Global Climate Change -Spring 2004

Final Project Reports

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Remember: Look at the outline below for details on the specifics to be included in your "final report." Make sure it is complete!

Final Report Format

Each "Final Report" should be a minimum of 15 pages long, plus references, research time-line, data sheets, appendices, etc. Each project will consist of a web posting and archival powerpoint presentation to be placed in your data folders. This is it folks!!

Title (with all authors)

IMPT: An Executive Summary/Abstract of Your Proposal (half page) should be placed before your introductory paragraph in the Introduction

1. Introduction

  1. Purpose/Problem. What is/are your specific hypothesis(es)?
  2. What do you plan to accomplish?
  3. Relevance, if any. How does your research connect with other aspects of our Climate Change Course?

2. Relevance of your research question

    --Literature Review--What have others done? Place your work in the context of the literature. This section should be quite extensive! This BACKGROUND SYNTHESIS will serve as the foundation for your work! All strong proposals provide a SOLID BACKGROUND of knowledge that dovetails and supports your research effort.
    --a minimum of 12 Library/Journal references. Be sure to include a brief explanation as to why you selected each source.
    --a minimum of 5 website references that are pertinent to your study. Make sure the URLs are "Hot" links in your proposal posting (see instructions below). Also, be sure to include a brief explanation as to why you selected these specific websites.
  1. How does your research relate to a larger question?

3. Materials and Methods

All research projects must include the analysis and interpetation of data. You may use your own data, or, you may use data generated by others. While this may seem awkward at first because you may not be generating the data yourself, the data can easily be compiled from the work of others. What, you might ask!!! Isn't that plagerism? This practice is very common in science when looking at research questions from a different perspective. All one needs to do is credit the original source (s) of the data and take it from there! Use whatever data you find to address your own research question(s).
  1. What is your research design? Is it statistically sound? Explain your design fully.
  2. Describe important materials and how they will be used.
  3. Describe other methods.
  4. Have you included your final Data Sheet? Make a "Hot Link" to you data sheets.

4. Results

  1. Observations
  2. Include Tables (numerical data) and figures (graphs, drawings, etc.) when appropriate. Embed your graphs in the body of your report using your html formatting skills.

5. Discussion & Conclusions Strut your stuff here! Relax and have fun!

  1. Interpret your results, explaining why you got the results you did.
  2. Think beyond the project. What additional questions do you have?
  3. What suggestions do you have for further investigation?

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