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BIOLOGY 492 - Senior Seminar
DR. WAYNE CARMICHAEL Fall, 2005, Section 03
Harmful Algae Blooms--HABs
Course Description: 2 cr. hr.
The United States, along with many countries throughout the world, is faced with a growing problem collectively called "harmful algal blooms" (HABs) that are caused by the proliferation of microscopic algae, cyanobacteria, and other microorganisms that cause harm in a variety of ways. These impacts include human illness and mortality from direct or indirect exposures to toxins, economic hardship for economies dependent on tourism, and dramatic seafood, fish, bird and mammal mortalities as well as more subtle but equally devastating ecosystem and environmental damage.
BIO 492 Senior Seminar
Section 03-- Syllabus
Harmful Algae Blooms--HABs
All meetings will be in Room 210 Allyn Hall
Reference (not required): Manual on Harmful Marine Microalgae. Monographs on Oceanographic Methodology #11. UNESCO Publishing. 2003. 793 pages.
Meeting #1 - An initial meeting time will be on Thursday, September 15, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. in 210 Allyn Hall. Topics and subsequent meeting times will be decided at this first meeting.
September 15 (3-5 p.m.)
Meeting #1--Topic Discussion, Handouts
Topics Due Via e-mail|
Outlines Due Via e-mail
||Outlines Returned Via e-mail
Meeting #2 Discussion and Update
Written Papers Due Via e-mail
Meeting #3--Papers Returned--Problems Discussed
Power Point Files Due Via e-mail
November 3 and 4 (3-5 p.m.)
Meetings #5 and #6--Oral Presentations
This course is writing intensive; this means that:
Any course in a major program may be designated "Writing Intensive" by the unit offering the course. Writing Intensive courses will have at least 4500 words (18 double-spaced pages) of writing, at least half of which will be evaluated formally and all of which will count as part of students' performance in the course.
In this Senior Seminar the writing intensive component will be accomplished in three parts:
The total for the three components needs to be at least 4500 words. Each component needs to be submitted to me by 5 p.m. on the date set in the schedule above. Each component must be submitted by e-mail as an attachment using Microsoft Word for text and Excel for tables or graphs.
- A topic outline of at least 500 words (ref included)
- A written paper of at least an additional 2000 words
- The oral component of the seminar will be accompanied by an outline/paper synopsis (to be provided to the entire class) of at least 1000 words.
Each part is worth 50 points with the third part (the oral presentation) being worth 25 pt for the written part and 25 points for the oral presentation. Late submissions of any part will be discounted 5 points per day until handed in (5 p.m. of a given day is that day's deadline).
Oral Presentation Details
Topics are to be chosen from the list provided. Only one person will be presenting on a given HAB topic. In researching and presenting the HAB topic, web based references used must be no more than 3-4; your paper and oral presentation must include several (i.e. more than used from the web) primary references-i.e. books, book chapters, primary journal articles or review articles.
Oral presentations are to be designed for 20 min including 5 min for discussion. Presentations are to be done using Power Point or equivalent software. Electronic copies of the PP presentation are to be provided to me by e-mail no later than two days prior to the time of presentation. You will be provided with a CD of all the class presentations.
Students who desire help with writing should contact the Writing Center, located in 031 Dunbar Library. They can provide written or on-line resources about writing style & mechanics, grammar, spelling, etc. In addition, you can work with a tutor to improve your skills.
Main phone: 775-4186.
Writer's Hotline: 775-2158(9-4 M through F)
Office Sessions Hours are: Monday-Thursday
9 AM-5 PM;
Monday-Thursday 6-8 PM,
Friday 9 AM - 4 PM.
Call Prof. Wayne Carmichael
Office: 025 Fawcett Hall, Office Hours 2-3pm Tues/Thur or by appointment.
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