Biol108. Final Pa.per Instructions Your final pa.per should consist of several sections. Follow the guidelines below for each section. Also make sure to look at the rubric (find it below) before beginning to write and to edit your paper once you are done with the first draft.
1. Introduction The introduction should contain the following information, presented in this order.
State your topic, or describe your narrowed subject area.
Please explain why you wanted to do this research in this subsection.
Add any other related introductory material.
2. Statement of Purpose
In this section, please present the questions your paper will answer, and an overview of the organization of the paper.
3. Basic Description
Describe your topic in some detail. Your report should include references to facts you learned in your research. Organize your points in clear, distinct sections that describe things You can divide this section into subsections corresponding to logical categories, each subsection addressing a different aspect of your topic. What is important is that the section as a whole be logically organized and easy to follow.
Important. You must cite a source for every major fact or statement in this section. This section should not contain your personal opinions about these facts or statements; those will come later in the paper.
In this section, apply the insights you learned from the class to the topic of this paper. You will also demonstrate your have learned the terminology and concepts that apply to your topic. Consider the application carefully. Give your opinions, and support them with facts. Remember, your opinion may not be "right" or "wrong", but it certainly will be "justified" or "unjustified"!
Please use your best judgment about what to include; you won't be able to include everything, so please do not try.
Style, Grammar, and Spelling
Grammar and spelling count for part of your grade. You can find some basic stylistic and grammatical information here: www.umass.edu/writingcenter/resources-writing-and-research.
Format and Submission
The paper should be 5 To 6 pages of text, excluding the references. Please, use a 10 point font and single space the text. Although they are not required, you can include images and figures as long as they attributed and referenced. However, they will not count toward the total page count.
Please submit as a Word or Keynote file.
Plagiarism and Quotations
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. The online submission system will check for copied text from all the type of sources you can use for this paper. You can submit your paper multiple times if your SafeAssign originality report indicates problems. Make sure to write in your own words. Quotes should be used only when the exact wording of the author is important. In most cases that is not true, and you should paraphrase other author's writing and give them credit.
Please refer to the instructions for your outline for information about how many and what types of references to use in the paper.
You will be using the scientific “name year” style of citations. In text citations are presented parenthetically. At the “name year” tab at this website you’ll find detailed guidelines for different sources of information: http://www.scientificstyleandformat.org/Tools/SSF-Citation-Quick-Guide.html.
The grading rubric is posted as a pdf below this assignment. Most of the weight of the paper will be given to your ability to carefully organize information about and critically discuss the topic you cover. I'll have it posted tomorrow morning as part of this assignment link.
Rubric by Denise Kreiger, Instructional Design and Technology Services, SC&I, Rutgers University, 4/2014, modified by Peter Houlihan 6/2018 1
Biol108 Final Paper Rubric
Criteria Unsatisfactory – Beginning Developing Accomplished Exemplary Total
Paper Focus: Purpose/ Position Statement
0-13 points 14-15 points 16-17 points 18-20 points /20 Fails to identify a relevant research topic or is not clearly defined and/or the paper lacks focus throughout.
Identifies a research topic but may be too broad in scope and/or the thesis is somewhat unclear and needs to be developed further. Focal point is not consistently maintained throughout the paper.
Identifies a relevant research topic and a thesis that provides adequate direction for the paper with some degree of interest for the reader. The thesis states the position, premise, or hypothesis, and is the focal point of the paper for the most part.
Identifies a relevant research topic and a thesis that provides direction for the paper that is engaging and thought provoking, The thesis clearly and concisely states the position, premise, or hypothesis and is consistently the focal point throughout the paper.
0-22 points 21-23 points 24-26 points 27-30 points /30 Demonstrates a lack of understanding and inadequate analysis of the research topic and thesis. Analysis is superficial based on opinions and preferences rather than critical analysis.
Demonstrates general understanding with limited critical analysis of the research topic and thesis (argument). Summarizes perspectives, counter-arguments, or opposing positions.
Demonstrates an understanding and some critical analysis of the research topic and thesis (argument). Adequately compares/contrasts perspectives, counter-arguments, or opposing positions but broader connections and/or implications are not as thoroughly explored.
Demonstrates a sophisticated understanding and careful, critical analysis of the research topic and thesis (argument). Compares/contrasts perspectives, considers counter arguments or opposing positions, and draws original and thoughtful conclusions with future implications.
0-22 points 21-23 points 24-26 points 27-30 points /30 Lacks sufficient research sources to support the central position and/or, if included, are generally not relevant, accurate, or reliable. Contains numerous factual mistakes, omissions, or oversimplifications. Sources, if included, are not properly referenced and cited in the paper.
Provides some evidence to support the central position with only a few research sources. Some sources may not be relevant, accurate, and reliable and/or appropriately referenced and cited in the paper.
Provides essential, accurate evidence to support the central position with the required (7) research sources including 1 source from a periodical database that are mostly relevant, accurate, and reliable. Sources are referenced and cited appropriately throughout the paper for the most part.
Provides compelling and accurate evidence to support in-depth the central position beyond the required (7) research sources with at least 1 source from a periodical database. Research sources are highly relevant, accurate, and reliable and add to the strength of the paper; and are effectively referenced and cited throughout the paper.
Rubric by Denise Kreiger, Instructional Design and Technology Services, SC&I, Rutgers University, 4/2014, modified by Peter Houlihan 6/2018 2
Research Paper Rubric (continued)
Criteria Unsatisfactory – Beginning Developing Accomplished Exemplary Total
0-6 points 7 points 8 points 9-10 points /10 Paper lacks logical organization and impedes readers’ comprehension of ideas. Central position is rarely evident from paragraph to paragraph and/or the paper is missing multiple required components.
Paper is somewhat organized, although occasionally ideas from paragraph to paragraph may not flow well and/or connect to the central position or be clear as a whole. May be missing a required component and/or components may be less than complete.
Paper is adequately organized. Ideas are arranged reasonably with a progression of thought from paragraph to paragraph connecting to the central position. Includes required components (introduction, body, conclusion, Reference List, etc.) for the most part.
Paper is effectively organized. Ideas are arranged logically, flow smoothly, with a strong progression of thought from paragraph to paragraph connecting to the central position. Includes all required components (introduction, body, conclusion, Reference List, etc.).
Writing Quality & Adherence to Format Guidelines
0-6 points 7 points 8 points 9-10 points /10 Paper shows a below average/poor writing style lacking in elements of appropriate standard English and following proper APA guidelines. Frequent errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, spelling, usage, and/or formatting.
Paper shows an average and/or casual writing style using standard English and following APA guidelines. Some errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, usage, and/or formatting.
Paper shows above average writing style and clarity in writing using standard English and following APA guidelines. Minor errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, usage, and/or formatting.
Paper is well written and clear using APA guidelines and standard English characterized by elements of a strong writing style. Basically free from grammar, punctuation, spelling, usage, or formatting errors.
TOTAL POINTS (sum of 5 Criteria) /100
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