BIOLOGY

ASSIGNMENT 08

SC160 Basic Biology

Directions: Be sure to save an electronic copy of your answer before submitting it to Ashworth College for grading. Unless otherwise stated, answer in complete sentences, and be sure to use correct English, spelling and grammar. Sources must be cited in APA format. Your response should be four (4) double-spaced pages; refer to the “Assignment Format” page located on the Course Home page for specific format requirements.

Discuss the applications of each of following in biology today and include three examples of each with a brief description.

a. DNA in forensic science

b. Population evolution and microbial life

c. Biological diversity evolution

d. Plant and animal evolution

e. Population growth

f. Biomes and ecosystems

Grading Rubric

Please refer to the rubric on the next page for the grading criteria for this assignment.

CATEGORYExemplarySatisfactoryUnsatisfactoryUnacceptable

10 points 8 points 5 points 2 points

Student provides a clear,

logical description of the

application of DNA in

forensic science, along with

at least 3 clear, logical

examples.

Student provides a mostly

clear, logical description of

the application of DNA in

forensic science, along with

at least 2 mostly clear,

logical examples.

Student provides a partially

clear, logical description of

the application of DNA in

forensic science, along with

at least 2 partially clear,

logical examples.

Student provides a weak or

unclear description of the

application of DNA in

forensic science, along

with at least 1 weak or

unclear example.

15 points 12 points 8 points 5 points

Student provides a clear,

logical description of the

application of population

evolution and microbial life,

along with at least 3 clear,

logical examples.

Student provides a mostly

clear, logical description of

the application of

population evolution and

microbial life, along with at

least 2 mostly clear, logical

examples.

Student provides a partially

clear, logical description of

the application of

population evolution and

microbial life, along with at

least 2 partially clear, logical

examples.

Student provides a weak or

unclear description of the

application of population

evolution and microbial

life, along with at least 1

weak or unclear example.

10 points 8 points 5 points 2 points

Student provides a clear,

logical description of the

application of biological

diversity evolution, along

with at least 3 clear, logical

examples.

Student provides a mostly

clear, logical description of

the application of biological

diversity evolution, along

with at least 2 mostly clear,

logical examples.

Student provides a partially

clear, logical description of

the application of biological

diversity evolution, along

with at least 2 partially

clear, logical examples.

Student provides a weak or

unclear description of the

application of biological

diversity evolution, along

with at least 1 weak or

unclear example.

15 points 12 points 8 points 5 points

Student provides a clear,

logical description of the

application of plant and

animal evolution, along with

at least 3 clear, logical

examples.

Student provides a mostly

clear, logical description of

the application of plant and

animal evolution, along with

at least 2 mostly clear,

logical examples.

Student provides a partially

clear, logical description of

the application of plant and

animal evolution, along

with at least 2 partially

clear, logical examples.

Student provides a weak or

unclear description of the

application of plant and

animal evolution, along

with at least 1 weak or

unclear example.

10 points 8 points 5 points 2 points

Student provides a clear,

logical description of the

application of population

growth, along with at least 3

clear, logical examples.

Student provides a mostly

clear, logical description of

the application of

population growth, along

with at least 2 mostly clear,

logical examples.

Student provides a partially

clear, logical description of

the application of

population growth, along

with at least 2 partially

clear, logical examples.

Student provides a weak or

unclear description of the

application of population

growth, along with at least

1 weak or unclear

example.

15 points 12 points 8 points 5 points

Student provides a clear,

logical description of the

application of biomes and

ecosystems, along with at

least 3 clear, logical

examples.

Student provides a mostly

clear, logical description of

the application of biomes

and ecosystems, along with

at least 2 mostly clear,

logical examples.

Student provides a partially

clear, logical description of

the application of biomes

and ecosystems, along with

at least 2 partially clear,

logical examples.

Student provides a weak or

unclear description of the

application of biomes and

ecosystems, along with at

least 1 weak or unclear

example.

10 points 8 points 5 points 2 points

Student makes no errors in

grammar or spelling that

distract the reader from the

content.

Student makes 1-2 errors in

grammar or spelling that

distract the reader from the

content.

Student makes 3-4 errors in

grammar or spelling that

distract the reader from the

content.

Student makes more than

4 errors in grammar or

spelling that distract the

reader from the content.

DNA in forensic

science (10 points)

Biological diversity

evolution (10 points)

Plant and animal

evolution (15 points)

Mechanics –

Grammar,

Punctuation,

Spelling (10 Points)

Biomes and

ecosystems (15

points)

Population

evolution and

microbial life (15

points)

Population growth

(10 points)

15 points 12 points 8 points 5 points

The paper is written in

proper format. All sources

used for quotes and facts are

credible and cited correctly.

Excellent organization,

including a variety of

thoughtful transitions.

The paper is written in

proper format with only 1-2

errors. All sources used for

quotes and facts are credible

and most are cited correctly.

Adequate organization

includes a variety of

appropriate transitions.

The paper is written in

proper format with only 3-5

errors. Most sources used

for quotes and facts are

credible and cited correctly.

Essay is poorly organized,

but may include a few

effective transitions.

The paper is not written in

proper format. Many

sources used for quotes

and facts are less than

credible (suspect) and/or

are not cited correctly.

Essay is disorganized and

does not include effective

transitions.

Format – APA

Format, Citations,

Organization,

Transitions (15

Points)

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