presentations, chapters and their review pages in the text, use of the publisher’s study -guide, and the publisher’s web-based chapter review material (including glossary, activities, videos, and online review self-tests). Additional helps may be posted online. The quiz grades constitute 40% of the course grade. Essay Comprehension, integration and application of topical content ( i.e. , “real world connections”), for both textbook and non-textbook material, will be assessed by posing a problem/issue that requires reflection and considered responses, to be answered in the form of an essay 500-1000 words in length with at least 3 references. The essay grade constitutes 10% of the course grade. Lab Reports Reports will be due from each of 8 virtual laboratory exercises, one for each unit of the course. Sometimes the Lab Report will just be the completion and submission of answer sheets such as in Week 1 Lab. For weeks 2-8 a written Lab Report will be required. The written lab report should be about 2-5 text pages (longer is okay if graphs or tables are included) and formatted in the manner of scientific research papers. Thus each written report should include the following sections using these words typed in bold as section headings to divide the lab report. All Lab Reports should have the following sections: Name (be sure to include your name) Title (create a descriptive title for the report); Abstract (mini-summary of the report) Introduction (“introduces” the work with background info); Methods (describe the method used to do the work in enough detail that the reader can follow what you have done); Results (this is where you place the raw data or results of the work); Discussion (this is where you discuss and explain the results); References (list references in APA style).
15 The lab report grades constitute 20% of the course grade. Blackboard Discussions Scientific Discussion questions for this course are specified above in this Syllabus in the Course Schedule, and are posted under the Discussion Board of Blackboard. Any further explanation that may be needed will be posted on Blackboard at the beginning of each unit. There is one question for each unit of the course, starting in unit one. There will be a total of 8 discussion questions. For each question posed, students must post an Primary Posting by Wednesday midnight during the week assigned. Since not everyone will have the same viewpoint, each student is to review other student contributions in order to gain further insight and learning. Two Substantive Response Posts to one or more other students’ contributions (or to my contributions) by the following Saturday midnight . Such dialogue and exchange is an important attribute of scientific discussion. Online students will post a minimum of three times during each discussion. Each Primary posting to Discussion Boards should be a minimum of 150 words (any reference citation data if needed are in addition to this word count).
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