SCI 200 Project Part One: Second Draft Guidelines and Rubric
In previous modules, you identified an issue, developed a research question, and examined sources that could help you explore the issue. You also
considered the scientific principles related to your topic, and how you might communicate your findings to a specific audience. Building on these elements, you
will formulate a hypothesis related to your issue. Then, applying what you learned about the process of science, you will explain the next steps that natural
scientists would take to support or refute your hypothesis. What kind of evidence would they look for? What kind of tests they need to conduct? Throughout
this course, you explored a variety of specific cases in which natural scientists addressed issues, tested hypotheses, and developed solutions to problems. Many
of their solutions have become key discoveries that we rely on today for health, safety, and other practical uses. So, as you consider your hypothesis and the
next steps a scientist would take, reflect back on these examples. This reflection is the final piece of your planning document, and you will use it to develop your
presentation in Module 8.
Prompt: You will build on the elements you composed in your first draft and develop your hypothesis. After you have your hypothesis, explain what steps a
natural scientist would take to either refute or support your hypothesis. By the end of Module Six, you will fine tune the entire planning document to be
submitted to your instructor.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
I. Introduction: At this point, you should have received feedback from your instructor. For this second draft, review and make any necessary revisions or
adjustments to the following elements:
a. Describe the issue in the natural sciences that you have selected to investigate. Why is this issue significant? (You identified this issue in Module
One, but how would you revise this piece now that you have received instructor feedback and investigated your sources?)
b. Describe at least three science resources that you could use to investigate the issue you selected. Your sources must be relevant to your issue
and must be of an academic nature appropriate for the issue. In your description, consider questions such as: What are the similarities and
differences in the content of your sources? What makes them appropriate and relevant for investigating your issue? What was your thought
process when you were searching for sources? How did you make choices?
c. Based on your review of science resources, develop a specific question related to the issue you selected. In other words, what would you like to
know more about?
II. Body: You should also receive instructor feedback about this section and continue to consider your evidence. For this second draft, review these sections
and make any necessary revisions or adjustments to the following elements:
a. Identify an audience that would be interested in your issue and the question you developed. For example, who would benefit most from hearing
your message, or who could best help in addressing the issue?
b. Describe how and why you can tailor your message to your audience, providing specific examples. For example, will your audience understand
scientific terminology and principles, or will you need to explain them? How will you communicate effectively with your audience?
c. Identify the natural science principle(s) that apply to your question and issue. For example, if your issue is global climate change, the principle
you might identify is that the sun is the primary source of energy for Earth’s climate system.
d. Explain how the principle(s) you identified apply to your issue and question. In other words, how are the natural science principle(s) you
identified relevant to your question and issue?
III. Conclusion: In this section, you will conclude your research investigation by discussing future directions for research related to your question.
Specifically, you should:
a. Formulate a hypothesis that addresses the question you developed. Make sure your hypothesis is based on your investigation of your question.
b. Explain how a natural scientist would go about collecting evidence to support or refute the hypothesis you formulated. In other words, what
would the next steps be if a natural scientist were to continue researching your hypothesis? Make sure to support your response with the
natural science resources that you selected.
IV. Provide a reference list that includes all of the science resources you used to investigate your issue and question so far. Apply feedback from your
instructor to ensure that your list is formatted according to current APA guidelines (or another format, with instructor permission).
Guidelines for Submission: The second draft of your planning document should be 3–5 pages, double spaced, with 12-point Times New Roman font and one-inch margins. You should use current APA guidelines (or another format approved by your instructor) for your citations and reference list.
Part 2 Draft
Basic scientific literacy is essential for understanding real-world applications of the natural sciences. As a consumer and voter, you will be faced with issues that require a basic understanding of science. For example, you might ask yourself the following questions: How can genetically modified foods affect my health?
Should scientists be held liable for not predicting earthquakes that led to human casualties, as they were in Italy in 2012? Is anthropogenic climate change real?
Is fracking a concern where I live? Because of the prevalence of natural science issues such as these, it is important to understand basic natural science concepts
and how they impact our daily lives.
The project for this course has two parts. In part one, you conducted a research investigation that examined an issue in the natural sciences. You identified
appropriate resources for investigating the issue you selected, used these resources to develop a question related to the issue, and applied natural science
principles to the issue and question. In addition, you identified an audience who would be interested in the selected issue. In Part Two, you will develop a
presentation for the audience you identified in Part One. In your presentation, you will explain how scientific thinking has impacted you and your audience,
supporting your claims with evidence.
Part Two of this project addresses the following course outcomes:
● Illustrate the impact of scientific thinking on personal and professional experiences
● Communicate effectively to specific audiences in examining fundamental aspects of the natural world
● Utilize empirical evidence in drawing conclusions about the impact of contemporary scientific issues on individuals and society
Referring to your research investigation, create a presentation that explains how scientific thinking has impacted you and discusses the impact of your selected
issue on your audience.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
I. Provide a brief overview of the scientific background of your issue and question. How does the issue relate to the natural sciences?
II. Explain how the issue impacts the audience. In other words, how is the issue relevant to members of the audience? Why should the audience care about
the response to your question or the outcome of your hypothesis? Support your response with specific examples from your research investigation.
III. Describe the empirical evidence you have to support your conclusions about the impact of the issue on you personally and on your audience. Support
your response with specific examples from your research investigation.
IV. Explain why this issue is important to you personally. In other words, why did you select this issue to investigate?
V. Illustrate how your investigation of the issue impacted the way you thought about the issue. In other words, how did thinking like a scientist to research,
develop a question, and formulate a hypothesis affect what you thought about the issue you selected? How did scientific thinking change the lens
through which you viewed the issue? Support your response with specific examples from your research investigation.
VI. Communicate your message in a way that is tailored to your specific audience. For instance, you could consider your vocabulary, your audience’s
potential knowledge of current natural science (or lack thereof), and what is specifically important to the audience.
Project Part Two Rubric
Guidelines for Submission: Your presentation should have approximately 5–7 slides in Prezi, PowerPoint, or another comparable presentation tool. Make sure
to include your speaker notes so that your instructor knows what you would say if you were actually giving the presentation. Note: If using Prezi, include a
separate Word document with notes. If using PowerPoint, include speaker notes.
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