|Cricket Courtship and Territorial Behavior (Acheta domesticus)
Writing Assignment - Due Friday, February 9, 2007
TITLE OF STUDY:
In the title of your paper, be certain to include the dependent variable, independent variable, and organism studied. In general, your title can be "The effect of independent variable(s) on dependent variable(s) in organism." The independent variable is the experimental variable that you have manipulated. The dependent variable is the measurement response. Be certain to always use the scientific name when referencing an organism.
For the introduction, provide general background on the topic studied, including previous studies. Start with a broad introduction, narrowing down to your study. Provide some information on the study system. Provide the specific hypothesis or hypotheses that you were testing, as well as the predictions for your experiments based on your hypothesis.
Describe the experimental set up. Do not include a list of "materials." Provide a diagram only where necessary. Describe your response variables and how they were measured. Describe how data will be analyzed and/or presented.
Provide a literature cited list in APA format. Only include those references that you directly cite in the paper. Never include internet sources. You must have at least two references from the primary literature.
Use 12-point Times New Roman font with double spacing and 1” margins. Place your name and date at the top left hand side of the page. Center the title of your report, using bold sentence-case text. To separate each section (Introduction, Methods, etc.), use left-justified all caps bold text. Staple your paper together. Then, attach the two primary literature papers to your assignment, using a paperclip. (Each separate journal paper should be stapled together.) Assignments without copies of the papers will not be accepted.
A grading sheet that will be used is attached. Please also refer to your “Communicating in Ecology” handout for information. Contact Dr. Cipollini if you have any additional questions.
CRICKET LAB REPORT
BREAKDOWN OF MISTAKES BY SECTION POINTS
_____ Independent Variable ____ Dependent Variable ____ Organism (Latin name)
_____ Concise and well-written /4
_____ Sufficient and Relevant Background _____ Concise & Succinct
_____ Purpose of Experiment
_____ Provides both broad and narrow background
_____ Provides information on study system
_____ Hypotheses correctly and adequately stated
_____ Predictions correctly and adequately stated
_____ Statement of the null hypothesis /12
_____ Independent Variable(s) _____ Dependent Variable(s) _____ Control(s)
_____ Method of collecting data/analyzing the data
_____ Concise & Succinct - No excess information
_____ Adequate description of experimental design
_____ Written in past tense consistently
_ _____ Written in active or passive tense consistently /8
_____ Cite all sources
_____ Proper APA format
_____ No internet sources
_____ Appropriate use of 2 primary literature sources /6
GRAMMAR/SPELLING and ORGANIZATION
_____ Sentences well constructed and logical
_____ Spelling and grammar
_____ “Data” is plural
_____ Scientific name underlined or italicized
_____ Genus name capitalized and species name in lower case /5
TOTAL SCORE /35