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SCIN 401 Week 7 Assignment

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SCIN 401 Final Research Project Instructions:

The Final Research Project represents your synthesis and research of large scale concepts in mammalogy applied to a specific topic or situation. The Final Research Projects represent your original work and thought with carefully cited research. You choose a research project based a list of potential topics and activities. You also choose the format for the research project, either a PowerPoint presentation or a written research paper.  The Final Research Project will be worth 20% of your final course grade.  The topic for your project should come from one of the topics listed below.

Research Paper Topics/ Activity List

Choose a topic/activity from the following suggestions. You are welcome to submit an alternative topic for approval, if your interest is not found here.

Local Mammal Survey

  • Want to do research of your own? This is the project for you.
  • Conduct a local mammalian survey. Find a local area you would like to survey use direct (sightings) and indirect measures (e.g., scat, tracks, interviews) to record the mammals in your area.
  • Find life history descriptions for the mammals in your survey. Locate scientific references sources about the species and/or area of your survey.
  • Choose either a PowerPoint Presentation or a research paper to summarize your survey and your findings. If you choose the PowerPoint option, make a screencast of your presentation and submit the url for the screencast as part of your assignment (see Making a Screencast section below). Make recommendations for future study.
  • Consult rubrics below for specific requirements.

Conservation Ecology Presentation

  • Interested in conservation ecology? Prefer to create a PowerPoint presentation rather than write a research paper? This is the project for you.
  • Choose an endangered mammal species.
  • Prepare a PowerPoint presentation about the life history, biogeography, and biology of that species. Make a screencast of your presentation and submit the url for the screencast as part of your assignment (see Making a Screencast section below). Discuss the causes of endangerment.
  • Summarize your findings and suggest the best solutions for conservation of that species based on your research.
  • Consult rubric below for specific requirements.

Hot Topics in Mammalogy

  • Do you love scientific research and reading papers? Do you like “big picture” concepts? This is the project for you.
  • Conduct a literature review on one of the following topics:
    • Role of captive populations in mammal conservation
    • Cryptic mammal species (use of genetic data)
    • Dietary overlap/ sympatric mammal species
    • Chemical communication in mammals
    • Choose your own topic (but it must be pre-approved by professor)
  • Write a research paper reviewing and summarizing the current state of knowledge on the topic. Propose what areas of knowledge are lacking and need further research.
  • Consult rubric below for specific requirements.

Making a Screencast

Screencasting will allow you to narrate your PowerPoint project as if you were giving the presentation. You will need a microphone, soundcard, and speakers on your computer to use this option.

  • Go to this website http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/
  • Watch this video to show you the basics of using the screencast: http://som.screencasthost.com/channels/cXhI3EVTh#navback
  • Click start recording. Place your PowerPoint presentation in the record window and then start narrating your presentation. Click Done when you are finished.
  • Choose Screencast-O-Matic upload option and then copy and paste the URL (website address) into your assignment content box when you submit your PowerPoint in the online class.

Research Project Guidelines

Rubric for PowerPoint Option

Category Criterion Percentage of Score
Content/Subject Knowledge and Synthesis of Concepts ·         Presentation showed a clear understanding of the chosen topic.

·         Ideas are clearly and properly organized.

40%
Voice Over Screencast & Speaker’s Notes ·         Voice narrated screencast is completed and URL is submitted.

·         Detailed discussion of ideas for each slide is contained in speaker’s notes.

20%
Format ·         Presentation contains a minimum of 10 slides.

·         Presentation includes a title, an introduction, several main, a conclusion, and a reference slide.

·         Slides contain concise and well written bullet points.

5%
Use of Technology ·         Student demonstrates ability to use PowerPoint software to create a slide presentation.

·         Presentation is visually appealing and contains properly cited images.

·         Creative ideas are incorporated into the presentation.

5%
References and Citations ·         Reference sources are identified through student research. Effort is made to find scholarly and scientifically reputable sources.

·         A minimum of three reference sources are identified through student research.

·         A minimum of three reference sources are utilized in the presentation demonstrated by in-text citation, either in the slides or speaker’s notes.

·         References are properly cited according to APA style guidelines for both in-text citation and a reference list.

15%
Writing Standards ·         Writing is grammatically correct, clear and concise.

·         Writing is well formulated and easy to read and understand.

·         Attention is paid to all aspects of writing including punctuation, homophones, capitalization, spelling, etc.

·         Correct terminology is used.

15%
Timeliness ·         Assignment due Sunday of Week 7. The assignment was not submitted on time. 10% deduction

Rubric for Research Paper Option

Category Criterion Percentage of Score
Content/Subject Knowledge and Synthesis of Concepts ·         Research paper shows a clear understanding of the chosen topic.

·         Ideas are clearly and properly organized.

45%
Format ·         Research  paper contains a title, an abstract, keywords, introduction, methods and materials, results, discussion, and a literature cited sections.

·         Research paper should be typewritten in double-spaced format using Arial or Times New Roman styles in a 11 or 12-point black font.

·         Margins are one inch on all sides.

·         The paper should be complete and the main body should be a minimum of 1000 words in length (excluding cover page, references, etc.).

15%
References and Citations ·         Reference sources are identified through student research. Effort is made to find scholarly and scientifically reputable sources.

·         A minimum of five reference sources are identified through student research.

·         A minimum of five reference sources are utilized in the journal article demonstrated by in-text citation.

·         References are properly cited according to APA guidelines for both in-text citation and a reference page.

20%
Writing Standards ·         Writing is grammatically correct, clear and concise.

·         Writing is well formulated and easy to read and understand.

·         Attention is paid to all aspects of writing including punctuation, homophones, capitalization, spelling, etc.

·         Correct terminology is used.

20%
Timeliness ·         Assignment due Sunday of Week 7. The assignment was not submitted on time. 10% deduction