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BI 306 Biological Literature
Sampson, Andrea Dawn


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

BI 306 Biological Literature

Semester

FA 2012 HO

Faculty

Sampson, Andrea Dawn

Title

Adjunct Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

B.S. in Biology, Park University (2009)
M.S. in Biology, University of Nebraska (2011)
M.Ed. in Adult Education, Park University (in progress

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

816-368-1316 (call or text)

E-Mail

andrea.sampson@park.edu

Web Page

http://captain.park.edu/sampson/

Semester Dates

8/20-12/14

Class Days

-M-W-F-

Class Time

9:00 - 9:50 AM

Prerequisites

WCT and 60 credit hours

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

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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

Educational Philosophy:

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:

Assignments, quizzes, training modules, online discussion forum, poster project, and final research proposal.

Grading:

Resume                                                                           50

Letter of application                                                       25

Research topic brainstorming thread                    10

Grammar quiz                                                                  30

There/Their/They’re homework                                    15

Active/Passive Voice homework                                   20

Annotated bibliography                                                   50

IRB training module                                                       20

Hypothesis assignment                                                  10

Abstracts                                                                        25

Plagiarism quiz                                                                  20

Posters                                                                           100

Research Proposal                                                         100

                Outline (20 pts)

                Draft (30 pts)

                Completed proposal (50 pts)

 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will not be accepted.  All assignments must be turned in on time, and no make up quizzes will be given. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Please turn your phone to silent while in the classroom.  Please be courteous to your classmates and respect a quiet learning environment.
If you must eat during class, please make sure that it is done quietly so that it does not disturb others.  Drinks are always welcome.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

BI/CH306 Schedule FA2012

Week 1

Grammar review, resumes

Week 2

Resumes, letter of application, research topic brainstorming thread

Week 3

Grammar quiz, Curriculum Vitae

Week 4

Review scientific method, hypotheses, IRB online training module

Week 5

Writing research papers, works cited and citations, abstracts

Week 6

Abstracts, Plagiarism

Week 7

Outlines and Annotated bibliography

Week 8

TBD

SPRING BREAK

Week 9

Research proposal and poster instruction

Week 10

Research proposal outline due

Week 11

Creating posters

Week 12

Poster printing, Research proposal draft due

Week 13

TBD

Week 14

Poster presenting

Week 15

Research proposal due

Week 16

Final

 

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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:

Bibliography:



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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