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apu scin130 Assignment #2: Organism Profile Summary and Outline




Question;Assignment Instructions: To help prepare you for the Organism Profile which is due Week 5, you will submit a 4-6 sentence summary of what you will be covering in your paper and an outline of your organism profile. The summary should be written first, letting your professor know what you plan to cover in your Organism Profile. This is NOT a formal paper but your thoughts should be clear and your writing free of spelling/grammar errors. Once you have a summary of what you want to discuss, you should start organizing the general and specific information you want to include in your paper by creating an alphanumeric outline. You can review instructions on how to develop such an outline as well as see a sample alphanumeric outline at Your Organism Profile Summary and Outline should include, but not be limited to, the following topics:1. Introduction/background information about the species -Include common and scientific names of the organism, the area you and this species live (country, state, city, etc.), the area?s biome classification, etc.2. Life cycle of the species-Describe the life cycle of the organism you have chosen. The life cycle of an organism refers to the series of changes in both development and growth from its beginnings as an independent life form up until maturity, when it is able to reproduce. Organisms like bacteria have relatively simple life cycles, however other organisms (e.g., plants) have very complex stages to their life cycle.3. Structure and Function-Describe the structure and function of at least one major organ system of the species (e.g., digestive system, reproductive system). Choose one system and explain how this organism?s system is structured anatomically and physiologically. Identify any species-specific characteristics or adaptations that are particularly unique to this organism and explain why.4. Evolution of the organism - Evolution is simply heritable change over time. Sometimes changes from one generation to the next can give individuals an advantage. Specifically a trait that increases reproductive success or survival ability could be advantageous. Include a section in your profile paper about your organism?s evolution. Here are possible ways to research the topic: a. Conduct a review of scientific literature to understand what is known about your organism?s past evolution. Search key words may include evolution, fossil, ancestor. Often technical reports from wildlife and conservation agencies have descriptions of an organism?s evolution. b. Summarize research on any adaptive traits. Search key words include adaptation, evolution, trait, and character. c. Find an article on the family tree or phylogeny of your organism. Summarize the information describing related species. Search key words might include phylogeny, phylogenetic, and genetic analysis. d. Use theTree of Life Project to describe the phylogeny of your organism. Start at species, if possible, and trace back to the root. In addition to your summary, include any interesting patterns or unknown data. **Still have questions about how to research for the evolution section? Click here for a hypothetical example.5. Additional interests - The diversity of biological organisms is vast. Therefore, if your organism has a particularly interesting aspect about its biology that is not covered in the life cycle, structure and function, and evolution add a section to your paper on that aspect. For example, if your species has an interesting parental care strategy or mating system (i.e., protrandry/protogyny, polygymy, promiscuity, monogamy) you can include that in your paper.PLEASE NOTE that you must submit your Organism Profile and Outline as a ?Microsoft Word? document rather than a Word Pad, Works, etc. type of document, otherwise you will not receive credit for your work.Please review the university-wide policy on Plagiarism in your student handbook. All written work will be submitted to a plagiarism detection website so it is imperative that your papers are your original work in your original words. Don?t forget to utilize proper APA style in-text citations for any paraphrasing and/or direct quotes utilized in your written work. Less than 10% of your written work should contain direct quotes. Plagiarism will result in a zero for the entire assignment, as well as a formal letter to the Dean of Academic Affairs who will determine the next course of action, so make sure the work is your own.__________________________________________________________________________________Evaluation/Grading of this Assignment: Points are allocated as follows (Total of 100 points):A. Summary - (50 points possible). Your summary should state the main ideas you will discuss in the Organism Profile and be free of any spelling and grammar errors.B. Outline? (50 points possible). Your outline should be correctly formatted in an alphanumeric sequence and contain a minimum of 5 main topics of which each has more than one subdivision. Content should be ordered logically, be thorough, show clear direction, cover the main points required by the professor, and be free of spelling and grammar errors.For a detailed list of rubrics for the summary/outline, please refer to the Organism Profile Summary and Outline Grade Sheet.Here are some additional resources to assist you in the construction of your Organism Profile Summary and Outline:? Why and How to Create a Useful Outline? Four Main Components for Effective OutlinesThe Organism Profile Summary and Outline will contribute 2 points, or 2%, toward the final grade which is based on 100 total possible points.__________________________________________________________________________________Submission Instructions:Upload your Organism Profile Summary and Outline for grading by clicking on the "Add Attachment" button at the bottom of the page.The new screen will prompt you to click the "Browse" button so you can locate your Organism Profile Summary and Outline on your computer.Find the file and double click on it.Click "Continue".Double check to ensure that your document was successfully uploaded as an attachment.When you have completed this assignment, type "Completed" in the rich text editor box below and click the "Submit" button.Your assignment is automatically submitted to TurnItIn with your submission.NOTE: You should upload one MS Word document that contains BOTHyour summary and outline rather than uploading two separate documents.


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