biology 169

biology 169

Module 1 Discussion Board

Background information
biology 169
biology 169

Publications where scientists explain their research and findings are called journal articles. These articles include information on the research topic (what is currently known and the question the scientist is trying answer), the research methodology, and any results, which are used to answer the question. In the article, this information is organized into the following sections:
• Title: short statement that describes the question being answered
• Abstract: summary of the article
• Introduction: introduces the article and contains current information on what is known about the topic, which will lead to further explanation of the researcher’s question
• Methods: how the study was performed
• Results: data from the study – usually includes tables and graphs
• Discussion/Conclusion: interprets the results relating to the original question
• References: list of literary sources used in the article

Part 1: Initial post (60 points)
Your initial post (also called a response) will contain four parts which are explained below. Please be sure to number each part in your post.

1) Go to the website “Science in the Classroom” and pull up the annotated article “You are what you eat…at least, your brain is”: in new window). For this assignment, you will focus only on the ABSTRACT.

• On the left side of the website, you will see a gray box titled “learning lens.” Click on the yellow box beside “glossary” (a check will appear). This will highlight specific terms in yellow. List and define the terms that are highlighted in the abstract only (there are 7 total).

2) After reading, summarize the abstract using your own words. If you need any help with this, feel free to contact me. There is no word limit for this part.

3) List one thing that you found difficult to understand (or are still having difficulty understanding…this is ok! There are times when even scientists struggle with reading parts of an article.) Explain why you found this difficult (i.e. was it terminology, are some of the topics unfamiliar, etc?).

4) Create a citation for the article (be sure to use the information in the “paper details” section of the website – the annotated article title isn’t the original title). Feel free to use either MLA or APA format. If you need a refresher on how to create a citation, please visit the following websites:

• APA formatting: (opens in new window)
• MLA formatting: (opens in new window)
• FTCC Library: (opens in new window)

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