1. Science writers convey complex scientific
ideas to the public. They must be
knowledgeable in the sciences as well as
proficient in techniques of journalism. Good
science writing is thoroughly researched and
communicates the key ideas of scientific
research and topics in a comprehensible and
straightforward manner. Science writers are
also always on the lookout for new and
interesting discoveries and studies in
science. For this project, you are the science
reporter for your local newspaper. You have
just received an assignment from your editor.
She asks you to write an article on a major
topic within the field of microbiology. She
stipulates that in this article you must:
1. Generate a historical timeline of the major
scientific discoveries leading to our current
understanding of the topic.
2. Include a summary of our current
understanding of the topic.
3. Project where the next major advance or
breakthrough in your topic will come from.
For Part A of this project you explore possible
topics and do background research.
Specifically, you choose a suitable topic,
identify appropriate resources, and generate
a brief outline of the article you will write.
Your topic must fall under the following
1. Microbiology and human health
2. Microbiology and the environment
3. Microbiology and agriculture or industry
Procedure 1. Consult your textbook to choose a topic under one of the subheadings listed above.
For example, from the area microbiology and
industry, you might examine the use of
organisms by the alcoholic beverage
industry. More specifically, are you interested
in wine and the grapes that produce it? You
could investigate the actions of a fungus
called noble rot or the cultures involved in
the fermentation of the grapes. [Need help
choosing a topic?] 2. Email your topic to your instructor for
3. Once your receive instructor approval, do some background research on your topic to
get more familiar with it. Using the Credo
Reference and/or Britannica Online:
Academic Edition databases, find 1-2
articles/encyclopedia entries on your topic
that will help you complete your Project 2
article. You can access these databases from
the Library’s Background Information page. 4. Now that you have a basic understanding of your topic, find 5-6 peer-reviewed research
articles that will help you complete your
article using the Library’s OneSearch tool.
OneSearch is found on the Library’s
homepage. Watch the OneSearch Tips video
for assistance getting started. [Note: In
OneSearch you can limit your results to peerreviewed journals.] 5. You should now have a total of at least 7
sources to use for your article.
6. After reading the sources, think of the main points that you will cover and develop an
outline for your article. [Need help writing an
outline?] 7. In a single Word document, submit your outline and list of at least 7 sources
(references) in APA format and place it in the appropriate assignment dropbox. [Need help
with APA format?]
Compose your work using a word processor
(or other software as appropriate) and save it
frequently to your computer. Be sure to
check your work and correct any spelling or
grammatical errors before you upload it.
When you are ready to submit your work,
click quot;Browse My Computerquot; and find your
file. Once you have located your file, click
quot;Openquot; and, if successful, the file name will
appear under the Attached files heading.
Scroll to the bottom of the page and click
Your topic outline comprises 15% of the final
research paper project grade (2.25% of your
total grade). The final research paper
contributes 85% of your research project
grade (12.75% of your total grade ). Your
submission will be evaluated using the SLA
Outline and Thesis Rubric [67 KB PDF file].
Your research project grade is your outline
and your research paper combined (2.25% +
12.75%) and comprises 15% of your total