TERM PAPER REQUIREMENTS
First off: Don't Panic! We will collect most of the data for the project as part of our in-class lab exercises.
Subject The paper will discuss the environmental geology of the area in which the student lives. The purpose is for the student to apply the concepts discussed in the lecture and the lab to an area with which they are familiar. The subject area should be the township section (approximately one-square mile) in which the student lives. Specific requirements are listed below.
Date due See class schedule.
Length The paper will be graded based on content, so the primary requirement is that the points listed in the outline are all covered. (This should result in a paper at least 8 to 10 pages, double-spaced.)
Resources This web page has on-line resources I encourage you to use. Environmental Research
Outline The paper 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: The paper 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.
Typed: The report must be typed for ease of reading; all students have free access to the on-campus computer labs and should use the computers to type their reports.
Presentation to Class: You will present the key findings to the class. Please pick the three or four most interesting and important things you discovered and the implications. You may use PowerPoint. You must use visual materials from your report.
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.