— To deeply understand the information in each week’s readings
— To synthesize information found in multiple sources
— To see where you need clarification on concepts, and write good questions
— To find reputable sources and research answers to questions
— To put “book learning” about science into the context of society and daily life
— To interact with your classmates about course concepts
— To practice writing clear, understandable prose with good grammar and spelling
This 2-part assignment is due each week. Please print these instructions!
To do this assignment, you must first read and study all of the week’s assigned readings — the textbook chapters,
my PowerPoints, and any other readings due that week. (This will help eliminate simple questions that are easily
answered in the readings.)
Then, you will post your work to the specified location, as relatively plain text in the Message Box of a Discussion
Forum post. (I won’t be able to read fancy formatting or attachments; they don’t “compile” in Blackboard.)
Your grade will be based on completing the following activities and posting them correctly before the deadlines.
I’ll be looking for substantive content, and a clear, professional style. Yes, spelling and grammar do count!
is due each
. The related
is due the following
For the Week 1 material, post your Part A by the Saturday of Week 1, and your Part B by the
Wednesday of Week 2.
After reading all of the week’s assigned material, submit the following information in
ONE COMBINED POST
the Discussion Forum called
. The subject line
should be brief and should clearly state: (a) YOUR
FULL NAME and (b) PART A.
If your name is Janice Wood, your Part A post’s subject line would be: “
Janice Wood’s Part A
1) Synthesis of the Week’s Readings
Summarize and synthesize
the week’s readings. This should be a coherent, comprehensive synthesis of
information from all sources (textbook, PowerPoints, websites, etc).
of this, tell us briefly (in 1-2 paragraphs) what you found
in the week’s readings,
and also how the week’s readings were
Use this as an opportunity to create a comprehensive “cheat sheet” of information for
reference on the quizzes, homework, etc! All course assignments are open-book, so it will not be
considered cheating to have it on hand when you work on assignments.
2) Four or More Questions