Genetically Modified Rice and the distinctive ways they resist Drought and enhance yield

Biology 440 (1132)                    Biology Seminar             Fall 2016

 

Instructor:      Dr. T. Kamps

Class time:     Wednesday, 9:55 am – 10:45 pm

Room:                        S318

Office:                        S337A

Phone:            201-200-3056

Email:             [email protected]

Office Hours:    

M       11:15 am – 12:15 pm

T & R  8:50 pm – 9:20 pm

W       11:00 am – 1:00 pm and 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Additional times by appointment

 

Prerequisites:  Senior Standing (97 credits), including 5 Biology major courses beyond Biol. 130/131 (with grades of C or better).

Course Description:This is the capstone course in Biology Department degree programs at NJCU.  Capstone courses give students the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge they have acquired throughout their studies, and to apply the learning they have achieved in the study of their major.  Biology Seminar is designed to develop and assess the ability of Senior Biology majors to identify and summarize current progress in biological research and to communicate their understanding in written and oral format.

Course Objectives:

 

 

Course Requirements:

 

 

 

Your review must accurately document the sources of the material you discuss.Each time you describe an individual’s experimental results, paraphrase an individual’s ideas, or refer to a concept wholly associated with a particular individual, you must credit that individual. The proper citation of your sources is essentialin preparing a research paper. Papers without proper documentation will be returned without a grade for revision. (Specific instructions will follow).  Please read the NJCU Academic Integrity Policy:

 

http://www.njcu.edu/sites/default/files/academic_integrity_policy_final_2-04.pdf

 

Evaluation: Grades will be determined on the following basis:

10 points will be deducted per week for late papers.

 

Attendance:Attendance is mandatory. Students are expected to attend each presentation and to participate by asking questions, performing peer evaluations and providing constructive feedback.

 

 

 

 

Tentative Schedule:

 

Date                            Activity

 

9/7                               Introduction/Choosing a topic

 

9/14                             How to write a review paper /Assessment Rubric

                                    Preliminary topics due –meet for peer review

 

9/21                             Proper citations and academic integrity

                                    Preliminary bibliography, including summary of search

                                    strategies, due

 

9/28                            How to prepare and deliver an oral presentation/Assessment

Rubric

Final topics due –meet for peer review

 

10/5                             Preliminary Outline due– meet for peer review

                                    Final Bibliography due

 

10/12                           Final Outline Due –meet for peer review

                       

10/19                           PowerPoint presentations due

                                    Abstracts due

 

10/26                           Presentations—Group I

 

11/2                             Presentations—Group II

 

11/9                             Presentations—Group III

 

11/16                           Buffer Date

                                    All Papers due today

 

11/23                           Presentations—Group IV

 

11/30                           Presentations—Group V

 

12/7                             Buffer Date

 

 


Description of preliminary assignments:

 

Topic theme will be under the umbrella of Global Warming and Biology, or Biotechnology.

 

Tips for PowerPoint presentation and paper:

 

Presentation should include:

 

 

You must explain, not read, your presentation;

Your paper should:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guidelines for Citationsof Scientific Publications in Biology Seminar Papers

Please note that any paper submitted without citations within the text will be returned for revision without a grade and considered late.

 

The proper acknowledgement of sources includes: 1) a citation within the text of the paper; and 2) a list of the sources for the information you cited. Use the CSEmethod of citation.

 

Citing information in the text:

1) Citation sequence method: Number your citations consecutively(i.e., from the beginning of your paper to its end) ,either superscripted or within parentheses or brackets.

 

Example: Modern scientific nomenclature really began with Linnaeus in botany 1, but other disciplines 2, 3were not many years behind in developing various systems 4-7for nomenclature and symbolization.

 

Then prepare a bibliography listing the sources for the numbered citations in the same order.

2) Name –year method: This method lists the source of information at the point of each citation. The author(s)* and the date (year), offset in parentheses or brackets, follow immediately after the cited information.

 

Example: By contrast, the several antisera that have been raised against Sp1, a defined RNA polymerase II transcription factor (Kadonaga 1986), stain exclusively the nucleus . .

For different numbers of Authors:

One author:(Field 2005)
Two authors:(Gass and Varonis 1984)
More than two authors:(Munro et al. 2006)

No author:If the author cannot be determined use the article title (for long titles use the first few words followed by …):
Top fields of study for international students are business and engineering, followed by physical and life sciences, math and computer science, and social sciences (Open Doors 2010).

No date:For online sources if the publication year cannot be determined use the year of access. For print sources use [date unknown]:(Smith [date unknown]).

Bibliographical citations are ordered alphabetically by the first author’s last names.

Citations in the bibliography listed at the end of the paper are done as follows:

Books:

C-S:  Author(s), chapter title, source (book title), editors (if any), publisher, city, date and pages.

 

Example: Sherman, C. The invisible Web: uncovering information sources search engines can’t see. Medford, N.J.: CyberAge Books, Information Today; 2001. 439 p.

 

N-Y:  Author(s), date, chapter title, source (book title), editors (if any), publisher, city, and pages.

Example:  Sherman, C. 2001. The invisible Web: uncovering information sources search engines can’t see. Medford, N.J.: CyberAge Books, Information Today; 439 p.

 

Periodical (Journal) articles:

C-S: Author(s), article title, source (periodical name), volume, pages and date.

Example:  Cox J, Engstrom RT. Influence of the spatial pattern of conserved lands on the persistence of a large population of red-cockaded woodpeckers. Biol Conserv. 2001; 100(1): 137-150.

N-Y: Author(s), date, article title, source (periodical name), volume, and pages.

 

Example: Cox J, Engstrom RT. 2001. Influence of the spatial pattern of conserved lands on the persistence of a large population of red-cockaded woodpeckers. Biol Conserv. 100(1): 137-150.

 

Online Articles:

 

C-S Example: Savage E, Ramsay M, White J, Beard S, Lawson H, Hunjan R, Brown D. Mumps outbreaks across England and Wales in 2004: observational study. BMJ [Internet]. 2005 [cited 2007 May 31]; 330(7500):1119-1120. Available from: http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/reprint/330/7500/1119 doi:10.1136/bmj.330.7500.119

 

N-Y Example: Savage E, Ramsay M, White J, Beard S, Lawson H, Hunjan R, Brown D. 2005. Mumps outbreaks across England and Wales in 2004: observational study. BMJ [Internet]. [cited 2007 May 31]; 330(7500):1119-1120. Available from: http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/reprint/330/7500/1119 doi:10.1136/bmj.330.7500.119

 

 

 

Website:

Include: Title of web site, place of publication and publisher, date of publication and           date of last update (if       relevant), date you accessed the information (date cited),URL        (Web address) of the site.

C-S Example: APSnet: plant pathology online [Internet]. St Paul (MN): American Phytopathological Association: c1994-2005 [cited 2005 Jun 20]. Available from: http://www.apsnet.org/

 

N-Y Example:  APSnet: plant pathology online [Internet]. c1994-2005. St Paul (MN): American Phytopathological Association: [cited 2005 Jun 20]. Available from: http://www.apsnet.org/

 

Additional Information:

 

STUDENTS REQUIRING ACCOMMODATIONS:Students who require consideration for reasonable accommodations should register with the Office of Specialized Services and Supplemental Instruction (OSS/SI). A registration form is available at the OSS/SI website at http://www.njcu.edu/oss, by calling 201-200-2091, or by visiting the OSS/SI office in Karnoutsos Hall, Room 102.

 

VETERAN STUDENTS:Veterans of the armed services who require assistance may contact the Veteran’s Office by calling 201-200-2157 or visiting the office in Vodra Hall, Room 101. Additional information is available at http://www.njcu.edu/Veterans.

 

CREDIT-HOUR POLICY: New Jersey Administrative Code defines a semester credit-hour as 50 minutes of face-to-face class activity and 100 minutes of student preparation time, per week, for 15 weeks. To best prepare for exams and complete course assignments, students should dedicate a minimum of two hours outside of class to the course for each hour spent in class.

 

Please note these dates:

 

9/5                    Labor Day – University closed.

9/12                  Final day to drop a course for 100% of tuition (Online or Registrar’s Office).

9/13 – 11/1        Period to submit Pass/Fail forms (Registrar’s Office)

10/3                  Final day to withdraw from courses for a 50% refund of tuition with a “W” grade (Registrar’s Office).

10/18                Deadline: Incomplete grades for 2016 Spring and Summer classes become “F” grades.

11/1                  Final day to withdraw from a course with a “W” grade (Registrar’s Office).

11/24 – 26         Thanksgiving recess. No classes.#10

 

 

 

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