C371 Chemical Informatics I Paper or Project Report Guidelines

Updated: 10 November 2004

The paper or project counts as 30 percent of your grade in C371. Consequently, you should devote a substantial amount of time to it. Let's assume that you should be spending 3 hours outside of class each week preparing for a one-hour class. Then, in a 15-week semester, you should spend approximately 45 hours on C371 readings, problem sets, discussion forums, and the paper/project. So you should count on spending about 15 hours on your paper or project.

Both those who choose to write a paper and those who do projects must submit a final write-up of your work no later than noon on Thursday, December 16. Prior to that, you must give an update to the class (10 minutes maximum for each person) on your progress to date. Since the Bloomington students are scheduled first, they may not be as close to completion of their papers/projects as will be the IUPUI students. It is not necessary to prepare a PowerPoint slide presentation for your in-class report, but you are encouraged to do so if you wish.

In the final project report or paper, include as many of the following items/topics as are appropriate.

  1. Introduction
    1. Introduction to the subject
    2. Importance of the subject
  2. Background
    1. History and related research
    2. Current practice or understanding
    3. Project research question, if applicable
  3. Methods
    1. Materials used
      1. Hardware
      2. Software
      3. Other equipment
    2. Procedures
      1. Design
      2. Implementation
    3. Analysis
      1. Method of project evaluation
      2. Method of results analysis, if applicable
  4. Outcomes

Your write-up should contain a narrative of the work performed, a table of contents, abstract, footnotes or in-line references, and a bibliography. The write-up must be edited for grammar and format using a consistent standard, such as The ACS Style Guide. Papers should be at least ten pages long, excluding the title page, table of contents, abstract, and bibliography.

For the projects, be sure to cover:

1. Problem Statement
Summarize in your own words what the project was designed to accomplish.

2. Approach to the Problem
What resources did you use in attempting to solve the problem or do the work (books, articles, help files associated with programs, software, etc.)?

3. Progress to Date (or Conclusions)
Indicate how far you got in solving the problem or accomplishing the work. What remains to be done on the project? What was your impression of the tools that you used?

4. Conclusions
What applications do you see for use in chemistry? How can you personally apply what you learned in future coursework or employment situations?

Copyright 2004
Gary Wiggins