Biology

BIOL 1010

Class Participation Grade

Introduction. You will note that the grading scheme posted in the BIOL 1010 syllabus documents a Class Participation grade that is to be determined by the instructor. I have been debating with myself on what I could possibly assign that would (1) connect with biology content, (2) connect biology content with real world news and events, and (3)result in a legitimate boost to a student’s grade. I believe that a current event project (a series of 10 submissions) will do the trick.

Procedure. The student will complete 5 current events reports (see Details below) and hand them on the due date identified as CLASS PARTICIPATION SUBMISSION A (in the course syllabus). The student will complete another 5 current events reports and hand them in on the due date identified as CLASS PARTICIPATION SUBMISSION B (in the course syllabus).

Details. The student will search for a CURRENT NEWS ITEM RELEVANT TO BIOLOGY. These events can be from on-line or paper sources, but the CURRENT NEWS ITEM MUST BE DOCUMENTED AS TO ITS TITLE, AUTHOR(S), AND SOURCE so that the instructor can easily track down the resource. Each current news report MUST DOCUMENT THE CONTENT of the article IN THE STUDENT’S OWN WORDS. The student should include ONE RELEVANT QUOTE FROM THE ARTICLE that alludes to the content of the article. Finally, the student should COMMENT ON THE RELEVANCY OR IMPORTANCE OF THE ARTICLE. You must attach a hardcopy of the article.

Grading Rubric.

CURRENT NEWS ITEM RELEVANT TO BIOLOGY 1 pt

CURRENT NEWS ITEM MUST BE DOCUMENTED AS TO ITS TITLE 1 pt

CURRENT NEWS ITEM MUST BE DOCUMENTED AS TO ITS AUTHOR(S) 1 pt

CURRENT NEWS ITEM MUST BE DOCUMENTED AS TO ITS SOURCE 1 pt

MUST DOCUMENT THE CONTENT… 2 pts

…IN THE STUDENT’S OWN WORDS 1 pt

ONE RELEVANT QUOTE FROM THE ARTICLE 1 pt

COMMENT ON THE RELEVANCY OR IMPORTANCE OF THE ARTICLE 1 pt

HARDCOPY ATTACHED 1 pt

TOTAL POINTS PER REPORT: 10 pts

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