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Introduction to CIAM 6117


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  • 1. Schedule subject to change
  • 2. Basic information on CIAM 6117Course content: I Introduction to oceans and coasts II Coastal processes III Ocean waves IV Global processes V Coastal Ecosystems VI Impact of human activities on coastal environments VII Coastal management strategies
  • 3. Basic information on CIAM 6117Field trips (tentative)• National Weather Service, San Juan, Puerto Rico• Playa Escambron/Playa Cerro Gordo• Magueyes Island Lab, UPR-RUM, La PargueraNOTE: Due to university transporation policies and fiscal limitations, we will need to use personal vehicles for all field trips.
  • 4. Basic information on CIAM 6117- One scheduled exam during the period of 14-20 Dec 12. It represents 25% of the final class grade.- 75% of your assessment will be based on the combination of participation (THIS IS A PARTICIPATORY CLASS), the outline, pre-proposal, and full proposal.- The first step of writing the proposal will be a brief outline of the paper by Gopan and Swan on 30 Aug 12. Next, a full sentence outline of your proposal will be due 20 Sep 12. The pre-proposal is due 1 Nov 12. Each pre-proposal will be presented on 25 Oct 2012 and critically and anonymously reviewed by two peers. Reviews will be due the following day 26 Oct 12. The final full proposal will be due on 13 Dec 12. * NOTE: dates subject to change
  • 5. Basic information on CIAM 6117Paper discussions• Students will work in groups to lead a scientific paper discussion.• A sign up sheet will be provided, along with a complete list of titles. Papers are in Adobe pdf file format and will be available on Blackboard and/or email.
  • 6. Basic information on CIAM 6117Paper discussionsIntroduction 1. What was the objective of the study? 2. Does the title precisely state the subject of the paper? 3. Does the statement of purpose match that in the introduction? 4. Does all information lead directly to the purpose of the study?
  • 7. Basic information on CIAM 6117Paper discussionsMethods 5. Are the methods valid for studying this problem? 6. Could the study be duplicated from the information given? 7. Is the sample selection adequate? Is the experimental design appropriate? 8. Does all information belong in the methods? Can the methods be subdivided for greater clarity?
  • 8. Basic information on CIAM 6117Paper discussionsResults 9. Does the title or legend accurately describe content? Are column headings and labels accurate? Are the data organized for ready comparison and interpretation? 10. Review the results as presented in the text while referring to data in the tables and illustrations. Does the text complement, and not simply repeat, data? Are there discrepancies in results between text and tables? 11. Check all calculations and presentation of data. 12. Review the results in the light of the stated objective. Does the study reveal what the researcher intended?
  • 9. Basic information on CIAM 6117Paper discussionsDiscussion 13. Does the discussion merely repeat the results? Does the interpretation arise logically from the data, or is too far- fetched? Have shortcomings of the research been addressed? 14. Is the interpretation at odds or in line with other researchers’ thinking? 15. Consider the published research on this topic. Have all key studies been considered? 16. Has the author suggested further work?
  • 10. Basic information on CIAM 6117Paper discussionsOverview 17. Are the topic and format appropriate for that journal? 18. Reread the abstract. Does it accurately summarize the article? 19. Is all material organized under the appropriate heading? Are sections subdivided logically into subsections or paragraphs? 20. Reflect on the author’s thinking and writing style. Does the author present this research logically and clearly?
  • 11. Basic information on CIAM 6117Writing assignments – in groups of 2• Full Outline• Pre-proposal Proof-read all work before you turn it in!• Critical review (individual)• Full ProposalWe will use the Sea Grant Proposal Guidelines for content with an example of a successful proposal (courtesy of Dr. Paul Bayman, Dept. of Biology)
  • 12. Basic information on CIAM 6117Writing assignments Academic Integrity• The lack of integrity and academic and scientific fraud include plagiarism, falsification, false attribution, copying on tests and all violations of the canons and practices of honesty generally accepted by the academic community.• Disciplinary procedures can include reprimand, probation, suspension of privileges such as participation in certain activities and programs, and permanent expulsion from the university.• No form of fraud will be tolerated. Catálogo de Estudios Graduados, Decanato de Estudios Graduados e Investigación y el Reglamento de Estudiantes, UPRRP
  • 13. OUTLINESPrimary reasons for creating an outline:• Aids in the process of writing• Helps you organize your ideas• Presents your material in a logical form• Shows the relationships among ideas in your writing• Constructs an ordered overview of your writing• Defines boundaries and groups From the OWL at Purdue
  • 14. OUTLINESHow do I create an outline?• Determine the purpose of your writing assignment• Determine the audience you are writing for• Develop the thesis of your paper From the OWL at Purdue
  • 15. OUTLINESThen:• Brainstorm: List all the ideas that you want to include in your paper.• Organize: Group related ideas together.• Order: Arrange material in subsections from general to specific or from abstract to concrete.• Label: Create main and sub headings. From the OWL at Purdue
  • 16. OUTLINESTypes of Outlines:• Alphanumeric – Roman Numerals – Capitalized Letters – Arabic Numerals – Lowercase Letters From the OWL at Purdue
  • 17. OUTLINES The College Application ProcessExamples: I. Choose Desired Colleges A. Visit and evaluate college campuses B. Visit and evaluate college websites 1. look for interesting classes 2. note important statistics a. student/faculty ratio b. retention rate II. Prepare Application A. Write Personal Statement 1. Choose interesting topic a. describe an influential person in your life (1) favorite high school teacher (2) grandparent 2. Include important personal details a. volunteer work b. participation in varsity sports B. Revise personal statement From the OWL at Purdue
  • 18. OUTLINESExamples: I. Man-made pollution is the primary cause of global warming. A. Greenhouse gas emissions are widely identified by the scientific community to be harmful. 1. The burning of coal and fossil fuels are the primary releasers of hazardous greenhouse gases. 1.0 Choose Desired College 1.1 Visit and evaluate college campuses 1.2 Visit and evaluate college websites 1.2.1 Look for interesting classes 1.2.2 Note important statistics From the OWL at Purdue
  • 19. OUTLINESAssignment:Gopen GD and JA Swan. 1990. The science of scientific writing. American Scientist 78: 550-558 – Two pages MAXIMUM for Thursday (30 Aug 12)