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: OUTLINE
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 Extended
- The inital document should represent an extended outline or
- Title, formulated as a question
- Outline of structure of paper with headings and
- Abstract ( a 100-150 word summary)
- Introduction to the topic, explaining background and
- Major themes and goals for each section of the paper,
likely outcomes and commentary.
- Ideas for use of figures and tables (known or
- Plan for developmemt of the paper, targeted resources,
comments on possible choices for submission (paper, webpage, powerpoint
- Paper copies of drafts (see below) should be submitted in
class, or in my mailbox in GY129, or in the pouch on my office door
- The initial outline and rough draft is worth 5% of class
(due February 6) and will be assessed by instructors.
- The initial extended outline and rough draft is the first
of four stages
- An initial extended outline, first draft,<> complete
final draft, and final copy.>
- Electronic copies of the first draft and final copy are
required. These can be submitted as an email attachment (to firstname.lastname@example.org),
or can be placed in the drop box within the "In Touch" part of Oncourse .
Size and Format:
- The position paper should be about 2-3 pages single-spaced,
figures, tables and diagrams.
- Papers should be structured, with sub-sections and
- 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.
- 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.
- A comprehensive bibliography or citations (including
websites) should be included, and links if the format is web-based.
Basis for Grades for
- Proposed content, relevance to essay topic, and suggested
- Clarity and merit of presentation (structure, layout,
and development of subject theme.
- Suggested use of tables. diagrams and figures.
- Anticipated use of reference sources or bibliography.
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