Develop a research poster or oral presentation for presenation at the Ohio  Academy of Sciences Meeting (be sure to include any Wilds faculty that supported your work as coauthors).

(5) Attend and participate in all Science Week activities.

(6) Complete the senior exit assessment process

Course Leaning Objectives extend directly from the Biology Department's Learning Goals.   In particular, the learning objectives for this course emphasize Biology Department Learning Goals 2-4.   As a result of successfully completing this course, students will:


So What is a Discussion Section?  

Simply put, your discussion is that part of your paper in which you interpret the findings you presented in the results section.  There are often two challenges to consider.  First, in and of themselves, what do your findings suggest about issues raised in your questions?   If you posed predictions, did the data seem to support your hypotheses?  If so (or even if not) in what ways?  Your second challenge is to review the literature related to your work and consider how your findings integrate into insights that already exist in the literature?  How has the body of scholarship related to your questions been changed by what you observed?    Finally, you may want to consider what the next steps might be and how insights could be improved through modifications of the procedure you followed.

How Different is the Abtract to What you Submitted to OAS?

The abstract you will place at the front of your final document can be developed from the abstract you submitted to the Ohio Academy of Science in the Fall.  The major difference will be that you should incoporate final results and interpretations as derived from your discussion section.  

Course Requirements:

Grading Policy: We have no tests or other typical "objective" means of evaluating your performance.  Your grade will be assessed based on your performance relative to the tasks for each semester. 

I want to emphasize that my expectations are high in this regard.
Once again, the over-arching goal here is to develop a formal document in the form of a scientific paper which will include abstract,  introduction, methods, results, discussion, and literature cited sections.  We have reviewed and discussed the distinct "mission" of each of these sections to scientific  papers as well as what elements need to be included in each section, throughout your coursework in this program.  That being said, I will be glad to provide guidance to any questions you may have in developing each part of your thesis paper.

You should expect to work hard and consistently on your project - however in the end it will be the quality of what you turn in that will determine your grade.   As a means of providing models of the kinds of work I am looking for, I have assembled
copies of papers from previous years that were evaluated as excellent.   These documents are available for your inspection and review.

For this semester approximately 70% of your grade will be based on our evaluation of your final paper and with about 15% determined by your participation and performance relative to the presentation events (i.e., OAS and Science Week) and 15% determined by your complete participation in the assessment process.


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