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|Organism/Individual selection. Google Form Completed and submitted by each student (every day you are late) 1 grade point less (STEP 1)
|Faculty approves (or not) the project. After approval students start working on searching for information.
|Feb 27 to
|Out of class time. Find, summarize and save information found on different sites, peered review sources, and others. (STEP 2)
|Website Project Lab. 3 hours to work on your projects. Random draw as to what two websites you need to review, evaluate and provide feedback. (STEP 3)
|Draft Website Due & Peer-review starts. Start reviewing two websites (see instructions in STEP 4).
|Peer-review ends. Finalize review of two websites, see step 4 to guide your evaluation. Failure to provide meaningful feedback will result in 50% loss of your grade
|Final Draft of Website is due.
Goals and Description of Project
Goals of the Assignment
- To give you an opportunity to learn in depth about an organism of interest to you
- To provide you with an opportunity to show your ability to synthesize information in a creative, concise, reliable and scientifically sound way
- To help you explore the intersection of science, creativity and art
- To help you acquire a basic understanding of website design
- To highlight the importance of evaluating websites
- To highlight the importance of using a variety of sources from the literature
- To understand the importance of copyright and plagiarism
Description of Assignment
Use websites providing authoritative information on your species/group and supplement with primary literature as needed to find the following information about your species:
- Overview: Write an overview of the basic biology of your species/group, noting such aspects as its distribution, habitat, physical characteristics, food and feeding, relationship to other organisms in the ecosystem, reproduction, development and lifespan, behavior, and communication. Write only a few sentences on each aspect. Provide in-text citations to the websites and other sources that you used.
- Classification: Provide the following taxonomic information (use the categories necessary to specify your group/species): kingdom, phylum, class, order, suborder, family, genus, species, subspecies.
- Current research: Share the latest research done for your organism in the last 5-10 years. You may include different areas of research including physiology, ecology, evolution, and/or conservation. Include all major findings and in-text citations to the papers you reference. You should conduct a relatively thorough review of the literature in order to find this information.
- If Applicable to your Species/Group
- Conservation Status: Indicate the status of your species/group on (1) the United States Endangered Species Act list, (2) the United States Migratory Bird Treaty Act, (3) the IUCN list, and (4) the CITES list.
- Conservation Issues: Write a narrative on the conservation issues relevant to your species/group and the threats it faces. Aim for about 2-3 paragraphs in length, although this will vary among groups/species. Provide in-text citations to the websites that you used.
- Conservation Organizations: Provide links to organizations involved with the conservation of species/group. Provide a one sentence annotation for each organization.
5. Literature Cited: a complete list of all the websites (and other sources) you use on your website following the format specified below. Minimum number of sources for the overall assignment: 12
- At least 6 sources need to be articles from peered-reviewed journals. Try high impact articles from high impact journals (cited many times)
- Use format as described in: Citation tab
6. Images and other fun stuff: If you find images, sounds, videos, etc. that will enhance the aesthetic impact and/or the information included on your website, please include them. These, too, must be included in the list of citations!
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