BI306 Biological Literature

for FA 2010

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BI 306 Biological Literature


FA 2010 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

MWF--10--11; 1-2;  TR--10-11:30

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

Aug. 16—Dec. 10, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

12:00 - 1:15 PM


WCT completion and 60 hours

Credit Hours




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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

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.

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.


 Assignment  %  pts
 Class Assignments
 20%  160 pts
 Participation  5%  40 pts
 Articles  10%  80 pts
 Mid-term Exam
 120 pts
 Resume/Cover letter
 80 pts
 Poster & Presentation
 160 pts
 Proposal  20%  160 pts
 TOTAL  100%  800 pts

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. Exceptions MAY be made on an individual basis.

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.

8/16 Introduction & requirements;

8/18 Scientific writing—what is it? Literature types & standard formats; plagiarism & internet sources

8/23 Science of Scientific writing

8/25 Mechanics of writing



9/6 Labor Day

9/8 Mechanics of writing

9/13 Resume & Cover letter

9/15 Grammar


9/22 (Resume due)



10/4 Exam Review      

10/6 Exam

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


11/17 (Poster on 11/19)



11/29 Paper 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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 92-93
PLAGIARISM, 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.

  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 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: .

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

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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 More than 4 factual errors 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:



*Page numbers

*Works cited

*Internal documentation

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



*Page numbers

*Works cited

*Internal documentation

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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