Scientist Research Project
SMC1312 – Foundations of Reflection: Nature
Proposed Scientist/Idea on form provided (note: this counts as part of your grade!):
Monday, Oct. 7, 2013
Approval of Scientist/Idea:
Monday, Oct. 11, 2013
Presentation (MS Powerpoint .ppt or .pptx format) and paper (MS Word .doc or .docx) in hardcopy 2-slides/page and notes, no exceptions!, and on CD, no exceptions!:
Monday, Nov. 4, 2013
NOTE: On the day of your presentation, be prepared to present. This means that you should have, as a minimum, your presentation on a memory stick to use in the classroom computer. You can also have your own computer, but only as backup. Changing computers in and out takes too much time to be the primary choice for presenting. If you are not prepared to present on the day assigned, then points will be taken off.
1) Scientist Selection: Select a specific scientist that you are interested in researching and learning more about. Turn-in the name of your requested scientist/idea on the Scientist Selection Form provided on Blackboard by the specified deadline and you will be approved or requested to select a different one (based on duplication – first-come, first-served).
2) Presentation (including Notes in the Notes section of Powerpoint): Research your selected scientist and his/her life, ideas, and accomplishments to produce a 15-minute, 20-slide minimum, Powerpoint presentation. A minimum of five (5) sources must be used in your research (NOTE: only two electronic sources can be used). Use the notes capability in Powerpoint to include all the main points you will make verbally in your talk but did not want to put on the slides because it would make them too wordy/crowded (NOTE: this will be part of your grade, so use the capability!). Slides should not contain any complete sentences unless you are providing an exact quote. There should be a balance between words and images. Be sure to cover the following in your presentation, but do not use this list as an explicit outline:
A. About the Scientist – a brief biography:
a. Dates of birth and death
b. Country of origin
c. Location of work/research
d. Early life, family, where/how they lived
f. Personal life (e.g. marriage, children)
g. Any special attributes such as health, personality, eccentricities, religious beliefs
h. How the scientist earned his/her living
i. Contemporaries your scientist worked with/knew
j. General social environment/status
B. About the Research/Discovery/Theory/Accomplishments:
a. Research area(s)
b. Primary discovery and other lesser ones, if relevant (what is the scientist “famous” for)
c. Background that lead up to the discovery (timeline of events, motivation of the research)
d. Circumstances surrounding the discovery/what lead to the discovery
e. How/where the work was reported/disseminated
f. Response of scientific community/society to the work
g. Example applications of the principles/discovery
h. Impact the scientist’s work had on society/history/humankind
i. Evolution of the work to modern times and view of it today (correctness/incorrectness)
j. Key publications (e.g. books, papers) written by the individual
C. Your assessment of the Scientist’s life and work based on the four parts of creativity we have talked about in class – be sure to discuss your assessment of the importance of each for your particular scientist and his/her accomplishments:
d. Zeitgeist (Spirit of the Times)
3) Paper: In addition to the presentation, write a 1000-word (approximately 1-2 pages, single-spaced) paper analyzing your selected scientist with respect to the four parts of creativity (e.g. a formal, written version of Part C of your presentation). Place your scientist on the timeline on the development of science that I have been showing at the end of many classes. Your paper should contain a complete list of all reference used. If Web articles are used, be sure to provide full, complete referencing, not just the URL. Your paper must be grammatically correct and free of spelling errors. Points will be taken off for both of these – if they become excessive, I will stop reading.
Your presentation must be 15 minutes, or points will be deducted. If you wish to use a video, it can be no longer than 2 minutes of your 15 minutes. Make your presentation as graphic and image-based as possible. Do not fill your slides with paragraphs that you read! Be sure to include images of the scientist, their work, etc. Select colors for background and text that work so that your slides are readable. In your presentation, tell “stories” about your scientist and their life, do not just list a bunch of facts. Explain the pictures and other images you have selected to use on your slides and put the key points in the notes portion of your Powerpoint as that will be the material I will be grading with respect to sufficient content. Learn to pronounce the words and names you are using before doing your presentation.
SMC1312 – Foundations of Reflection: Nature
Criteria for Evaluating Undergraduate Writing
Scientist Research Project – Fall 2013
The following criteria are intended as guidelines in generating your Scientist Research Paper. All documents submitted will be evaluated based on these criteria. NOTE: Plagiarism is illegal and can result in expulsion from the University. Plagiarism, or any suspicion of it, will result in a grade of 0 – no discussion. It is a waste of my time to grade the work that someone else has done and that you found in a reference, it is to grade what you are capable of doing.
The document has a stated purpose, as well as motivation for the purpose, and is relevant to the assignment.
2. Description, Analysis, and Development
The document provides a reasoned response to the assignment and supports the purpose. Key terms are defined and clarified; clear, well-written description of each component of the system is provided; information concepts and arguments are summarized, analyzed, interpreted, and evaluated; methods of analysis are employed as appropriate, including outlining a process, comparing and contrasting alternatives, considering counter-arguments, attributing cause and effect, and drawing inductive and deductive conclusions; discussion of any problems, along with potential solutions and their pros/cons is provided;
3. Support and Research
The document incorporates relevant data, statistical analysis, examples, quoted authorities, and textual evidence to support its purpose. The author evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates source material ethically.
The document provides readers with a structure and logical progression that clarifies and supports the purpose. The document’s beginning expresses purpose; its body develops the purpose through the use of appropriate topic sections. Paragraphs are well-structured and sequenced with topic sentences and logical transitions. NOTE: if paragraph content becomes redundant and is a rehash in a different way of a particular topic, it is an indication of plagiarism. Plan and do your own work!
5. Insight and Originality
The document offers innovation, engages the reader and invites thought. Insight and originality may be evident in various components of the document, including the introduction, the analysis and development, and the support and research. NOTE: out-of-character, summative and evaluative statements that synthesize more than you are likely to have researched, will be suspect for plagiarism – do your own work! e.g “Flamboyant and iconoclastic, nonconformist in religion and unconventional in philosophy, . . . was more a product of the age of Rousseau and the French Revolution than of Adam Smith and David Hume.” is a good example of such a statement and will raise a red flag to me that you have plagiarized.
6. Style and Conventions
Style and Language of the Discipline
The document uses specialized word
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