BIO 190—Scientific Communication I


Important information:

Objectives:  Learn methods for finding scientific information in libraries and on the Internet, and basic presentation methods of abstract, citation, and outline.

Important: Read all parts of the syllabus and every assignment with care. Most students who make less than an “A” in this class do so because they don’t follow directions.

Communication:  All students must have an email address and be capable of using email in order to complete the assignments. If you do not currently have email, Cal Poly provides you with an email account (here are the details). If you are unwilling to work well ahead of deadlines, you should plan to check your email several times a week for changes or other announcements.

All assignments must be turned in electronically, either in the body of email messages, as email attachments, physically on an IBM-formatted 1.44 Mbyte 3.5" diskette, or by other means to be determined in consultation with the instructor. Assignments may be in “plain text”, any version of MS Word for Windows or Macintosh, or another format if approved by the instructor in advance.

Every assignment turned in is final; it will be graded as-is and no later modifications will be allowed, even if the due date has not passed. If you have questions about a format or any other aspect of an assignment, ask first, before you turn the assignment in. I’m willing to provide a lot of guidance and help, but only before you do the assignment.

Due dates:  Assignments are due by midnight on the date indicated below. Assignment 1 must be completed and turned in before any other assignments will be accepted. All other assignments can be turned in sequentially or simultaneously, but not out of order. Any assignment can be turned in early. Late assignments have 10% of the point value of the assignment deducted, and an additional 10% for each additional 24 hour period after the due date that they are turned in. All times and dates are determined by the date stamp added by the server that delivers my email.

Assignments will not automatically be acknowledged. To determine if your assignment has been saved and sent properly, send a copy of your assignment to yourself at the same time you send it to me (put your email address in the Cc: part of the heading—this sends you a “carbon copy”). If you receive your assignment properly, then it is likely that I also received it.

Hint: You will be submitting all of you assignments by email. Before emailing your assignment to me, email it to yourself. Check to see that the assignment came through correctly—if it didn’t, then fix it before sending it to me.

Plagiarism is as serious an offense in a virtual class as it is in any other class. Although you are encouraged to discuss assignments with other students in the class, all the work you turn in must be your own. Please protect your electronic submissions. They are easy to steal if you give other students access to them, and it is difficult to prove that the work is yours if another student turns in your assignment. When plagiarism can be demonstrated, the students involved will ordinarily receive an “F” for the course, and additional actions may be taken as provided by University regulations.

Final exam: There will be no final examination in this course; the grade will be based on the eight assignments only.

Grading scale: (400 total points) 360-400 = A; 320-359 = B; 280-319 = C; 240-269 = D.

Assignment Value Due date
1. Introductory assignment 20 points Week 3: July 2, 2001
2. Making bibliographic citations 50 points Week 4: July 11, 2001
3. Writing an abstract 40 points Week 5: July 18, 2001
4. Writing an outline 50 points Week 6: July 25, 2001
5. Finding books 40 points Week 7: August 1, 2001
6. Finding journal articles 80 points Week 8: August 8, 2001
7. Finding web resources 40 points Week 9: August 15, 2001
8. Formatting a bibliography 80 points Week 10: August 22, 2001

These are official class materials of BIO 190 as taught at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, by Curtis Clark. They are subject to change without notice to anyone but students currently enrolled in the class.

Summer Quarter, 2001
© 2001 by Curtis Clark