Science Literacy Assignment

Science Literacy Assignment

BIOL 209: General Genetics

Science Literacy Assignment

Content: There are many ethical questions regarding biological concepts and techniques. Students are required to compare and contrast two topics of their choosing and write a term paper on it following the guidelines below. The instructor has a list of topics that students can sign-up for. All topics must be approved by the instructor; failure to do so will result in a deduction of 50% of your grade.

Be sure to use credible sources when conducting your literature search. One of the sources MUST be a primary source (scientific journal article). Make sure that all sources are properly cited within the text and on a “References” page using APA writing style. For assistance with APA style, refer to this website: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/2/10/ Students do not have to include an abstract.

Due Date and Submission: Students will complete this assignment and submit an electronic copy by 11:59 pm on 6/12/19. No paper or email submissions will be accepted; this assignment MUST be submitted via Blackboard. The assignment may be submitted early, but NO LATE PAPERS WILL BE ACCEPTED. If a student needs clarification, please email the instructor as soon as possible. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL IT IS DUE TO ASK QUESTIONS!

Grading: This assignment will be graded out of 100 points. For a breakdown of points, refer to the second page.

Paper Format: Students are expected to turn in a minimum of 6-pages. Use double-space, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, and 1-inch margins on all sides of the pages. The first page is the title page. Be sure to include a creative title and use center alignment. The body of the paper will be a minimum of 4 pages (excluding graphics). The last page will be the References page.

Failure to comply with format guidelines will result in point deductions.

Drafts: The literacy assignment will be submitted through SafeAssign which is a database that checks for plagiarism. Students are able and encouraged to submit drafts before the final submission to check the percent similarity (plagiarized material). The percent similarity must be below 15% to receive credit for this assignment. The instructor will not view the drafts unless requested by the student.

Guidelines:

Be sure to write a paragraph describing each of the following:

1) Introductory paragraph

a. Give an overview of the paper.

2) Explain Topic #1.

a. What is it? How does it occur? Why does it occur? Are there different types? Why is it biologically controversial? Describe at least one specific example of its use.

3) Explain Topic #2.

a. What is it? How does it occur? Why does it occur? Are there different types? Why is it biologically controversial? Describe at least one specific example of its use.

4) Describe at least four similarities between the two topics.

5) Describe at least four differences between the two topics.

6) What is your personal reaction to the topics?

a. Describe your thoughts, feelings, and opinions on the topics.

b. If you had to support one of these topics, which one would it be and why?

7) Concluding paragraph

a. Wrap up the information contained in this paper.

Grading Breakdown:

Max pts

Category

To earn the maximum points

7 pts

Format

1-in margins

Double-spaced

12 pt Times New Roman font

Minimum of 6 pages: title page, reference page, min 4 page body

8 pts

Introduction

Give an overview of what the reader should expect

12 pts

Topic #1

State and define the topic

Explain how and why it occurs

Explains the different types, if applicable

Explains the controversy and at least one example

12 pts

Topic #2

State and define the topic

Explain how and why it occurs

Explains the different types, if applicable

Explains the controversy and at least one example

15 pts

Similarities

Explains four similarities between the two topics

15 pts

Differences

Explains four differences between the two topics

8 pts

Personal Reaction

Explains your feelings and WHY and which one you would support

8 pts

Concluding

Concluding remarks

7.5 pts

References

In-text citations

Correctly formatted references (APA format)

At least one primary source

7.5 pts

Originality, Creativity, Effort

Minimum direct quotes

Minimum spelling errors

Minimum grammatical errors

Effective use of transitions between paragraphs

Other helpful hints:

· Failure to submit your topic for approval will result in a 50% deduction of your grade.

· Remember to paraphrase when possible and try to avoid direct quotations. o Be sure to provide in-text citations for information that is not common knowledge or information that was obtained from a source even when paraphrased.

o Use of a rewording/paraphrasing website or app will result in a zero on this assignment.

· Explain each of the above points in DETAIL! Write more not less.

· Feel free to insert diagrams and pictures that help to illustrate your point. However, please remember that they are not included in your page count. So if you insert a graphic, then the body of the paper should be longer than 4 pages and there should be a caption or figure legend to explain the significance of the illustration.

· Reread your paper paying close attention to spelling and grammar.

· Seek assistance if you require it.

· Do not wait until the day before it is due to begin this assignment.

· Remember that this assignment is worth 10% of your final grade and can make the difference between a letter grade.

Powerpoint Presentation:

· Students will create a 3-4 slide presentation on their topic that will be used to introduce the topic to the class and invoke discussion. The slides are due by 6/12/19 at 11:59 pm.

Grading Rubric:

Criteria

Excellent

Above Average

Average

Below Average

Format

Followed all format guidelines

7 pts

Missing 1 formatting guideline

4-6 pts

Missing 2 formatting guidelines

1-3 pts

Less than 6 pages 0 pts

Introduction

Thoroughly introduced the topic and

controversy and gave a

complete overview of the paper

7-8 pts

Adequately introduced the topic and/or

controversy and gave a

satisfactory overview of

the paper

5-6 pts

Inadequately introduced the topic and/or

controversy or gave an

incomplete overview of

the paper

2-4 pts

Provided a poor overview or no

introductory paragraph

0-1 pts

Topic #1

Thoroughly explained the topic: what, when, how, why, types,

controversies, examples

10-12 pts

Adequately stated the topic: what, when, how, why, types,

controversies, examples

7-9 pts

Inadequately stated the topic: what, when, how, why, types,

controversies, examples

4-6 pts

Stated but did not explain the topic: what, when, how, why, types,

controversies, examples

0-3 pts

Topic #2

Thoroughly explained the topic: what, when, how, why, types,

controversies, examples

10-12 pts

Adequately stated the topic: what, when, how, why, types,

controversies, examples

7-9 pts

Inadequately stated the topic: what, when, how, why, types,

controversies, examples

4-6 pts

Stated but did not explain the topic: what, when, how, why, types,

controversies, examples

0-3 pts

Similarities

Thoroughly explains four similarities between the

two topics

12-15 pts

Thoroughly explains less than four similarities or

adequately explains four similarities

8-11 pts

States four similarities but fails to elaborate on

them

4-7 pts

Fails to list and explain four similarities

0-3 pts

Differences

Thoroughly explains four differences between the

two topics

12-15 pts

Thoroughly explains less than four differences or

adequately explains four differences

8-11 pts

States four differences but fails to elaborate on

them

4-7 pts

Fails to list and explain four differences

0-3 pts

Personal

Reaction

Thoroughly describes and explains your

opinions using facts and explains the topic you

would chose and why

7-8 pts

Adequately describes and explains your

opinions using facts and explains the topic you

would chose and why

5-6 pts

Describes and partially explains your opinion

with little to no factual

support or the topic you would support

3-4 pts

Poor description and/or explanation of your opinions

0-2 pts

Conclusions

Thoroughly provides concluding remarks and

delivers a strong takehome message

7-8 pts

Adequately provides concluding remarks and

a take-home message

5-6 pts

Provides concluding remarks without a welldefined take-home message

3-4 pts

Poorly concludes the topic

0-2 pts

References

Provides proper number and format of in-text citations, correctly

formatted references

page and used at least 1 primary source

6-7.5 pts

Missing a couple in-text citations, correctly

formatted references

page and used at least 1 primary source

4-5 pts

Missing most in-text citations and/or references

2-3 pts

No references page and/or no in-text

citations and/or no

primary source used

0-1 pts

Effort

Less than 5% similarity, minimum errors and

minimum to no direct

quotes

6-7.5 pts

Less than 15% similarity, some errors and

minimum use of direct

quotes 4-5 pts

Less than 15% similarity, excessive use of direct

quotes and/or errors

reduce readability

2-3 pts

More than 15% similarity

0-1 pts

Here is the bioethics topic for my literacy assignment,

Deforestation vs. Overfishing

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