TERM PROJECT REQUIREMENTS
Project Resources | Project Samples | Project Grading
First off: Don't Panic! The main requirement will be for you to apply and share what you have learned. You will be able to work on this throughout the course and may discuss it with me at any time.
Subject: Apply the concepts learned in the class by preparing two (2) term projects discussing two natural hazards and how they impact the area where you live (or an area you might like to live in) and presenting in written form and on-line. The projects will be presented as a term paper accompanied by a brief, on-line presentation (you may submit a Power Point or create a web page). Specific requirements are listed below.
Length Each project will be graded based on content, so the primary requirement is that the points listed in the outline are all covered.
Area Covered Each project should focus on a town or township where you live or where you might like to live. Describing the hazard with respect to a region or state is not focused enough. Your goal is to look at the potential risk to, impact on, and planned response by a community such as a city or town or, if you live in a rural area, a township or county.
Resources This web page has on-line resources I encourage you to use.
Outline Each project should follow this outline and, at a minimum, cover the following points. Listed items should be discussed (even if only to say they are not a concern); 'etc.' indicates that additional items may be appropriate.
Grading: EACH project is worth 100 points as indicated on the grading sheet. Grammar, punctuation, and spelling are worth 10% your grade.
Questions: If you need help, please ask me.
Format: Your report MUST be in one of the following formats: MS Word (.doc .docx) OR Rich Text Format (.rtf) OR Adobe Reader (.pdf). If not, it will be returned without a grade.
Presentation: You will present the key findings to the class. You should submit a PowerPoint presentation of 4 to 8 slides Or a link to a web site you have created. (Note: a YouTube video is a possibility as PART of your submission, if you want to explore this option, please consult with me.) PowerPoints must not be more than 8 slides.
References: I do not expect you to be all knowing; the information in your reports will be the result of research and observation. When you obtain information from a source, you must reference that source!!! If you make an observation, indicate that you observed it.
Visuals: You should include pictures and maps to illustrate you findings. These visuals should be used within your report by calling out from the text to the map or picture to show the reader what you are talking about.
Conclusions: To receive full credit, you must make conclusions based on your observations. This is key to receiving maximum credit. This project is intended to allow you to apply what you learn in the class and, at the same time, show me that you understand the material and can use it to interpret the area where you live. I expect to see indications that the material you include in the report means something to you.