Research Paper and Presentation
(100 pts 20% of total course grade)
Description: Students will work alone or with one partner to research a specific topic related to global change science. Students will report their research results in a written report. Your report must include numerical data and at least two relevant graphs.
Approved topics are: The relationship between global climate change and:
Ozone hole recovery
Purpose: This activity is intended to enhance your research and communication skills, and to help the class better understand the present scientific understanding of key questions related to global climate change.
Learn about your selected topic and learn from others.
Design a research strategy to help you better understand a complex problem
Graph, describe, and interpret your findings.
Compare and contrast different viewpoints
Create a presentation of your findings in written form.
You may work with one partner if you wish. Students working as a team should turn-in one written report. For team reports, a brief paragraph should be included identifying what work each team member did on the project.
Students must submit a research paper proposal (20 pts) by the 8th week of classes. your proposal should include a brief description of your topic and your preconceptions about what you expect to find from researching this topic. Include 1 graph of relevant data in your proposal and at least one reference (see references cited below for format).
Students must write a final report (180 pts) including the features described below. Clearly label each section in your report so that discussion points are easily identified. The length of you report should be 6 to 8 pages, double spaced 1 inch margins (left, right, top, and bottom) and you must include at least four references.
Write an abstract describing the overall paper including important findings. The abstract should be a short overview of what was accomplished.
Write an introduction to the report. You should try to convince the reader that your paper is worth reading in this section. The introduction should emphasize why you worked on the topic.
Describe your topic and your preconceptions about what you expected to find from researching this topic.
Describe your research methodology. What sources you used, how you determine whether a particular source is trustworthy (this is very important for material from the web)
Describe your numerical data (or model results) and clearly identify the data source(s). Present your data in tables (or graphs) with all data and dates clearly labeled.
Discuss the data and why it looks as it does.
Describe and discuss other relevant information/ideas that you came across in your research that may or may not be supported by numerical data or numerical models.
Describe results from other groups that have differing ideas/results to what you think the main stream research supports. Discuss the credibility of these sources.
Write a conclusion including key findings from any of the above as well as an overall assessment of this activity.
Team reports should include a distribution of responsibility.
For Journals or
magazine articles references should include:
Author, publication date, Title of article, Journal name, volume, number, and page number.
For books the reference should include:
Author, Title of book, Chapter, page number(s), publisher with city, publication date
For World Wide Web sites the reference should include:
Title, author, affiliation, and complete URL address.