Assignment #3 Final Presentation
BIOL180 Assignment 3: The Final Presentation
For this assignment, you will use the “species” you chose for the Week 2 Mini-Presentation.
Objective: Develop an audio-narrated PowerPoint presentation based on the research you have conducted about your chosen species.
Before You Start:
To prepare for this assignment, I recommend that you do the following:
• Read these directions carefully
• Read the BIOL180 Final Presentation Grading Rubric.pdf.
• The grading rubric is a detailed evaluation that I will use to assess your performance. It also will help you understand what is expected of you as you prepare your assignment.
• Use your own words (paraphrase). For help with paraphrasing, please review the ‘Quoting and Paraphrasing’ help in the Trefry Library Writing@APUS Center.
• Note that your Turnitin report similarity score should be under 20% (not including references) and free of paraphrasing issues. Review the color-flagged text on your report, fix any issues, and resubmit again before the deadline (this assignment is set to unlimited submissions until the deadline).
• Note that less than 10% of your work should contain direct quotes.
• Email me with any questions!
• [Recall that Wikipedia is not considered a credible source for our purposes and should not be used in class.]
Assignment Instructions: Putting it all together, you will develop your presentation based on the work you submitted for all of the steps to date as well as the instructor feedback you were given.
Final Presentation requirements:
• Your presentation will be submitted as an audio-narrated PowerPoint, narrated by you, the student. You cannot use “text-to-speech” programs or technologies that do the narration for you unless noted as an approved accommodation in a current DSA letter you have furnished to me. For instructions on how to create audio narration in PowerPoint, see the following link: Record a Slide Show With Narration. Audio narration is a requirement!
• Proper use and pronunciation of scientific terminology are required. For help with pronunciation, see this link: Cambridge Dictionary
• There must be visual elements (e.g., photos, videos, graphs, figures).
• Your presentation must contain approximately 10-15 slides (excluding reference and title slides) and run approximately 5-10 minutes.
• Text is organized using concise phrases typed on each slide and properly cited.
• Work that is improperly cited and referenced or lacking either proper in-text citations or references may not be accepted for credit.
Be sure to add your name, date, class name, instructor name, and project topic to the TITLE SLIDE.
The required topics/subtopics: Your presentation should contain the following in the order listed below. Remember to follow the instructions in the colored box which corresponds to your organism type.
I. The Introduction Section
A. Organism Introduction
1. The common and scientific name of your organism. Please see this link to help with scientific names if needed: How to Write Scientific Names of Organisms
2. Where you observed your organism (country, state, park, zoo, etc.)
3. A brief discussion on why you chose your organism
4. If possible, a picture and/or video of you safely observing your species in the field. If not possible, search the Internet for an image (and remember to cite your source for the image) in a typical habitat.
II. The Body
A. Physical Description
1. You must include a brief physical description. You can use your personal observations. If you cannot safely observe your organism, you must research.
a. size, coloring, etc. (e.g., Differences between male and female, juvenile and adult.)
B. Life Cycle and Reproduction
1. Life Cycle: describe the life cycle of your organism. The life cycle refers to the series of changes that happen from the beginning of life as your organism develops and grows into a mature organism. Please see here for some hints on the Life Cycle. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!
2. Reproduction: You must discuss the reproductive strategies of your organism (e.g. release of gametes by a fish or hermaphroditic reproduction in earthworms), mate choice, mating displays, mate competition, and mating systems.
C. Structure and Function
1. Please select one organ system of your organism that you find to be particularly interesting and describe both the anatomy and physiology of that system.
2. If your organism is an animal, here is a list of the general animal organ systems
D. Energy Ecology
1. If you can observe these, that is best. If not, research.
2. What are the food sources? Types? Amounts? Temporal pattern of feeding? Specific handling or processing of food items by the organism (e.g. the way a squirrel manipulates an acorn)
1. Where your organism lives. This does not refer to a city or state, but rather the natural environment in which your organism lives.
2. You should consider abiotic factors, such as soil, water, etc., as well as biotic factors, such as predators, hosts, etc.
III. The Conclusion Section
A. This section should contain four to six points that sum up the main points from the body of the outline.
B. Start your conclusive section with one sentence summarizing some basic information about your chosen organism (name and geographical distribution).
C. Continue with a brief summary (1-2 sentences) about the life cycle and any particular body structures.
D. Include a brief summary (1-2 sentences) about the ecological role of your chosen organism in its ecosystem.
E. Wrap up the conclusive section with a closing note that provides brief information about a unique fact and/or behavior of your chosen organism.
IV. Reference Slides and Internal Citations – must contain the following:
A. Internal Citations – These are not listed on a separate page, but rather are placed throughout the presentation via in-text citations anytime you paraphrase, use direct quotes, or use visual/audio components from other sources. Therefore, all source material should be cited.
B. Reference Slides –
A. Include a final “References” slide listing a minimum of five (and no more than 10) academically and scientifically credible sources used for facts shared in your presentation.
B. Include a final “Media References” slide listing all images, videos, graphs, audio elements, etc., used within your presentation.
C. All references listed on the reference slides should be cited internally within the presentation, and vice versa.
• These sections and your title slide are not included in the slide count for your presentation.
• Do not include the summary/evaluation sections from Assignment 1: Annotated Bibliography; simply list the references utilized in your presentation in APA format on the reference slides.
• Work that is improperly cited and referenced or lacking either proper citations or references may not be accepted for credit.
*Writing Expectations: Apply scientific concepts and use scientific terminology correctly. Utilize proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation. For help with pronunciation, see this link: Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary.
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