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Assignment 2: The Outline
Objective: Organize your thoughts and the main points of your research for your final presentation
Assignment Instructions: To help you complete Assignment 3: The Presentation, you will first submit an outline to organize your thoughts and main points. Your outline should be formatted a specific way and must contain the following elements as described below.
Be sure to add your name and course number to your outline.
The outline format: Your outline must be formatted as described and exemplified in the example attached. Please note that this format will be assessed in your grade:
- Use an alphanumeric sequence
- Sections should be indented and aligned
- Follow the suggested order of the required elements
- Use brief but detailed and descriptive phrases.
- Your outline should contain the following elements in this order, and please note that some of these should be your personal observations
- The Introduction Section
- Organism Introduction
- The common and scientific name of your organism. Please see this link to help with scientific names if needed: How To Write Scientific Names https://oregonstate.edu/dept/ldplants/sci-names.htm
- Where you observed your organism (country, state, park, zoo, etc.)
- A brief discussion on why you chose your organism
- 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.
- The Body
- Physical Description
- You must include a brief physical description. You can use your personal observations. If you cannot safely observe your organism, you must research.
- Size, Coloring, etc.
- Life Cycle and Reproduction
- Life Cycle: describe the life cycle of your organism. The life cycle refers to the series of changes that happens 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 https://www.britannica.com/science/life-cycle . If you have any questions please feel free to ask!
- 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.
- Structure and Function
- 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.
- If your organism is an animal, here are a list of the general animal organ systems https://www.thoughtco.com/animal-organ-systems-4101795
- Energy Ecology
- If you can observe these, that is best. If not, research.
- 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)
- Where your organism lives. This does not refer to a city or state, but rather the natural environment in which your organism lives.
- You should consider abiotic factors, such as soil, water, etc., as well as biotic factors, such as predators, hosts, etc.
III. The Conclusion Section
- This section should contain four to six points that sum up the main points from the body of the outline.
- Start your conclusive section with one sentence summarizing some basic information about your chosen organism (name and geographical distribution).
- Continue with a brief summary (1-2 sentences) about the life cycle and any particular body structures.
- Include a brief summary (1-2 sentences) about the ecological role of your chosen organism in its ecosystem.
- Wrap up the conclusive section with a closing note that provides brief information about a unique fact and/or behavior of your chosen organism.
- The Reference Section:
- This is not just the reference page; rather, referencing should occur throughout the outline as it will in your presentation. Therefore, your outline should include both a separate reference page containing a minimum of five sources listed in proper APA reference list format ANDinternal citations throughout the outline where appropriate. Please be sure to see the resources below for assistance regarding in-text citations and reference list formatting, and/or ask me if you have any additional questions.