What the course comprises.
Topics for discussion sessions and links to information on these
RESOURCES Access to class materials and
reference to relevant text chapters for each topic
Details of timing of position paper and on-line quizzes
A summary of course themes and learning objectives
The planned sequence of coverage for lecture topics
How learning in the course is assessed
Who to contact for more information
G302 POSITION PAPER: COMPLETE
Aim of Position Paper:
- To enable the exploration of a specific class topic in
- To enhance understanding of an important aspect of the
- To provide an opportunity to integrate material from
different course topics.
- To compose a cogent, structured discussion of the chosen
topic rooted in sound scientific arguments and principles.
Goals for Complete Draft:
- The complete draft presents
the entire paper and contains the entire text, all figures and tables,
and a comprehensive list of citations. It should include:
- Title (formulated as a question)
(100-150 word summary)
- Sections with Headings (e.g.
introduction, background, specific titles for each part of the paper -
or each slide)
- Conclusions (NOT a
summary, but statements about the significance of the paper)
- Citations to all reference sources (whether books,
websites, or papers)
- Tables and Figures
You are welcome to append comments on revisions in response to the peer
review comments, or reasons why you have NOT made such
- Electronic copies of this complete draft are required.
should be submitted as an email attachment (to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Alternatively they can be placed in a dropbox within Oncourse, but an
email message MUST
also be sent to notify me that the paper is there.
- The complete draft is worth 5% of class grade
(due April 5) and will be evaluated by the Instructors. Critical
comments from this review will be
forwarded as an email message by April 17.
- The complete draft is the third of four stages
- An extended initial outline, first draft, complete
final draft, and final copy.
Basis for Assessment of Complete
- The complete draft will be assessed by principles similar
to those described as criteria for peer review,
recast in terms of:
- Contents: realization of objectives, clarity of
introduction, lucidity of text, explanation of tables and figures, use
of reference materials, overall quality and effectiveness.
- Presentation: structure and clarity of paper, accuracy
(including grammar, spelling and typography) and fluency of text,
choice of tables and figures, accuracy of citations, overall format and
- The response to issues raised by the peer review process
will also be
examined, and the attention paid to addressing any supplementary
comments from the instructors.
Note: The comments on the complete draft may be extensive
because it is the first opportunity for the instructors to review the
paper. Thus substantial not just cosmetic changes may be needed to
revise this draft into the final version.
A Reminder about Size and
- The position paper should be about 2-3 pages single-spaced,
figures, tables and diagrams.
- All position papers should be structured, with sub-sections
- They should include:
- A brief abstract (100-150 words)
- An introduction giving appropriate background on the
- Sections with appropriate headings that address the
critical aspects of the topic, developing the presentation and its
- Conclusions that should not simply summarize the paper,
consider its broader implications.
- A comprehensive bibliography or citations (including
- Alternate options are to prepare the paper as a Powerpoint
presentation, or as a poster, or as a website. The need for
explanation and structuring
of the topic remains the same. some topics may lend themselves to this
approach, whereas others may not.
- Powerpoint presentations should include slides that
establish themes, aims, explanatory text, and conclusions.
- Posters should establish goals, include explanatory text,
and provide summary and conclusions.
- Webpages should be self-explanatory, but include active
links to other reference materials.
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