APS 323, Social Insects. Seen Exam. February-March 2004 Lecturer: Prof. F. Ratnieks This exam is in two parts. In B there is a choice of questions on part 2 of the course (reproduction/conflict/inclusive fitness). You must do two of these. They are worth 25 points each. In A there is just one question. It is compulsory and is worth 50 points. For Part B questions, please answer as appropriate with numbers, figures, graphs, writing. Show your working where this is appropriate. You may handwrite your answers to B if you like, except for the final question which must be printed. Answers to part A must be neatly printed on a single sheet of A4 paper and must follow the designated style format exactly in terms of layout, fonts and sizes etc. Your answers should be numbered, stapled together with a work handed in form, and handed in to the departmental office, D-floor Alfred Denny Building, by 1600 on Thursday 18 March. Answers must be your own work. Part A. Compulsory. 50 points Communication of science to the general public is becoming increasingly important, and numerous former APS students have gone on to employment with publishers, TV companies, museums etc. where such skills are valued. To help you gain skills in this direction at the same time as learning more about social insects, you are required to prepare a one-page (A4 size paper) pamphlet on a named taxon (species [e.g., Vespula vulgaris, the common wasp], genus [e.g., Vespula wasps]), family [e.g., Vespinae wasps], order [e.g., Isoptera, termites) of social insects, focusing either on their general biology or some specific aspect of their biology of particular interest (e.g., how honey bees make honey, how leaf cutter ants grow their fungus). The pamphlet should be readable by the following people: APS 323 students, school kids aged c. 15, educated general public. It may contain some technical lamguage but keep this to a minimum. For example, rather than saying “male bees are haploid” you might say “male bees arise from unfertilised eggs”. It should follow the format of the pamphlets given to you in class and written by Prof. Ratnieks on “The honey bee”, “How bees make honey”, “Garbage disposal in leafcutter ants” etc. Lengths of sections and fonts Title c.7 words or less, must be on a single line Comic Sans MS 16 Bold Main text 300-400 words Comic Sans MS 9 or 10 Plain Did you know? 3-5 examples each of 10-30 words Comic Sans MS 10 Bold (title), 9 plain (rest) That’s amazing! 3-5 examples each of 10-30 words Comic Sans MS 10 Bold (title), 9 plain (rest) Photo or diagram captions 2, each of 10-50 words Geneva 16, 18 or 20 (as appropriate) Photos or diagrams 2, each to go with the captions Software to use Please us MS word. I recommend Powerpoint to make the Figure panel, which you can then paste into the Word document. Format of page Follow the example in the pamphlets that you have been given. For the overall layout use: margins: 1cm (top, bottom, left, right) (MENU: Format, Document) columns: 2, width 12.33cm for both, spacing 1.27cm (MENU: Format, Columns) Please download the template from the APS 323 website which is already formatted correctly and already has the University and LASI logos pasted in. The final three boxes should be left as they are, except that you must put your own name in the final box. Photos/Figure You are required to provide two photos or figures with captions. This is how I do it. Go into Powerpoint and make a slide. Into this slide paste your figures/photos. Resize them as appropriate. Any parts of your photos or figures that fall off the edges of the slide will not be seen. You can also crop a photo in Powerpoint by clicking on it then going into the menu Format, Picture. Below this set up two text boxes. The caption should be in Geneva 16, 18 or 20 (depending on how many words you have). Do not give a number to the caption. In these pamphlets it is not needed. Then go to “Slide Sorter” in the “View” menu. Click on your slide and paste into Word. In Word resize the slide to fit a single column by dragging one of the corners. Put figure in left hand column. Bottom Line The bottom line is that your pamphlet muct exactly fill the page, look good, and be identical in format to those given out in class. If you want to have more main text then you need to have shorter “Did you know” and “That’s amazing”. Its up to you to sort all this out by adding and deleting words. Every word will count so you will have to write carefully. Grading (Points out of 50) main text including quality of English 25, did you know 5, that’s amazing 5, photo/diagram captions 5, photos/diagrams 5, overall impact including appearance 5. Marks will be awarded for scientific accuracy, good writing (clear, correct grammar and spelling, packs a lot into a few words), appropriate “Did you Know?” points and interesting “That’s amazing” points, good choice of figures and informative captions. You must provide adequate captions to the photos and diagrams. For “That’s amazing” choose things that are really interesting. For example, in a pamphlet on the honey bee it would be OK to say that “honey bee workers visit flowers up to 13km from the hive” under “That’s amazing” whereas “honey bee workers collect pollen and nectar” is not amazing, as everybody already knows this. However, in a pamphlet about the honey bee it would be OK to say “Honey bee colonies get all the food they need from flowers: pollen (protein) and nectar (carbohydrate)” under “Did you know”.
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