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BI 306 Biological Literature
Sanders, Carol


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

BI 306 Biological Literature

Semester

FA 2007 HO

Faculty

Sanders, Carol

Title

Associate Professor of Biology

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. University of Mississippi
M.S. University of Central Arkansas
B.S.E. University of Central Arkansas

Office Location

SC 105B

Office Hours

Monday: 10-10:50, 1-1:50; Tuesday 11-11:50; Wednesday 9-9:50; Thursday 10-10:50; Friday 9:30-10:50

Daytime Phone

584-6250

E-Mail

csanders@park.edu

Semester Dates

August 20–December 14, 2007

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

8:45 - 10:00 AM

Prerequisites

60 hrs and WCT

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
None required

Additional Resources:

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Course Description:
A one-semester study of the biological thought and the methods of biological communication. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition and use of biological literature. Writing and evaluation of scientific papers is stressed. This course is to be taken during the junior year. The course will satisfy the EN306 requirement for Biology and Athletic Training majors. Prerequisites: EN105, EN106, passing WCT and 60 accumulated hours. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the types of scientific literature, perform bibliographic searches and evaluate as sources of information.
  2. Construct reports, papers, and a research proposal in a format accepted by the Council of Science Editors.
  3. Prepare and exhibit a poster on a topic of research.
  4. Develop a professional resume and cover letter.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Development of a research proposal
Core Assessment:

Scientific research paper dealing with a current topic of importance.


Assignment Issues
1.             Knowledge of types of literature
2.             Be able to do electronic and manual literature searches
3.             Produce an evaluative cohesive work
4.             Recognize and use proper presentation techniques
5.             Application of scientific writing style
6.             Correct usage of grammar

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Classes will consist primarily of discussions, in and out of class assignments, research at area libraries, paper reviews, grammatical and editoral assignments, poster construction and presentation, and paper development.  Because this course involves a significant amount of independent work, students should expect to spend significant out of class time.  There is also a significant amount of subjective assessment in the course due primarily to the subject matter.

Grading:

  

Grammar & Editing

10%

Participation

5%

Articles

10%

Exam

15%

Review Paper

20%

Resume

5%

Poster

15%

Research Proposal

20%

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late assignments will NOT be accepted.  Deadlines are FIRM and should an absence occur the work should be turned in prior to the date. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  1. While computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive as well as are a requirement for PowerPoint, students must recognize that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to back-up copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and/or print out paper copies. “The computer lab is out of paper” is not an excuse. 
  2. The instructor strives to create an informal and comfortable classroom environment for class discussions. However, this is an educational forum and the students are expected to act accordingly. Students will treat fellow classmates and the instructor with respect. Disruptive or deliberately unhelpful viewpoints will not be tolerated
  3. Cell phones should be turned off prior to class unless special circumstances exist.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Tenetative Schedule (Dates not filled in will be used to continue previous activities as well as individual consultations) This schedule is subject to change.
 
8/21 Introduction & requirements;
8/23 Scientific writing—what is it? Literature types & standard formats
Linda Hall >Article assignments
8/28 Science of Scientific writing
8/30 Review vs critique
DNA paper/critique
9/4 Reviewing an article
9/6 Critique & Review
2 articles to review & critique
9/11 Abstract writing
9/13 Article
Abstracts of papers
9/18 Mechanics of Writing 9/20 Mechanics of Writing
9/25 Mechanics of Writing 9/27 Editing Proposal
10/2 Editing 10/4 Resume
10/9 Exam Review       10/11 Exam Resume Due
10/23 Paper 10/25 Paper Review Paper—1st copy
10/30 Documentation 11/1
11/6 11/8
11/13 11/15
11/20 Poster 11/22 Review Paper Due—Final, 2 copies & 1 electronic
11/27 Proposal 11/29 Proposal & Poster
12/4 Poster 12/6 Research Proposal Due
 

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85
It is still plagiarism if you use a writer's key phrases or sentence structure such that it is implied that they are your own, even if you cite the source.  Plagiarism of this kind is usually unintentional and an incomplete understanding of the ethics of research and writing.  More information will be provided in class.

A plagiarism tutorial is available at http://www.fairfield.edu/x14498.html or http://www.lib.sfu.ca/researchhelp/tutorials/interactive/plagiarism/tutorial/table-of-contents.htm.  You should find these very helpful.  Or a really cute but thorough one is found at http://tutorials.sjlibrary.org/tutorial/plagiarism/selector.htm.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Uses more than 10 sources of which  9 are primary literature to produce cohesive analysis of information Uses 10 sources of which 7 are primary literature to produce cohesive analysis of information Uses less than 10 sources with 5 or less primary and doesn't produce a cohesive analysis of information No indication of use of sources to produce a cohesive document 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Uses information obtained by research and formulates new ideas and cohesive presentation Uses information obtained by research and formulates cohesive presentation Properly uses information from research but does not create cohesive presentation No evidence of analysis of research materials 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Provides new insight into information gained by research Effectively presents and understands the value of information obtained by research Presents the material but has serious deficiencies in the understanding Some presentation but does not exhibit understanding 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1,2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
No factual errors 1 to 3 factual errors More than 4 factual errors Many factual errors 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Demonstrates mastery of all 6 of the assignment issues Demonstrates mastery of 4 to 6 of the assignment issues Demonstrates mastery of less than 4 of the assignment issues Does not demonstrate mastery of assignment issues 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Effectively incorporates/applies all of the assignment issues Effectively incorporates or applies 4 to 6 of the assignment issues Effectively incorporates or applies 3 to 4 of the assignment issues Does do apply or incorporate assignment issues 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1,2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
No errors in writing conventions; Uses 12 or more sources of which  9 are primary literature; 10 pages in length; more than 7 sources are 2000 or later 1 to 3 errors in writing conventions; Uses 10 sources of which 7 are primary literature; 8.5 pages in length; 7 sources are 2000 or later 4 or more errors in writing conventions; Uses less than 10 sources with 5 or less primary; less than 8.5 pages in length; less than 7 sources are 2000 or later Many errors in writing conventions, uses 5 or fewer sources, less than 5 pages in length 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Contains no errors in the following paper format items:

*CSE

*Length

*Page numbers

*Works cited

*Internal documentation

 
Contains only 1 to 3 errors in the following paper format items:

*CSE

*Length

*Page numbers

*Works cited

*Internal documentation

 
Contains 4 to 9 errors in the following paper format items:

*CSE

*Length

*Page numbers

*Works cited

*Internal documentation

 
Contains 10 or more errors in the following paper format items:

*CSE

*Length

*Page numbers

*Works cited

*Internal documentation

 

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