BI 306 Biological Literature
FA 2010 HO
Associate Professor of Biology
B.S.E. University of Central ArkansasM.S. University of Central ArkansasPh.D. University of Mississippi
MWF--10--11; 1-2; TR--10-11:30
Aug. 16—Dec. 10, 2010
12:00 - 1:15 PM
WCT completion and 60 hours
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Scientific research paper dealing with a current topic of importance.
Assignment Issues1. Knowledge of types of literature2. Be able to do electronic and manual literature searches3. Produce an evaluative cohesive work4. Recognize and use proper presentation techniques5. Application of scientific writing style6. Correct usage of grammar
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
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
Late Submission of Course Materials:
assignments will NOT be
accepted. Deadlines are FIRM and should an absence occur the work should
be turned in prior to the date. Exceptions MAY be made on an individual basis.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
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.
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
phones should be turned off prior to class unless special circumstances exist.
Schedule (Dates not filled in will be used to continue previous activities as
well as individual consultations) This schedule is subject to change.
8/16 Introduction & requirements;
8/18 Scientific writing—what is it? Literature types & standard formats; plagiarism & internet sources
Science of Scientific writing
8/25 Mechanics of writing
9/6 Labor Day
9/8 Mechanics of writing
9/13 Resume & Cover letter
9/22 (Resume due)
10/11 Fall Break
10/13 Fall Break
10/18 Outline & 5 sources due
10/20 Abstracts & Critiques
10/27 Outline returned
11/10 1st draft of paper; posters need to printed out
(Poster on 11/19)
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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93PLAGIARISM, PARAPHRASING and CITING REFERENCES: When preparing your material for the class, you must provide citations for any and ALL of your sources! Copying and pasting more than four-consecutive words you find on the Internet (or any other source) without the use of quotation marks and proper citations is plagiarism and will not be tolerated. Please be sure that you know how to provide complete source information. Your grade on your assignments will reflect your ability to do this correctly. Proper use of information you find in books, newspapers, journals or on the Internet include:
* Paraphrasing or summarizing information you find and proper citation of the reference. This means that you MUST USE YOUR OWN WORDS in your responses!!!!
* Limited direct quotation of phrases using quotation marks. I will NOT accept large amounts of quoted material; you must use your own words whenever possible!
* Proper citation of the reference.
The above policy is true for all your assignments Reports. If you are unsure about what constitutes plagiarism and how to prevent it, take some time to review the provided Plagiarism Tutorial. Penalties for plagiarism in this course are:
1. First offense: You will receive a written Plagiarism Warning from me and a zero for that particular portion of the assignment.
2. Second offense: You will receive another written Plagiarism Warning and a zero for the entire assignment.
3. Third offense: I will submit a written Plagiarism Warning and an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report to the Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs and the Department chair.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
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 .
Additional Information:EXTRA CREDIT: There is NO extra
credit available in this course! If you want to attain an A in this
class, then you will need to complete all the assignments at the A
CHECK YOUR PARK EMAIL: I will be communicating with you regularly via your Park email account, so plan on checking it several times a week.
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