Step 2: Innovations in Biology and Technology – Writing Assignment
Addresses course outcomes 1-4:
recognize and explain how the scientific method is used to solve problems
make observations and discriminate between scientific and pseudoscientific explanations
weigh evidence and make decisions based on strengths and limitations of scientific knowledge and the scientific method
use knowledge of biological principles, the scientific method, and appropriate technologies to ask relevant questions, develop hypotheses, design and conduct experiments, interpret results, and draw conclusions
Write a paper about your chosen topic.
Your paper should consist of a title page, introduction, several paragraphs addressing the questions for your chosen topic, conclusion, and references.
The outline you wrote in step 1 should be your starting point, but you can make edits to the topics and details you include, and the organization of the content. Take advantage of any feedback received.
Your paper should be 750-1500 words, excluding references and the title page.
Use a minimum of three (3) reliable information sources. These may or may not be the same resources that you found in step 1 of this assignment.
The majority of your paper should be written in your own words, in your own writing style and structure, and fully paraphrasing information from the selected information sources (just changing a few words in a sentence is not enough). Your paper should consist of less than 10% direct quotes. Quotation marks must be used at the start and end of a direct quote, followed by an in-text citation. When paraphrasing, you should also use text citations to acknowledge the source.
A list of references in APA format should be included at the end.
Resources that may be helpful as you write your paper:
UMGC Citing and Writing page for citation, writing, and academic integrity help: https://sites.umgc.edu/library/libhow/gethelp-citing.cfm
Paraphrasing content in your own words: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH4YG4wb49c
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