Course Description: Designed for senior biology majors to have the opportunity to write and orally present a research proposal, BIO497 is a prerequisite for BIO 498, the capstone course in the biology major.
Expectations: You will conduct a review of the scientific literature, and construct and design a written research project proposal, which will be presented to a group for peer review, in keeping with the norms of the field of biology.
Paper: you will need a minimum of ten (10) citations, eight (8) of which must be primary sources, and two (2) of which can be secondary sources. No textbooks allowed. See you syllabus for more information.
When you are assigned a project or paper, does your mind turn blank? Are you unsure as to where to start? Does it make you nervous? If so, you're not alone! Everyone experiences this at some time or other, but some people have strategies or techniques to get them started. When you are planning a project, presentation or paper, try some of the following suggestions.
EXPLORE the problem -- not the topic
DETERMINE your goals
GENERATE some ideas
Use Concept Mapping
Talk to your audience