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BI 422 Indv Research & Indp Invest
Gabor, Timothy M.


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Course

BI 422 Indv Research & Indp Invest

Semester

FA 2007 HOZ

Faculty

Gabor, Timothy M.

Title

Associate Professor of Biology

Degrees/Certificates

PhD, Wildlife, Texas A&M
MS, Biology, Memphis State
BS, Wildlife, U of Wisc--Stevens Point

Office Location

Sc 113A

Office Hours

MWF 9-11

Daytime Phone

816-584-6869

E-Mail

tim.gabor@park.edu

Web Page

http://captain.park.edu/tgabor

Semester Dates

20 August-14 December 2007

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

instructor approval

Credit Hours

3


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Course Description:
A small original biological investigation and a written report of the findings, prepared in proper form. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Variable credit: 1-3 hours.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Design and experimentally research a defined area of biology
  2. Collect and evaluate experimental data
  3. Compose a written synthesis and evaluation of their findings in proper scientific format
  4. Prepare and deliver an oral presentation of their experimental research in a proper scientific format


Core Assessment:

§         Term paper (CA)

§     Oral presentation

Class Assessment:
 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

1.        Signed letter from her mentor/supervisor that assesses the student’s performance during the research. This letter should include, but is not limited to, an assessment of the student’s ability to learn and accomplish tasks, promptness, organizational skills, demeanor with coworkers, and professional attitude. An email from the mentor/supervisor will suffice for this requirement.(50% of grade)

2.        A 10-page (double-spaced, 12-point font) paper with at least 10 peer-reviewed citations detailing their research or a large portion of their research. The topic will be determined in consultation with the instructor and mentor/supervisor. (30% of grade)

3.        A 15-minute, public presentation of their research (or a large portion of their research) with the topic to be determined in consultation with the instructor and mentor/supervisor. A presentation to NS 401 will satisfy this requirement. (20% of grade)

COURSE ASSESMENT: The student will be assessed by their research mentor and the instructor. The mentor will forward a letter to the instructor detailing the student’s accomplishments, setbacks, and overall performance. The instructor will base the student’s grade on the mentor’s letter, public presentation of their research, and a paper detailing at least part of their work.

GRADING: Grades will be determined as follows:

                A—all requirements were above average

                B—all requirements were at least average with 1 or 2 requirements above average

                C—all requirements met satisfactorily

                D—all requirements met, but 1 or 2 requirements did not meet expectations

                F—all requirements were not met satisfactorily

Grading:

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

1.        Signed letter from her mentor/supervisor that assesses the student’s performance during the research. This letter should include, but is not limited to, an assessment of the student’s ability to learn and accomplish tasks, promptness, organizational skills, demeanor with coworkers, and professional attitude. An email from the mentor/supervisor will suffice for this requirement.(50% of grade)

2.        A 10-page (double-spaced, 12-point font) paper with at least 10 peer-reviewed citations detailing their research or a large portion of their research. The topic will be determined in consultation with the instructor and mentor/supervisor. (30% of grade)

3.        A 15-minute, public presentation of their research (or a large portion of their research) with the topic to be determined in consultation with the instructor and mentor/supervisor. A presentation to NS 401 will satisfy this requirement. (20% of grade)

COURSE ASSESMENT: The student will be assessed by their research mentor and the instructor. The mentor will forward a letter to the instructor detailing the student’s accomplishments, setbacks, and overall performance. The instructor will base the student’s grade on the mentor’s letter, public presentation of their research, and a paper detailing at least part of their work.

GRADING: Grades will be determined as follows:

                A—all requirements were above average

                B—all requirements were at least average with 1 or 2 requirements above average

                C—all requirements met satisfactorily

                D—all requirements met, but 1 or 2 requirements did not meet expectations

                F—all requirements were not met satisfactorily

Late Submission of Course Materials:
no late material accepted

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
tba individually

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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

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

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