The culmination of this course will be a term project
that you will submit at the end of the semester. This project will
integrate the skills that you have learned in this class to produce a 1) a professional
written document, 2) a professional poster presentation,
3) a professional slide presentation, and 4) a web site dedicated to the
dissemination of information collected for this project. This project
will develop through the remainder of the class.
The first section of this project will be a written statement of a topic in geology that you wish to research. This statement should be approximately two pages long. The statement of the topic should be written in Microsoft Word and should include at least one figure (drafted using Microsoft Word's drawing tools) and ideally one equation. In addition to the statement, figures, and equations, you should include a billeted outline of the research method you will use. Finally, use your GeoRef skills to find at least five references relevant to your research topic.
After this document has been written, you are to email the document to three of your classmates for peer evaluation. They will be required to use the annotation features of Microsoft Word to give you feedback on your ideas. After you receive the annotated files back from all two peer reviewers, you are to revise the text and figures with their suggestions in mind. Finally, email both the annotated Microsoft Word documents and the final statement to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will constitute the first part of your term project.
The link below will provide access to a sample proposal (unannotated). Download this file so that you can get a flavor for what we are looking for in these statements:
here to download the Microsoft Word file.
The above was prepared to help you all when you were writing your outlines.