Ann Reisenauer - Biology 11

Assignments

Bio11 Group Presentations (40 pts) 

You will join a group of 3 students and research a human disease. The group will create an outline that will form the basis of a short 10-min presentation in lab during the dates listed on the course calendar. Every member of the group must participate in the presentation to receive credit. Be prepared to answer questions and facilitate a discussion.

  • Prepare and present a 10-15 minute ORAL PRESENTATION on your topic. Each member of the group should talk for 3-4 min.
  • Your team will submit a PROJECT OUTLINE. Your outline is to be grammatically correct and typed. It will consist of the parts described below. You do not need to write long sentences and paragraphs – use outline form with bullet points. You only need to hand in one outline per team.
    • While all team members should contribute to every aspect of the outline, each member of your team should take charge of at least one of the sections and present those sections in class.
  • Use VISUAL AIDS – Powerpoint presentations are best. The most effective slides use pictures, phrases and "bullet points"; avoid long sentences and slides filled with words. If you include a video clip, it should be less than 2 min long. 
  • Try to make your presentations INTERESTING AND FUN! and educational, of course.
  • It is important that you draw from reliable scientific information and present the pros and cons of the topic (if applicable).
  • The group will TURN IN A LIST OF REFERENCES listing a minimum of 3 reliable sources – journals, magazines (Scientific American, Science News, etc), science pages of newspapers (like the New York Times), internet sites (only URLs that end in .gov or .org are acceptable). 
  • NO CREDIT FOR STUDENTS WHO MISS THIS LAB. Students must attend the lab section they are enrolled in.
Tips on how to research the disease
  • Google Scholar is a good place to find reliable sources.
  • To find the genetic and dietary factors related to your disease, search using the disease name followed by the term “genes”, “causes”, “inheritance”, “risk factors” or “diet”
  • To find out the ways the immune system fights against (or contributes to!) your disease, search using the disease name followed by “immune response” or “immune system”
 
Format for your team's project outline

Team members:

(1) ___________________   (2) __________________ (3) ___________________  

Topic:  ___________________

  • Introduction – describe disease 
    • Attention getter: some opening that catches our interest like a startling fact, quote, joke
    • Prevalence, symptoms, treatment
  •  Describe how the disease impacts the body
    • What is the physiology of the disease?
    • Which cells or molecules are involved?
  • What is known about the causes of this disease?
    • Is the disease inherited?  Have specific genes been identified?
    • Is it affected by lifestyle (ex. diet, exercise, smoking)?  Explain.
    • Does the disease involve the immune system (ex. allergies or type 1 diabetes)?
    • Can the disease be prevented?  If so, how?
  • Final thought: leave audience with a sense of closure and something to think about
  • List of 3 reliable references (see details above)

 

GRADING

Describe disease: prevalence, symptoms, treatment

0 points

7 points

10 points

Information is entirely lacking.

 

One of the requested topics is unclear or lacking detail.

Outline/presentation addresses all topics requested


Explain how the disease affects the body at the biological level

0 points

7 points

10 points

Information is entirely lacking.

One of the requested topics is unclear or lacking detail.

Outline/presentation describes 1) how normal physiology is altered, and 2) which cells or molecules are involved

What is known about the causes of this disease?

0 points

7 points

10 points

Information is entirely lacking.

One of the requested topics is unclear or lacking detail.

Outline/presentation addresses causes of the disease: 1) genetic,  2) lifestyle, 3) immune system, or other

Clarity and use of scientific evidence to support a position:

0 points

7 points

10 points

Arguments lack basis in scientific evidence (ex. based on myth, misconceptions, or lacking in scientific information about treatment/technology)

Presenters do not seem engaged in the presentation, only read directly from notes, or presentation is difficult to follow/unclear. 

At least 2 references are reliable

Presenters base arguments around scientific evidence (information about the biology of the disease, facts or stats about prevalence, etc.).

Presentation is convincing, engaging, and easy to understand. All references are reliable.

 

Total Team Score Out of 40: ____

You will also perform anonymous evaluations of your team interactions to give insights into how well your team functioned in preparing for the project/presentation.



Contact
email Email: Ann Reisenauer
Office: SC1 2nd floor 
Hours:
TuTh 10-10:30 a.m. in lab, SC2116

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Last Updated: 5/23/13