CH306 Chemical Bibliography

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BI 306 Biological Literature


FA 2009 HO


Sanders, Carol


Associate Professor of Biology


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

Office Location

SC 114

Office Hours

Monday 9-9:50 & 2-2:50; Tuesday 11-11:50 & 1-1:50; Wednesday 10-10:50; Thursday 10-11:50; Friday 10-10:50

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Semester Dates

August 17-December 11, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

8:45 - 10:00 AM


60 hours and WCT

Credit Hours


None Required

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Course Description:
BI306 Biological Literature: 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 majors. Prerequisites: EN105, EN106, passing WCT and 60 accumulated hours. 3:0:3

CH306 Chemical Bibliography:  Access to the chemical literature is surveyed.  The use of index journals, primary and secondary sources, the patent literature, the on-line search, and the literature organization is explained and illustrated.  Submission of a written, formal proposal for an original research problem, together with the records of the literature search validating the proposal, is required.  This course will satisfy the EN306 requirement.  Prerequisites: WCT and 60 hours.  3:0:3 

Educational Philosophy:
  The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, web sites and current writings.  The instructor works to engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions. 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. identify the principal types of communications used in the scientific community and popular media;
  2. perform bibliographical searches using several different kinds of indexes and electronically;
  3. locate and evaluate information from the scientific literature;
  4. determine the main idea(s) of a scientific article, and discuss them with peers;
  5. read and critique written scientific literature;
  6. properly cite scientific sources;
  7. prepare and exhibit a poster on a topic of research;
  8. prepare written reports in a format accepted by the Council of Science Editors;
  9. Produce a fully cited review paper on research proposal that could be used to conduct independent research.

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 editorial 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.


Grammar & Editing
Article Discussions
Mentor selection & communication         
Research Proposal

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, thumb 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. You will be asked to leave the class if caught 'texting'.

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.
Week 1 Introduction Types of Literature & Plagiarism; Standard Format
Week 2 Synopsis & Critique Reference Format
Week 3 Active vs Passive Voice Abstracts and Resumes
Week 4 Science of Scientific Writing Editing
Week 5   Writing Mechanics    Cont'd
Week 6 Proposals & Research Cont'd
Week 7 Editing Cont'd
Week 8 Editing & Proofreading    Cont'd
Week 9 Resume    EXAM
Week 10 Proposal Report from conversation with mentors
Week 11 Projects Freewrite about project
Week 12 Sources for proposal Outline of project
Week 13 Posters Due
Week 14 1st draft due
Week 15 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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
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 You should find this very helpful. Or a really cute but thorough one is found at

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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
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 
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 
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 
1,2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
No factual errors 1 to 3 factual errors Presents the material but has serious deficiencies in the understanding Many factual errors 
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 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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 
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Contains no errors in the following paper format items:



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



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



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



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