Biol 422 / CVSC 438-
Updated : 1/12/13
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Class Meetings take the form of weekly meetings with your research
data collection and analysis
- Developing a polished
draft of your thesis paper through the results section.
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 .
(3) 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:
- Understand how to develop a scholarly discussion
section for their seminar paper.
- Understand the roles and requirements for all of
the important sections of their seminar paper
- Understand how to develop a scholarly poster or
standard scientific talk for presentation at a professional meeting
So What is a Discussion
Simply put, your discussion is that part of your paper in which
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
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.
will generally have at least one regularly scheduled meeting with your
advisor each week. Times for these weekly meetings will be
during the first week of classes.
in the semester,
each student will be responsible for turning in a proposed time-line
benchmarks along the path to project completion and estimates the time
required for each component. In addition, it is the
responsibility to schedule an appointment with their research advisor
that same period in order to discuss and turn in a copy of this
return whatever late-semester drafts you may have turned in prior to
holidays. In very short order you will be required to turn in
revisions with the aim of finishing off the first three sections of
your thesis (Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results).
will quickly focus your efforts on to your discussion
section. This section will take more work than any of the
others so anticipate a substantial commitment through the early as
well as middle parts of the term. The final version of your thesis
paper will be due in the middle of the
term on date determined by your advisor.
- Students should
preparing a poster for presentation at the Ohio Academy of Sciences in
April as well as for Science Week at the college (be sure to include any Wilds faculty that supported your work as coauthors).
- Also one of you will be asked to represent
Science in the annual Bradford Colloquium which is held early in
Science Week (so be
considering the possibility]. As the our representative for the
program to put together a 12 minute oral presentation outlining your
research and its results
- Before a final grade is issued I must have received from
you your final seminar paper and a copy of the file with your OAS
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.
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
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.
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