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Course Schedule:

Fall 2012


Below is a week-by-week schedule for the course. Reading assignments are available on the course website, ANGEL or are provided in class. Be sure to note the due dates for each reading as there is a corresponding on-line ANGEL quiz for each reading that is to be completed before class. Make available your quiz answers and bring drafts of all assignments (in an electronic form or otherwise) to class on the date assignments are due.


Proposal Assignments and Draft Sections: All proposal assignments are due no later than the start of class time on the date noted in the schedule below. Please bring two (electronic or hard copy of each assignment to class. A peer will review one, which you will take with you after class to revise, and the instructors will take the other copy. You will then place a revised copy of the assignment into the appropriate drop-box in ANGEL. Failure to turn in assignments on time will result in no credit for that assignment


The Schedule below is flexible. We will make changes throughout the semester as we tailor the course to your and our interests. However, due dates will not change.


Week# and Date Topics Readings Assignment

Week #1


Research Plan
- What is a research proposal?
- Create scientific questions.
- Sample proposal questions/titles

Scientific Literature*
- Finding and retrieving articles
- Literature types-

Are there different types of literature?

Retrieving journal articles

-Resource guide for Scientific Process

Meers, M.B., Demers, N.E. and Savarese, M. (2003/2004). Presenting the Scientific Process: Introducing Philosophy, Theory, Methods and Ethics of Science. Journal of College Science Teaching 33:3:34-39 Available with permission from the publisher


Science versus Non-science
- Sagan, C.  1996. 

- Park, R.  2000.  The Belief Gene: In which science offers a strategy for sorting out the truth.

Complete survey and questionairres on ANGEL

- Faculty Resources at FGCU - see the 'science faculty' button in the header for science fauclty interests-consult the experts to help refine your question-


Discussion points about Sagan and Parks readings

Week #2



- What is science?
- Science vs. non-science

Types of Science
- Types of Science
- Falsification vs Historical Science
- Basic and Applied Science
- Broader Implication

Critically Evaluate Scientific Paper

Critical Evaluation Guidelines

- Leading a Discussion
(For Paper Critique Leaders)

focus on research questions and bibliographies

- Example proposal questions/titles- this where you want to go!

- Proposal Description


Types of Science
-  Cleland, C. E.  2001.  Historical science, experimental science and the scientific method.

*avail. on www
-  Chalmers, A. F.  1982.  Ch. 4: Introducing Falsificationism.

- Take ANGEL Quizzes by First class of week 2 (Sagan & Park)


Submit a piece of primary literature to ANGEL drop box for consideration of in-class critical review


Week #3


Peer Review Process
- Peer Review

Scientific Assumptions (Gould, Lord Kelvin)

Evaluating Scientific Papers
- Janick-Buckner, D. 1997. Getting undergraduates to critically read and discuss primary literature *avail. on www from the author's webpage

Evaluate Scientific Paper

Bibliography due

Week #4


Sample Introduction Outlines

Sample Introductions- these maby be missing citations, but yours should have citations in text AND at end of section.

Sample proposals

Translating science speak into common language

Peer-Review Process Begins
Peer review Bibliography (first day of week)

select papers for critical evaluation

Introduction Outline (due first day of week)

Annotated Bibliography (due second day of week)

Week #5


Developing Methodology

Example of Methods these maby be missing citations, but yours should have citations in text AND at end of section.

Sample CV

CV Template

Evaluate Scientific Paper

Theories as structures: Kuhn's Paradigms

Progress through Revolutions (Kuhn)

How to say nothing in 500 words

Peer Review Introduction

Introduction due (bring a copy to class for peer rview)

(include complete citations in text and at end of section)

Research Objective (bring a copy to class for peer rview)

CV (bring a copy to class for peer rview)

Week #6


more sample proposals:

- Data Analysis PowerPoint

Experimental design/data analysis powerpoint

Experimental design/data analysis handout

Data Analysis worksheet

Statistics Flow chart

Peer Review Research Objectives, Methods and CV

Peer Review of Methods


Evaluate Scientific Paper

Draft Research Objectives, (see project description)

Methods, include complete citations in text and at end of section

Data analysis worksheet

Week #7



Dengue apoptosis Fuentes 2011

Michelob Ultra diabetes Cashdollar 2012


Evaluate Scientific Paper


Final draft version of Introduction, Methods (including data analysis) and research objectives. Be sure to include complete citations in correct format. (see project description)

Submit scientific article for peer review- select from what students brought to class

Week #8

(Oct 8th)


Scientific Ethics

Discuss Ethics (AM)

Proposals feedback (PM)

Scientific Ethics
-  Fuchs and Macrina 2005.  Ethics and the Scientist

déjà vu plagiarism paper
-  Couzin-Frankel & Grom 2009. Plagiarism Sleuths

Cover sheet 2 copies with keywords paper to class

Week #9

(Oct 15th)


Peer Review (Editing of entire first version)

Proposal checklist (complete before brining yours to class and will use in class for peer-review)

Ethics for PM section (Fuchs and Couzin)



BRING Entire first version paper copy to class

-peer review complete first submission (print this form and bring to class- have paper or computer to take notes to complete review for in class peers). This is the last look at your paper before 20% of your grade is awarded.

Week #10

(Oct 22nd)



Funding panel review and assignment

Ethical Code discussions and class code preparation. Ethics O'Brien and Swazey


Full Submission for Funding Panel

(20% of your overall grade)

(see rubric used to evaluate proposal)

Ethical code from your society- copy to class.

Week #11

(Oct 29th)


Funding Panel begins (both days)

   - Funding Panel of other class

Week #12

(Nov 5th)



Presentation peer-reveiw (grading sheet)

Guidelines for successful posters (powerpoint)

Poster Blank

Saving to the student share

Poster Do's and Don'ts


Bring 8X10 version of your poster to class on Tuesday

No class Nov 8th

Poster powerpoint due to share drive no later than 8 PM

Sunday Nov 11

Week #13

(Nov 12th)




Final exam review  

Final Exam potential questions


Week #14

(Nov 19th)


Proposal Poster grading form

Final Submission guidelines

(10% of your overall grade!) Student presentation
Week #15 Student presentation  

Student presentation

Final written version of proposal (10% of your final grade)- take into account feedback from poster presentation




(15% of your overall grade!)

AM class -- Thursday WH 243 7:30-10:15 AM

PM class- Thursday MH 212 1:30-4:15 PM




Readings must be completed by the beginning of class. Assignments are due at the beginning of class.

Meers, Savarese, Demers, Barreto, Kakareka, Volety, Everham, Cruz-Alvarez, Loh, Goebel, Fugate, Bovard, Hartley, Mujtaba, Gunnels & Green 2010.

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