1.This first part of the Individual Research Project is an Outline and Annotated Bibliography. The
Outline should provide a very brief
tline should provide a very brief overview of what you think you will do in the Policy Brief.
The Annotated Bibliography requires you to summarize at least three peer-reviewed scholarly
sources you will cite in the Policy Brief.
This assignment is designed to get you thinking about your topic in a way that clearly anticipates
the writing you will do for the Policy Brief. We want you to brainstorm and do a bit of research
well in advance of the deadline for the Policy Brief and, most importantly, we want you to put
your ideas down on paper so that we can give you feedback before writing the actual Policy
Brief. In other words, we are asking you to submit an Outline and Annotated Bibliography so
that we can help you write the best Policy Brief possible.
Your Outline should be divided into the following five sections and should be written in
I. Audience: Identify the audience you are addressing and consider what that audience
is interested in. Who are you talking to in the Policy Brief and what does this suggest
about the approach you should take? (75-100 words).
II. Problem: State how you know the issue exists. What is the proof that students need
to improve this skill? (125-150 words).
III. Importance of Problem: Indicate why this problem matters. What are the
consequences of the problem not being addressed? Why do students need to improve
this skill? (100 words)
IV. Solution: Identify your preferred solution. What solution will work in your context
and why? (75-100 words)
V. Alternative Solution: Identify at least one other possible solution. What other
solutions did you consider? (75-100 words)
The total length of the Outline should be between 450 and 550 words.
When you submit your Outline, you must also include an Annotated Bibliography. An Annotated
Bibliography is an alphabetical list of research sources that provides bibliographical data (the
title, author, date, publisher, etc.) and a short summary or annotation of the source.
Your Annotated Bibliography should contain a minimum of three scholarly or peer-reviewed
sources, each with an accompanying annotation that is between 150 and 250 words long. The
annotations must summarize the research question or thesis, research methodology, results, and
conclusion. Annotations must include summaries and paraphrased information, NOT quotations.
A good annotation will include two separate paragraphs: 1) a paragraph summarizing the
research question or thesis, research methodology, results and conclusion; and 2) a paragraph
commenting on why this source is relevant for your research.
Research Project & Presentation
Your Task: Create a Google Drive Presentation that demonstrates your knowledge and understanding of significant concepts in
your knowledge and understanding of significant concepts in Biology and Chemistry. Describe the relationship of some or all of the significant concepts that you identify through the use of a specific example.
General Format of the Presentation:
Twelve Slides (Minimum).
Two Appropriate and Interesting Videos - length of the video must be reasonable and content must be focused.
Three interactive links must be included.
Appropriate and well-placed pictures and illustrations.
1 - 2 uses of audio recordings - i.e. you describing knowledge that contributes to your
Minimal use of text alone.
Multimedia used to convey knowledge and understanding on each slide.
3 Big Ideas in Biology - *must include the basic unit of life, the Cell, and why it is important to the structure, function, and evolution of life on Earth.
3 Big Ideas in Chemistry - *must include the basic unit of matter, the Atom, and why it is
important to the structure, function, and evolution of life on Earth.
Specific Example: Pick Your Own Example that combines some or all of your big ideas from Biology and Chemistry and describe how those big ideas affect the structure, function, and evolution of your example.
Example 1: The Ocean
Think of the ocean as a biome made up of non-living and living things.
How do your big ideas in biology and chemistry relate to the structure, function, and evolution of the oceans?
Include descriptions (examples) of the relationship between the non-living (chemistry) and living (biology) things in oceans.
Example 2: A Bear
Think of a bear as a living organism that is made up of and relies upon non-living (chemistry) and living (biology) things.
What is the bear made up of? Cells that form ________ that form _________ that form _________ that form the bear.
What does a bear eat? What nutrients does a bear get from the specific foods that it eats?
How do these nutrients (chemical elements of a bear’s diet) contribute to the growth, function, and structure of the bear?
**You may use one of the examples provided or pick your own.
Step 1: Identify 3 big ideas in Biology ( 1 idea must be the Cell, basic unit of life)
Step 2: Identify 3 big ideas in Chemistry (1 idea must be the Atom, basic unit of matter)
Step 3: Choose your specific example.
Step 4: Slide 1 - Project Title Slide.
Step 5: Slides 2 - 11 (minimum) - Body of Project.
Step 6: Slide 12 - Conclusion.
Step 7: Turn in your presentation for my revisions.
Step 8: Revise.
Step 9: Turn in your final research project presentation for grading.
5.1. Other than the Egyptian pyramids, what other pyramids does Akala discuss? 2. What Akala's address. Identify 2 facts discussed
. Identify 2 facts discussed at the beginning of the lecture (within the first 20-25 minutes) that you were unaware of prior to listening to his lecture. What does he say about these facts? Why are these facts significant? How might these facts impact American culture as well as African American culture? 3. What Akala's address. Identify 2 facts discussed at the end of the lecture (within the last 50 minutes to the end of the video) that you were unaware of prior to listening to his lecture. What does he say about these facts? Why are these facts significant? How might these facts impact American culture as well as African American culture? 4. Select 2 facts from Akala's address that you would like to know more about. Research the topic and write a 1-2 paged paper discussing what you learned. Tell why these facts interest you. How might these facts and what you learned impact you and AA culture? 5. Select 2 facts from Akala's address that you would like to know more about. Research the topic and write a 1-2 paged paper discussing what you learned. Tell why these facts interest you. How might these facts and what you learned impact you and AA culture? 6. Notice the audience members in attendance at Akala's speech given at Oxford. Use what you learned about the mis-education of a Negro to discuss what/who you see. Do you think Akala is mis-educated is some regards? Why or why not. 2-3 paragraphs
7.students are expected to research and compose a paper based on the application of concepts and theories examined in class.
ies examined in class. This paper is not a literature review, though a literature review is part of your work. As this course takes place in a compressed timeline, I provided some suggestions for research topics. Feel free to use one of these as a springboard or propose your own.
At the end of the second week of class, students submit a three-page research paper prospectus. A research prospectus is a preliminary plan for conducting a study. This is not a detailed and technical research proposal, but rather, an analysis of the issues likely confronted in such a study. In essence, it is a preliminary proposal of work.
Research Paper Prospectus Elements
To complete the Research Paper Prospectus, consider the following elements. While the prospectus is limited to three pages of body content, remember, students must cover each of these areas as relevant to the plan for research:
Research Problem. What is the research problem? A problem is a situation when left untreated, produces a negative consequence for a group, an institution, or a(n) individual(s). What makes it a problem? For whom? Who says so?
Assumptions. On what assumptions is the work based? Which assumptions are verifiable in literature? Which assumptions are speculative?
Theoretical Issues. What theoretical issues arise from the study? For example, "theoretically," how is the problem and suspected results explained to other scholars? Is there a behavior view? A social systems view? Are there other theoretical orientations to consider in the study's design?
Literature Review. What, in general, does the literature say about the topic? While more development is expected for the final paper, a review of major theories, research, and writers in the field is needed.
Research Questions. Based on the problem, what are the research questions to be answered? How and why will answering the questions contribute to solving the research problem? Remember....a research question can only be answered with empirical data or information.
General Research Plan. In general, what research is necessary to answer the research question. What kind of data is needed? Specify the type, such as surveys, observations, or interviews. Who is to be studied and why? How is the data reduced and made sense of? How is the quality of the data assured?
Anticipated Difficulties and Pitfalls. What kind of difficulties and pitfalls are expected in a study of this nature? What can be done to prevent them or minimize their effects?
Anticipated Benefits. Who will benefit from the fact this research is undertaken? How? Why? Who might be disturbed by this proposed study? How? Why?
Paper Format Requirements
The Research Paper Prospectus is presented in standard APA 7 format, with a cover page, running head, body, and references list. The cover page and references do not count toward the three-page requirement. The body uses headers and in-text citations in the manner prescribed by APA. Students should include any references they know at the time they submit the prospectus, though it is expected the references may change or increase in number. Full and complete adherence to APA is required.
As APA format is the rule, remember the formatting rules shown on the Sample Paper (Links to an external site.):
Times New Roman, 12pt
1" margins on all sides
Double spaced, with extra line spaces removed (see below)
Page numbers in the upper right
Two spaces after concluding punctuation
150-250 word abstract with keywords
APA-style in-text citations and quote format. Use the Purdue OWL in-text citation information (Links to an external site.)to help you.
Alphabetical (by author) reference page with correct reference format. DO NOT trust the reference generator in your word processing program. It is WRONG! Use the Purdue OWL references information (Links to an external site.)to correctly structure references and do so manually.