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BIO 221 - Microbiology - St. Clair: Getting Started

The guide contains library resource information for biology 221 course. St. Clair is the instructor.

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Your Assignment

Unit 3 Microorganism Research Paper
Due to the dropbox by April 18th, 2020


Choose ONE from each of the Seven colored categories to research in more depth. That is Seven total organisms to research. Start your investigation by looking at the PowerPoints on D2L for a summary of each pathogen. From there, use the primary and secondary resources introduced by our librarians (more information to come) to research each of the seven in more depth. You will then use your research to write a paper that describes the following about each of the seven organisms. I will hold a Zoom Session this week to get you started.

1. General Background about the organism, i.e. the who, what, when, where, why, and how of discovery. (2% x7) ~1 paragraph

2. Where do you find this pathogen, where are you likely to come in contact with it, how do you get infected/affected, prevalence. (2% x7) ~1 paragraph

3. Diagnosis and treatment options. (2% x7) ~1 paragraph

4. Using a published journal article, summarize current research and opportunities for identification/diagnosis/treatment, etc. (7% x7) ~2-4 paragraphs -If you are having trouble meeting length using just one article, you may use two.

5. You will also be graded on correct citations. (7%) Choose MLA, APA, or Chicago format

6. Well formatted- including no grammatical errors, written in a CONVERSATIONAL, INFORMAL manner (i.e. professional, but as if you were telling me about each organism conversationally), appropriate length, not too short but not too long either ~5-7 paragraphs per organism (7%)

7. The last category concerns how easy it is to read. THIS IS STRICTLY ARBITRARY AND BASED ON MY OWN OPINION. When writing for someone else’s consumption, you must at least attempt to make it palatable to your audience. I will be reading 22 papers that may be 7-10 pages long. PLEASE MAKE IT INTERESTING! If you are bored, I’m sure I will be bored. This section is only worth (2%) because I know that writing is not everyone’s strength, but here is where you may be awarded extra credit if I can tell you put a lot of thought and effort into making your paper extra special.

Keep in mind that this is the ONLY thing I expect you to work on in lecture over a three-week period. If you work on two to three organisms a week, you should easily be able to give me a complete and well-written paper. You would ordinarily spend three hours a week in class and up to 9 hours a week outside of class working on lecture. I expect you to be thorough, thoughtful, and review your writing. If you prefer to submit the organisms one at a time, you may do so. That means the topics don’t have to flow from organism to organism but can be seven separate essays. I do not want to implement strict page limit guidelines, formatting, etc, but you need to write enough to cover all topics but edit your information to give a concise overview for each organism. A well-written paper should have around 5-7 paragraphs for each organism. You should have a compelling reason to go outside the 5-7 paragraph range or else points will be deducted up to 7% total for the entire paper. You will be graded for correct citations using MLA, APA or Chicago formatting; whichever you feel most comfortable with. I just want to ensure you are giving credit to the original sources as well as being able to verify where you drew your material basis.

I expect items 1, 2, and 3 should each be about a paragraph long. The bulk of your paper should be about item 4. This is where you find at least one scientific journal article (not news article) and summarize what you find. The article should be published AFTER 2015. The more recent the article, the better. I’m excited to be updated on current Micro Research!

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