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Syllabus IDH 3931 Discovering Research and Communicating Science
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Title: Syllabus IDH 3931 Discovering Research and Communicating Science
Series Title: Discovering Research and Communicating Science
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Creator: Johnson, Margeaux
Wrublewski, Donna
Publication Date: 2011
Copyright Date: 2011
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Subjects / Keywords: Information Literacy
Honors
Library Research
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Abstract: This is the syllabus for the fall 2011 science information literacy course Discovering Research & Communicating Science. IDH 3931 will provide the information research skills necessary for students to succeed in STEM disciplines. The course will include guest lecturers from a variety of subjects to speak about their research, available undergraduate research opportunities, and what skills they see are essential for new graduate students. Learning in the class will be self-directed with each student selecting a scientific topic of his or her own interest for course readings, research, and writing assignments.
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Discovering Research Communicating Science IDH 3931 Sect. 2303 Tuesday 9:35 11:30, Thursday 10:40 11:30 & Course Overview IDH 3931 will provide the information research skills necessary for students to succeed in STEM disciplines The course will include guest lecturers from a variety of subjects to speak about their research, available undergraduate research opportunities, and what skills they see are essential for new graduate students. Learning in the class will be self directed with each student selecting a scientific topic of his or her own interest for course readings, research, and writing assignment s. Instructor Contact Information Margeaux Johnson margeaux@ufl.edu (352)273 2863 Office:MSL209B Donna Wrublew s ki dtwrublewski@ufl.edu (352)273 28 72 Office:MSL 201C Class Period & Times Tuesday Period 3 &4 (9:35 11:30) Thursday Period 4 (10:40 11:30) Office Hours Monday 2:00 3:00 Margeaux Johnson MSL209B Tuesday 8:30 9:30 Margeaux Johnson MSL209B Fri day 9: 0 0 12:00 Donna Wrublewski MSL2 01C Additional hours can be arranged by appointment. Course Materials There are no assigned textbooks for purchase. All readings will be provided by instructor or available through the UF library. Class materials, assignments, schedule, and discussion boards can be found on the class website. E learning site Course announcements, assignments, calendars, and communications are all available through the UF E learning system in Sakai at https://lss.at.ufl.edu/

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Weekly Course Schedule Topics Due Week 1: Introduction, Course Overview, and Research Ethics Week 2: Scholarly Communications, Scientific Writing, and Abstracts Week 3: Citation Management Constructing Searches, and Evaluating Information 9/6 Abstract 1 Week 4: Searching the Scientific Literature : General Science, Health Sciences and Physical & Chemical Sciences 9/13 Abstract 2 Week 5: Searching the Scientific Literature : Engineering and the Biological Sciences 9/20 Abstract 3 9/22 Quiz Week 6: Visualizing Science: Poster Presentations and Data Visualization 9/27 Abstract 4 Week 7: Communicating Science: Manuscript Preparation and Conference Presentations 10/4 Poster 10/4 Abstract 5 Week 8: Open Access and Open Source Resources 10/11 Abstract 6 Week 9: Grant Writing and Scientific Funding 10/18 Abstract 7 Week 10: LaTeX, Web 2.0 tools, CVs 10/25 Research Proposal Bibliography & Topic 10/25 Abstract 8 Week 11: Undergraduate Research Opportunities 11/1 Abstract 9 Week 12: Preparing for Graduate School and Professional School 11/8 Abstract 10 Week 13: Grant Writing Workshop 11/17 Research Proposal Draft Week 14: Mapping and GIS Week 15: Research Proposal Presentations 11/29 Research Proposal Presentations Week 16: Course Wrap Up and Class Brunch 12/8 Research Proposal Final Version

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Course Objectives By the end of this course students will : Develop a research proposal using NSF guidelines and understand the grant writing process from both a submission and a reviewer standpoint Create a scientific poster presentation that visualizes a topic of interest Write clear, concise abstracts that convey information accurately Effectively search the scientific liter ature for appropriate resources Evaluate resources for authority, currency, objectivity, accuracy, and coverage Discuss STEM research ethics including plagiaris m, data fals ification, and data fabrication Use citation management software to develop bibliographies Recognize and debate the shift in scholarly communication in the scientific community that has led to Open Access publication options Map the process of sub mitting an academic article to an academic journal Locate undergraduate research opportunities at the University of Florida and understand how to prepare for graduate school Apply tools for scientific communication Course Policies Attendance Attendance at class lectures is 10% of your overall grade and thus is highly recommended. If you miss a lecture, please be sure to look at the course site for the lecture notes. You will be responsible for any assignments given out during class. While in class, please turn off your phone ringer and do n ot tex t or surf the web during class. Late Assignments Assignments will be accepted up to a week after they are due with a 10% penalty per day. Please contact as soon as possible either instructor if you have a medical or other emergency excuse. Assig nments will not be accepted after 1 week overdue. Assignment Submission Unless indicated otherwise, a ssignments should be submitted through the course website. Please do not wait until the last minute to turn in an assignment in case of technical difficulties. Assignments should be proofread carefully before submission. Papers that have an excessive amount of errors will be aut omatically downgraded by 10%. Academic Honor Code Students are expected to uphold the Academic Honor Code published i n the Undergraduate Catalog ( http://www.registrar.ufl.edu/catalog/policies/students.html ). Please b ecome familiar with the policies of the Honor Code ( http://www.dso.ufl.edu/sccr/honorcodes/honorcode.php ) as all violations will be reported to the Dean of Students office. Accommodations Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the Instructor when requesting accommodation.

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Assignment Summaries For full assignment descriptions, details, learning objectives, and grading rubrics see the course e learning site in Sakai at https://lss.at.ufl.edu/ Abstra cts 10 total (2 0% of grade or 2% for each abstract ) Select a scientific topic and locate a journal article using library databases. S ummarize the main points of the article in 300 words or less. Purpose : Practice searching the scientific literature and communicating scientific knowledge in a written format. Subject Map ping Poster (1 0 % of grade) Use an ISI citation database to explore a scientific topic in depth. Create a presentation poster describing the evolu tion of research in this topic. Purpose : Demonstrate understanding of the field through an in depth subject analysis. Create a conference quality, large scale poster presentation. Information Resources Exercise ( 10 % of grade) Selecting appropriate library data bases and online searching tools, find answers to list of questions. We will discuss and compare answers in class; be prepared to defend your reference source. Purpose : Learn how to evaluate veracity of sources and locate appropriate materials De monstrate a mastery of the databases presented in class. Research Proposal: Topic & Bibliography (10% of grade) Define your topic fo r your final research proposal. Prepare an annotated bibliography of 10 resources that are relevant to your area of inquiry. Purpose : Begin planning for your final project in the class. Demonstrate a mastery of searching the scientific literature Research Proposal: Draft (5% of grade) Write a rough draft of the research proposal using NSF grant guidelines. Purpose : Practice grant writing skills, synthesize the resources on your topic to write a cohesive proposal, demonstrate understanding of scientific funding, and develop a CV. Research Proposal: Presentation (15% of grade) Communicate your research proposal in a 10 minute presentation to your classmates that uses appropriate visuals, engages your audience, and provides compelling reasons for your research to be funded. Classmates will peer review all presentations and review grants to provide funding to top nomine es. Purpose : Practice presentation and communication skills. Research Proposal: Final Version (20% of grade) Develop a complete research proposal based on NSF guidelines. Incorporate feedback from your rough draft and presentation. Purpose : Practice grant writing skills, synthesize the resources on your topic to write a cohesive proposal, demonstrate understanding of scientific funding, and develop a CV.