Neuroscience 1801: Class # 22894
Neuroscience Writing Practicum, Proseminar- Spring 2012
Lecture: Mondays 3-3:50pm Langley A202
Instructor: Patty Reagan Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: By appointment Office Location: A206 Langley
Mailbox: A210 Langley Hall Phone: 412-624-5156
Course Description: This course will outline how to research and write a scientific literature review. Students
will be able to: Research a broad scientific topic, use Matrix Method to record research, summarize findings,
and draw conclusions based on the scientific evidence, review peer’s work, write and revise drafts for final
submission to Turnitin.com.
Course Text: Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy, by Judith Garrard (required)
ebook rental: http://www.coursesmart.com/IR/3705475/9781449616182/20
Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences, 4th Edition, McMillan, Victoria, E. (recommended)
Additional Help: Pitt writing center: http://www.english.pitt.edu/writingcenter/
Courseweb: Courseweb (Blackboard) will be used in conjunction with this course (http://courseweb.pitt.edu).
Please check Courseweb for: announcements, reading assignments, and discussion board links.
Class Participation: 75 (courseweb posts)
Peer Review: 55 (based on rubric, divided by 2)
Master Matrix Folder: 60 (completed version)
Final Paper: 110 (based on rubric)
Total points: 300
The grading scale will be as follows:
Letter Grade Percentage Range Letter Grade Percentage Range
A+ 98-100 C+ 78-79
A 93-97 C 72-77
A- 90-92 C- 70-71
B+ 88-89 D 60-69
B 82-87 F Below 60
Students are required to adhere to the College of Arts and Sciences academic integrity standards. See
http://www.as.pitt.edu/undergraduate/expectations/index.html for details.
Disabilities and Special Needs:
If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to
contact both me and Disability Resources and Services, 216 William Pitt Union, 412-648-7890 or 412-383-
7355 (TTY) as early as possible in the term. Please go to the Student Affairs website at http://www.drs.pitt.edu/
for more information.
Turnitin.com: To enroll in this class, you will need both the enrollment password and the unique class ID generated by
Turnitin.com The class name is Neuroscience ProSeminar Writing Practicum. The class ID is 4704609 and the enrollment
password is classof2012.
Course Schedule: Spring 2012 / Term 2124
Date In-Class Assignment
Week 1- January 9, 2012 Introduction/rubric/mentors/peer Introduction essay- post to discussion board by 1/16,
review comment on at least one other student’s intro (5pts)
Week 2 - January 16, 2012 MLK Jr. Day, No classes Read Ch. 1, Post your neuroscience topic from the
list of topics covered in the Pro-Seminar
Email Reviewer/cc: email@example.com due 1/23 (5pts)
January 17, 2012 ADD/DROP PERIOD ENDS
Week 3 - January 23, 2012 Meet in Langley Library Read Ch. 2, Create Master Folder due in class 1/30
Librarian Presentation (5pts)
Week 4 - January 30, 2012 Meet in Langley Library Read Ch. 3, Collect primary sources. Begin entering
Research/Show master matrix records in paper trail folder. Post one question or
folder set-up in class. comment about Chapter 3 to courseweb discussion
Week 5 - February 6, 2012 Turnitin.com, rubrics for peer Read Ch. 4, Manage Docs folder. Select docs to
review, review of Master Matrix include in your review. Post one question or
and Final Draft. comment about Chapter 4 (5pts)
Week 6 - February 13, 2012 Citations Read Ch. 5, Abstract the research literature. Post one
question or comment about Ch 5 (5pts)
Week 7 - February 20, 2012 Individual Appointments Continue to abstract the research literature. Respond
3:00 – Shawn 3:20 – Ciera to one question or comment from Ch 5 (5pts)
Week 8 - February 27, 2012 Individual Appointments Read Ch. 6, Post one question/comment to
3:00 – Raphael 3:20 – Erika courseweb (5pts) Begin writing first draft due on CW
Discussion Board 3/19
March 2, 2012 MONITORED WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE
Week 9 - March 5, 2012 Spring Break – No Classes Continue working on first draft due on CW
Discussion Board 3/19
Week 10 - March 12, 2012 Individual Appointments Continue working on first draft due on CW
3:00 – Jared 3:20 - Peter Discussion Board 3/19 by midnight
Week 11 - March 19, 2012 Individual Appointments First Drafts due to courseweb discussion board by
3:00 – Dan 3:20 - Sarah midnight! (15 pts)
Week 12 - March 26, 2012 Individual Appointments Post Peer Reviews on CW by 4/02, all students in
3:00 – Emily 3:20 - Caleb class for evaluation 4/02
Week 13 - April 2, 2012 3:00/3:30 Course Evaluation Peer Reviews posted on discussion board and
submitted to assignment link in CW (10 pts)
Week 14 - April 9, 2012 Individual Appointments Revise First Draft, write second draft. Master Matrix
Folder to assignment link. (5 pts)
Week 15 - April 16, 2012 Individual Appointments Second draft to reviewer by midnight (5 pts)
cc: firstname.lastname@example.org (10 pts)
Finals Week April 23, 2012 Individual Appointments Write Third Draft submit to Turnitin.com by 4:00pm
April 27, 2012 FINAL PAPER DUE
to Turnitin.com by 4:00 pm
Literature Review Rubric:
10 - 8 7-5 4- 2 2- 0
Articles Information is Information is Information is Information is
gathered from at least gathered from 3 gathered from gathered from a
4 peer reviewed peer rev journal 2 peer rev single peer rev
journal articles. articles journal articles journal article
Theme Well organized, Well org, but Weakly org No organization,
demonstrates logical demonstrates with no logical sequencing, or
sequencing and illogical seq or seq or structure.
structure. structure. structure.
Title Page Includes title, author, Omits one of Omits two of Omits three of
course and date. previous previous previous
Abstract Clearly states aim and Aim and scope Aim and scope Aim and scope
scope; concisely are stated clearly, are not stated, are not clearly
summarizes major major points are major points stated, major
points. not summarized. are points are not
Introduction Aim and scope are Aim and scope Aim and scope Aim and scope
repeated and topic is are repeated and are not are not repeated,
introduced, rationale topic is repeated, topic topic is
is explained. introduced, is introduced, introduced, and
rationale is not and rationale is rationale is not
explained. explained. explained.
Bckgrnd/Found Detailed conclusions Conclusions are Some No conclusions
are reached from the reached from conclusions are made from the
evidence offered. evidence offered. from evidence evidence offered.
Research Question Research question(s) Research Research Research
are formed through question(s) are question(s) question(s) were
the literature review formed through were not not formed and
and clearly stated. the literature formed but are not apparent
review. could be from the literature
through lit rev review.
Reference Sheet Information is cited Information is Information is Information is not
properly and in MLA cited properly. cited, but has cited or is cited
format. errors. incorrectly.
Length Adheres to 10 page Does not meet 10 Does not meet Does not meet 10
minimum criteria. page criteria by 10 page page criteria by
½ page or less. criteria by ½ to more than 1 page.
Format Font, spacing, and Font and sp, font Font, spacing, Font, spacing, and
MLA format are and MLA, or sp or MLA MLA format are
correct. and MLA are format is incorrect.
Grammar There are 2 or less There are 3-4 There are 4-5 There are 6 or
grammatical errors. grammatical grammatical more gram errors.