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NROSCI 1801-Neuroscience Writing Practicum Meeting Times/location: Mondays, 3-3:50, Crawford Hall, Room 343. Instructor: Patty Reagan, A206 Langley Hall, 412-624-5156, Office hours by Appointment Text: Health Sciences Literature Review Made Easy, by Judith Garrard ebook rental: http://www.coursesmart.com/IR/3705475/9781449616182/20 Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences, 4th Edition, McMillan, Victoria, E. (optional) Goals: Students will be able to: Research a broad scientific topic. Use Matrix Method to record research, narrow focus, summarize findings and draw conclusions based on the scientific evidence. Review peer’s work. Write and revise drafts for final submission to Turnitin.com Description: This course will outline how to research and write a scientific literature review. Requirements: Attend all classes, read chapters as assigned in the textbook, develop your paper with Matrix Method using four folders, suggested revisions from peers, the instructor and your graduate student advisor, submit assignments on time. Pitt writing center: http://www.english.pitt.edu/writingcenter/ Course Schedule: Fall 2011 / Term 2121 Date Topic Assignment August 29, 2011 Introduction/rubric/mentors/peer review (In class) introduction essay September 5, 2011 Labor Day, No classes Read Ch. 1, Choose a neuroscience topic from the list of topics covered in the Pro- Seminar due 9-19 Email Reviewer/cc: me September 9, 2011 ADD/DROP PERIOD ENDS September 12, 2011 Meet in Langley Library Read Ch. 2, Create Master Folder due in Librarian Presentation class 9/19 (or sent via email) September 19, 2011 Meet in Langley Library Read Ch. 3, Collect primary sources, enter Research records in paper trail folder September 26, 2011 Turnitin.com and Reviewer forms, rubrics Read Ch. 4, Manage Docs folder, select for peer review, Master Matrix and Final docs to include in your review Draft. October 3, 2011 Individual Appointments Read Ch. 5, Abstract the research literature 3:00 Peter, 3:20 Brittany, 3:40 Walk-ins October 10, 2011 Fall Break – No Classes (Mon Classes meet Tues) Continue to abstract the research literature October 11, 2011 Individual Appointments Read Ch. 6, Begin writing first draft due 3:00 Tara, 3:20 Jason, 3:40 Walk-ins on CW Discussion Board 10/31 October 17, 2011 Individual Appointments Continue working on first draft due on 3:00 Laurentiu, 3:20 Christopher, 3:40 W-i CW Discussion Board 10/31 October 24, 2011 Individual Appointments Continue working on first draft due on 3:00 Vince, 3:20 Lee, 3:40 W-i CW Discussion Board 10/31 October 28, 2011 MONITORED WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE October 31, 2011 Individual Appointments First Drafts due on discussion board by 3:00 Nikita, 3:20 Joseph, 3:40 W-i midnight. Peer Reviews due to peer and assignment link in CW by 11/07 November 7, 2011 Individual Appointments Peer Reviews posted to cw assignment 3:00 Course Evaluation link and emailed to peer author 3:20 Benjamin, 3:40 Bradley November 14, 2011 Individual Appointments Revise First Draft, write second draft. 3:00 Dibya, 3:20 Kaitlin, 3:40 W-i Master Matrix Folder to assignment link. November 21, 2011 Individual Appointments Second draft to reviewer by 12am cc: me 3:00 Aron, 3:20 James, 3:40 Walk-ins November 28, 2011 Individual Appointments Write Third Draft submit to Turnitin.com 3:00 Spencer, 3:20 –Walk-ins by midnight 12/5/11 December 5, 2011 Individual Appointments FINAL PAPER DUE to Turnitin.com by midnight 12/12/11 December 12, 2011 FINAL PAPER DUE Your final grade will be calculated using your score divided by the following possible points: 50 points – Peer Review 85 points - Master Matrix Folder 165 points – Final Paper Using the following grading scale: 97% - 100% = A+ 87% - 89% = B+ 77% - 79% = C+ 67% - 69% = D+ 59% - below = F 94% - 96% = A 84% - 86% = B 74% - 76% = C 64% - 66% = D 90% - 93% = A- 80% - 83% = B- 70% - 73% = C- 60% - 63% = D- Literature Review Rubric Grading of Assignment: The following rubric will be used to assess your literature review. To calculate your grade, divide total points earned and by 165 (the total points possible), resulting in a percentage. Rubric: Rating Score 15 10 5 0 ASSIGNMENT BASICS Articles Information is Information is Information is Information is gathered from at least gathered from 4 gathered from 3 gathered from 2 or 5 current peer current peer current peer less current peer reviewed journal reviewed journal reviewed journal reviewed journal articles. articles. articles. articles. Title Page Includes specific and Omits one of Omits two of Omits three of informative title, previous previous previous author, course and date. SUMMARY Theme Well organized, Well organized, Weakly organized No organization, demonstrates logical but demonstrates with no logical sequencing, or sequencing and illogical sequencing or structure. structure. sequencing or structure. structure. Abstract Clearly states aim and Aim and scope are Aim and scope are Aim and scope are scope; concisely stated clearly, not stated, major not clearly stated, summarizes major major points are points are major points are not points. not summarized. summarized. summarized. Introduction Aim and scope are Aim and scope are Aim and scope are Aim and scope are repeated and topic is repeated and topic not repeated, topic not repeated, topic is introduced, rationale is introduced, is introduced, and introduced, and is explained. rationale is not rationale is rationale is not explained. explained. explained. Background/Foundation Detailed conclusions Conclusions are There is some No conclusions are are reached from the reached from the indication of made from the evidence offered. evidence offered. conclusions from evidence offered. evidence offered. Research Question Research question(s) Research Research Research question(s) are formed through question(s) are question(s) were were not formed and the literature review formed through not formed but are not apparent and clearly stated. the literature could be formed from the literature review. through review. 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. PRESENTATION Length Adheres to 10 page Does not meet 10 Does not meet 10 Does not meet 10 minimum criteria. page criteria by ½ page criteria by ½ page criteria by more page or less. to 1 page. than 1 page. Format Font, spacing, and Font and spacing, Font, spacing, or Font, spacing, and MLA format are font and MLA, or MLA format is MLA format are correct. spacing and MLA correct. incorrect. are correct. Grammar There are 2 or less There are 3-4 There are 4-5 There are 6 or more grammatical errors. grammatical grammatical grammatical errors. errors. errors. TOTAL POINTS Each of you is expected to use the rubric in order to evaluate a peer’s work. The Proseminar presenters will not use the rubric to evaluate your paper. The Proseminar reviewers do not assign your grade; rather, they perform a pass/fail check on the scientific accuracy and content of your paper. In addition, they may choose to help you narrow and refine the scope of your paper based on their knowledge of available research papers for you to review and help you understand the background, issues and future of the topic you have chosen. Your Proseminar reviewer serves as scientific reader and as such will pay close attention to the correctness, appropriateness and range of your content, in particular the accuracy of the facts, particulars and logic of your scientific argument, position or suggestion for an experiment in the discussion section. Disability Resources: Students with disabilities who require special accommodations or other classroom modifications should notify the instructor and the Office of Disability Resources and Services (DRS) no later than the 4th week of the term. Students may be asked to provide documentation of their disability to determine the appropriateness of the request. DRS is located in 216 William Pitt Union and can be contacted at 412-648-7890. For more information, please visit: https://my.pitt.edu/portal/server.pt/community/disability_resources_and_services/615 Academic Integrity Policy: A student has an obligation to exhibit honesty and to respect the ethical standards of the academy in carrying out his or her academic assignments. Without limiting the application of this principle, a student may be found to have violated this obligation if he or she: 1. Refers during an academic evaluation to materials or sources, or employs devices, not authorized by the instructor. 2. Provides assistance during an academic evaluation to another person in a manner not authorized by the instructor. 3. Receives assistance during an academic evaluation from another person in a manner not authorized by the instructor. 4. Engages in unauthorized possession, buying, selling, obtaining, or using of any materials intended to be used as an instrument of academic evaluation in advance of its administration. 5. Acts as a substitute for another person in any academic evaluation process. 6. Utilizes a substitute in any academic evaluation procedure. 7. Practices any form of deceit in an academic evaluation proceeding. 8. Depends on the aid of others in a manner expressly prohibited by the instructor, in the research, preparation, creation, writing, performing, or publication of work to be submitted for academic credit or evaluation. 9. Provides aid to another person, knowing such aid is expressly prohibited by the instructor, in the research, preparation, creation, writing, performing, or publication of work to be submitted for academic credit or evaluation. 10. Presents as one's own, for academic evaluation, the ideas, representations, or words of another person or persons without customary and proper acknowledgment of sources. 11. Submits the work of another person in a manner that represents the work to be one's own. 12. Knowingly permits one's work to be submitted by another person without the instructor's authorization. 13. Attempts to influence or change one's academic evaluation or record for reasons other than achievement or merit. 14. Indulges, during a class, examination session, or any other academic setting, in conduct that is disruptive or disrespectful as to infringe upon the rights of the instructor or fellow students. 15. Fails to cooperate, if called upon, in the investigation or disposition of any allegation of dishonesty pertaining to another student, or any other breach of a student's obligation to exhibit honesty. For more information, please visit: http://www.as.pitt.edu/faculty/policy/integrity.html.
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