Human Stem Cells

Human Stem Cells

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During your study of biology, you may have found a topic you read about to be especially interesting. This assignment gives you an opportunity to apply what you’ve learned by doing some research in outside sources and increasing your knowledge of one controversial topic. PROCEDURE Select a topic from the following choices: n Human stem cells n Genetically modified foods n Climate change n Use of vaccinations n Cloning n Designer babies Before you begin your graded project, you’re required to watch the Research Paper and APA formatting webinar. The webinar won’t be graded, and the live webinar isn’t required. However, you’re required to follow all information and instructions presented in the webinar, so you must watch it before you complete your project. You can register to watch the live webinar and interact with your instructors through your portal using the webinar link in your Introduction to Biology course. If you can’t attend the live webinar, please watch the recording. To access the recording and view other instructions and tips, please visit the Biology page of the Penn Foster Virtual Library at http://pflibrary.pennfoster.edu/c. php?g=589955. Choose College, and then Biology and Research Paper Resources. Choose Webinar Links and the Research Paper and APA Formatting webinar. Please watch the webinar and review all other resources presented. Graded Project 188 Consult resources other than the course textbook and this study guide. Examples of resources include other textbooks, journal articles, and reputable websites. Reputable online sources include encyclopedias and university or governmental websites. Never use Wikipedia as a source for a research paper. Prepare a detailed report on the topic you choose, including the following elements: 1. Describe the background and basic issue of your chosen topic. 2. Describe the basic argument of opposing viewpoints. 3. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of both views. 4. Choose which view you agree with. (Only in the conclusion) 5. Explain why you agree with that view. Incorporate the information you learned about your chosen topic from this course, but don’t limit your discussion to the textbook and study guide. Take advantage of external resources to provide an in-depth, comprehensive report. GOAL This assignment is designed to help you apply what you’ve learned from your lessons by researching and writing about a controversial topic you’ve studied and to give you an opportunity to demonstrate your written communication, research, and critical thinking skills. Graded Project 189 WRITING GUIDELINES 1. Type your submission, double-spaced, in a Times New Roman font, size 12. Use a standard document format with 1-inch margins. (Do not use any fancy or cursive fonts.) 2. Read the assignment carefully and address the topic suggested. 3. Be specific. Limit your submission to the topic suggested. 4. Use proper APA formatting. Include in-text citations and a reference page in APA style. On this page list websites, journals, and all other references used in preparing the submission. Also include a cover page and in-text citations. For assistance with this project and APA in-text citations and references, please see the Biology page in the Penn Foster Virtual Library: http://pflibrary.pennfoster.edu/c.php?g=589955 5. Proofread your work carefully. Check for correct spelling, grammar, punctuation and capitalization. Graded Project 190 Skill Realized 100–90 Skill Developing 90–80 Skill Emerging 80–70 Skill Not Evident 70–0 Content/Writing Intro and Background • The student described the basic chosen topic. _/5 • The student described the basic argument of opposing viewpoints/ presents the controversy. _/10 Body • The student explained the pros and cons of the topic with detail and examples. • Identified strengths and weaknesses of both views and clearly evaluated the arguments • Language used was clear and correct _/40 Conclusion • The student chose a view he/she agreed with. _/5 • Student supports their stance with facts and clearly explains reasoning for the view they have chosen. _/10 Pros and cons defined, explained, examples given and critical analysis done directly. Explicit explanation why point is a pro/con and if the point is valid. No inferring needed. All info linked to pro/con Spelling and grammar is correct so language is clear. Correct word usage. 70–64 General ideas and some critical analysis and evaluation of points. Links to pros/cons. Minimal inferring for pros/cons. Some vague language or mistakes. Graded Project 191 APA/Source Use • Student includes a cover page at the beginning of the paper. _/5 • Student includes references in APA formatting at the end of the paper. _/10 • Students include in text citations in APA formatting throughout the paper that coincide with the references and show where all information comes from. Paraphrasing and quote formatting correct. _/10 Cover/title page includes title, Author, Student ID, Course Title and Exam Number, Date, School, email address. All references in APA. All citations APA. Citations where required. All references have citations. 25–22 No cover/ title page or lack of formatting. APA used for references and citations adequately. Most citation information provided. 22–19 No cover/title page or lack of formatting References and citations attempted. A few Quotes cited but not formatted as quotes. Some citation information provided. 19–16 No Cover/ title page No references and/or citations. Only Hyperlinks for citations and/or references. Plagiarism. 16–0 Formatting • Student formatting is aligned with instructions: o 12–point normal front o 1–inch margins o 3–5 pages o Double spaced _/5 Formatting is correct and includes all required elements with few or no errors. 5–4 Formatting follows most guidelines and includes most elements with some errors. 4–3 Formatting follows some guidelines and includes some elements with errors. 3–2 Formatting does not follow guidelines or include formatting elements. 2–0

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