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Introduction to Oceanography Lab Semester Project
You have worked very hard learning more about the field of Oceanography so far this semester. It’s time to apply that knowledge. For your semester project, you will be creating a “research poster” based on one of the experiments we completed this semester in the online lab modules. The key to a research poster is synthesizing the information and presenting it in a way that is visually easy to follow and the information is comprehensible. GEOG 101 Cuyamaca College Tidal Patterns Lab Report
Choose an experiment we completed this semester to make your poster on. Not all the lab modules had experiments.
Experiments are defined as performing an activity where we collected data and then analyzed that data to come to a conclusion. I know you did not specifically perform any experiments this semester, but I provided a lot of videos and data sets for you to work with.
If you use a video or data set I created (HINT) you need to add me to your reference list 🙂
Once you have chosen an experiment and have it approved by me, you can start designing your poster.
Once you have your poster completed, you will submit it to me as a rough draft for feedback.
Please only submit a PDF of your poster.
After finishing the final draft of your poster and submitting it to me, you will create a video of yourself presenting your poster using Canvas Studio (the same program we used at the beginning of the semester).
Please only submit a PDF of your poster
See the orientation for instructions on how to use Studio.
You will, then, share this video with your classmates via a discussion board and complete peer responses. This is to mimic a “poster-presentation conference session” that you would normally do at a research conference!
Experiment choice due by Oct 25th by 11:59 pm. Submit it to this
I will approve/deny your topic, or provide any necessary feedback, no later than Oct. 30th.
Poster rough draft due by November 8th, submit them to the assignment in this module.
I will provide you feedback on your poster no later than November 13th.
Poster final draft due by November 29th at the latest.
Presentations due to the discussion board by December 6th.
Presentation should be in the range of 5-7 minutes. You need to thoroughly explain each section.
Peer Responses due by December 10th. (rubric to come)
Poster Content and Design:
I prefer to use power point to design research posters. I find it much easier to manipulate images and text boxes. You can also use google slides if you wish. If you are technologically savy and are well-versed in making posters/infographics and such, feel free to use whatever program you wish. At the end, you must submit a PDF file containing your poster, so make sure you can export as a PDF at the end.
Your poster must contain the following:
Background section: containing background information we might need to know about any topic addressed in the experiment.
Methods section: summarizing how the experiment was performed (this should not be just words, use some pictures too!)
Results section: summarizing the data collected, here is where you might include graphs or any figures/drawings you had to make after finishing the experiment
Conclusions section: what did the data tell us? How might this experiment be relevant and important to understand as we learn more about different ocean properties and how different systems in the ocean work.
References section: you will most likely have to do some additional research into the topics your experiment addresses, please site any references you use here (you should have at least 2-3)
The references should be provided in MLA or APA format, the same way you would for an essay.
You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CLASS
Discussion Questions (DQ)
Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality
Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes
I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.
Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.