Environmental Science USF Invasive Species and Environmental Impact Essay

Question Description

PROJECT TOPICS:

  • Environmental Impact of a city (your choice of city)
  • Invasive Species (your choice of invasive species)

OUTLINE, CITATIONS, & REFERENCES DUE: By 11:59PM on November 4, 2019 [15 points]

FULL PROJECT DUE: By 11:59 p.m. on November 25, 2019 [130 points]

TOPIC CHOICE INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Choose from the above options and decide what specific city or invasive species you will be researching.
  • Submit choices through the Canvas quiz online

OUTLINE, CITATIONS, & REFERENCES INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Submit a text document (.doc, .docx, or .pdf) with the following to Canvas:
    • An outline of how the information in your project will flow [5 points]
      • This can represent how it will be discussed in the video or the structure of your paper
      • You can use bullet points (similar to this project instructions document)
    • That outline must also have information you have collected from sources about your topic
    • Information in your outline should have in-text citations to indicate where the information came from [5 points]
    • There should be a list of references at the end for all sources you have found & used so far [5 points]

FINAL PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Submit all final project documents to Canvas.

Research Paper

  • 5-7 full pages (Not including References section or images)
    • 4 ¾ pages will not meet length requirement
  • APA format
    • Do not include Author note, abstract, or section titles (except for References)
  • Times New Roman font
  • Double-spaced
  • 1-inch margins
  • 12-point font
  • No quotations allowed
  • Indent each paragraph
  • Title page with your name & title of paper
  • No heading on first page of text
  • No extra spacing between paragraphs
  • .doc, .docx, or .pdf format
  • Paper written as a research paper and not a series of short-answer questions
  • Will only accept submissions to Canvas/Turnitin
    • Will not accept writing projects sent to me through email or Canvas message attachments
  • Must work alone
  • Images can be included at the end of your paper, before references, but will not be counted toward the length requirement
  • You will lose 15 points for every ½ page below or over the page limit in addition to content & format grading
    • If you address every point fairly well, but turn in a 4-page paper (not including images and References), you will get 100/130
    • If you address every point fairly well, but turn in a 4 ¾-page paper (not including images and References), you will get 115/130
    • If you address every point fairly well, but turn in an 8-page paper (not including images and References), you will get 100/130
    • If you address every point fairly well, but turn in a 7 ¼-page paper (not including images and References), you will get 115/130
    • If you address every point fairly well, but turn in a 4 ¼-page paper (not including images and References), you will get 115/130

Video/Recorded Lecture

  • Record a video (7-10 minutes long)
    • Can be giving a lecture
    • Can be a general video
  • Must include a transcript of text using the formatting guidelines from the research paper above to be submitted through Canvas as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file.
    • This includes spoken script and any text used in video.
    • Does not need to be 5-7 pages
    • Transcript includes in-text citations and list of references
  • You can work in pairs, but both of you must be fairly equally featured in the video.
  • You will lose 15 points for every minute below or over the time limit in addition to content & format grading
    • If you address every point fairly well, but turn in a 5-minute video, you will get 100/130
    • If you address every point fairly well, but turn in a 6.5-minute video, you will get 115/130
    • If you address every point fairly well, but turn in a 10.5-minute video, you will get 115/130
    • If you address every point fairly well, but turn in an 11-minute video, you will get 115/130

REFERENCES/CITATIONS:

  • All projects must use in-text citations and a “References” page
  • Include a “References” page (starts on a new page after your last page of text)
    • Must have at least 4 non-Wikipedia sources
    • Does not count towards page count.
    • 1 of your sources must be a source that states your species is invasive, or the official city website (if available)
  • Use in-text citations for any information obtained from sources
    • Use Author-Date citations (APA)

SUBMISSION & NOTES:

  • Research Paper
    • Submit full paper to Canvas through Turnitin as .doc, .docx, or as .pdf only
  • Video/Recorded Lecture
    • Submit full transcript with References and in-text citations to Canvas through Turnitin as .doc, .docx, or as .pdf only
    • Videos can be submitted 2 ways:
      • Through YouTube: include link to video in transcript
      • File submission: submit video files through Canvas
  • Late submissions receive -50 points per day after deadline
    • Technical difficulties or problems with Canvas are no excuse for not turning in writing projects on time.
  • 2 points will be deducted for every % your paper’s similarity score is above 20%
    • Example: Similarity score is 40%, you will receive -40 points
    • Similarity scores above 40% will be given a 0 and reported to the academic integrity office
  • 5 points will be deducted for every quotation used.

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