Science in the News

Comment:
Science in the News
Personal Journal Entries in BlackBoard
(3 Reports through the term, worth 5 marks each, for a total of 15 marks)
Due Dates: See Critical Path
Find a recent (within the previous 4 weeks of the Journal Due Date given on the Critical Path) news article about Science in your local paper, the internet, magazines, etc. Make sure that your source is reputable and not some source that is of a tabloid nature; consult the list of “Science News Sources” in the Journal Science Links section of BlackBoard.
The theme of these personal entries in BlackBoard is an exploration of the different areas that Science impacts, and to see the effects of Science at work.
In a 300-700 word report, attached as a Word (or compatible) file within Assignments category in Blackboard, discuss the following:
Synopsis (1 mark): In your own words, give a synopsis of the article (less than 150 words; if it is more than 150 words, one mark will be deducted from the entire assignment). Assignments with work that is copied directly from the article, or another article, will be marked as zero.
Guideline Questions (150 words or more; 1 mark):
o What did you know about this particular topic before you read the article?
o What were your preconceptions?
o What do you still want to know? In other words, what questions do you have as a follow-up to your readings?
Reflections and Speculations (150 words or more; 1 mark):
o What surprised you?
o How does it affect you in particular?
o What did you find interesting about this article that caught your attention?
o What are the (potentially) good and bad consequences associated with this topic? In other words, what is your best prediction (guess) of its future (say 10, 20 or 50 years down the road)?
I do not expect a linear, point-by-point report strictly following the outline above, nor do I expect a simple re-wording of the article itself. These are guides, minimum expectations that you must meet, but I expect to see some originality and creativity in the journal entries. Do not hesitate do go beyond the scope of these questions and to support your work with secondary resources (note: do not use Wikipedia). A sample format is given below, but do feel free to be creative in your presentation.
The file will be submitted through SafeAssign to check for Academic Integrity. The SafeAssign results will be available to you and show you how much of your work overlaps other documented material (often it’s also a good indicator of the overuse of quoted material which pads the word count); this tool gives you the opportunity to rewrite and resubmit the file (you have 3 attempts available).
Each of your journal entries must cover a different topic in Science; for example, after you have finished the course, you will have submitted 3 entries covering 3 different areas such as astronomy, genetics, and ecology.
EVALUATION
See the ‘Journal Grading Form’ below to see the evaluation criteria and expectations. This form (with marks) will be visible to you after grading.
Note other penalties:
 If the article is more than 4 weeks old, 2 marks will be deducted.
 If the article is more than 6 weeks old, 4 marks will be deducted.
 If the synopsis of the article is more than 150 words, one mark will be deducted.
 Quoting a small 2 or 3 word phrase is acceptable, but avoid quoting entire sentences in order to minimize your work (these will be deducted from the word count). Use your own words.
 Please do not rewrite/repeat the Guideline or Reflection questions in the body of the report (these will be deducted from the word count). This usually results in a dry, static report.
LATE SUBMISSIONS
For journal entries submitted past the due date, a late penalty of 20% per day (or 1 mark per day, out of maximum 5 marks per assignment) will be applied to the value of the assignment.
JOURNAL GRADING FORM:
Objective/Criteria
Performance Indicators (total 5 marks)
Unsatisfactory (0 points)
Average (.5 points)
Excellent (1 point)
Grammar/Spelling/
Citations
 4 errors or more
 Frequent grammar, spelling or citation errors.
 No consistency.
 1-3 errors.
 All grammar, spelling and citations are correct.
Presentation/Content
 Content is sparse and disorganized.
 Aesthetically unappealing.
 Difficult to read or understand.
 Content is adequate.
 Functional and adequate organization.
 Aesthetically acceptable, but there is room for improvement.
 Did not attach Word file
 Complete and in-depth content.
 Exceptional clarity of structure.
 Well-constructed paragraphs and sentences.
 Organization is professional.
 Aesthetically appealing and inviting.
Analysis of Article/Synopsis
 No effort or understanding of the Science in the article.
 Regurgitation of material.
 Vagueness.
 Adequate explanation and understanding.
 Some misinterpretation.
 Literate explanation, with clarity and insight.
 Logical exposition.
 Exceptional understanding of subject is apparent.
Guideline Questions
 Questions not answered.
 Less than 50 words
 Some questions answered completely, others not.
 Less than 150 words
 All questions answered, but student goes beyond minimal criteria and provides other interesting information.
 Word count met.
Reflections
 No evidence of understanding of material.
 No science connection made between student and topic.
 Repetition of synopsis.
 No insight.
 Less than 50 words
 Shows evidence of understanding, but there is room for improvement.
 Some parts of synopsis repeated.
 Less than 150 words
 Shows evidence of understanding all of the material.
 Connection to the material made.
 Enthusiasm is apparent in the work.
 Provides material for further investigation.
 Word count met.
Cite your sources properly.
Reports that are copied from other sources without reference will be returned without evaluation and may be the basis for further academic penalty. Follow the following link for an understanding of what plagiarism is: http://library.humber.ca/research/copyright_student.php?area=plagiarism#plagiarism
Also watch this interactive tutorial “You Quote it, You Note it.” http://library.humber.ca/tutorials/QuoteIT/index.html
Cite your sources in APA style, and be consistent within your work: http://www.library.humber.ca/paper/step5.php
Since most of you will probably be using online resources as given in the Weblinks, here is the direct link to the style for citing an online news article: http://library.humber.ca/paper/apaformat.php#web
Sample Format of Report
Your Name: A. Einstein
Topic Area: Cosmology (remember, your three journals must cover three different areas)
Title of Article/Reference: see http://www.library.humber.ca/paper/step5.php. If you are using a web article, I’ll accept a direct link as well.
Synopsis
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Guideline Questions
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Reflections and Speculations
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