Biology Assignment

Assignment 1: Biology Article
Due Week 5 and worth 120 points
Use the Internet and / or the Strayer Learning Resource Center to research aspects of biology.
Select an article from a magazine or newspaper that has something in it that pertains to biology. This will serve as the target article for this assignment. For instance, you can select an article about medicine, invasive species, nature, conservation, genetic technology, ecology, or any other topic that is related to biology. One purpose of this assignment is to help you become aware of how biology is related to your everyday life.
Write a one to three (1-3) page paper in which you:
Summarize the article in one (1) or more paragraphs, using your own words.Be sure to identify the article using an in-text citation in the body of the paper, as well as a reference in the reference section.Explain how the article relates to this course. Identify which biological concepts from the course and / or text are relevant to the topic covered in the article. Citing the course text, discuss the ways in which this course does (or doesnt) provide background information to help you understand the article and the larger issues surrounding it.Explain why the article caught your attention. Relate the article to your life and to issues that are important to you. Discuss how or if the scientific knowledge about the topic covered in the article affects you directly or indirectly.Discuss your opinion on how research on this topic should be funded. State whether you think taxpayer monies should support research on this topic or whether such research in this area should be funded by the private sector. Rate the importance of research on this topic, relative to other areas of research.In aIDition to the target article, you should use at least one aIDitional resource, such as your textbook or another article. You must have a reference section which contains an APA reference to your chosen article and all other sources. AIDitionally, you must provide in-text citations (in APA format) to your references in the body of the text. Integrate all sources into your paper using proper techniques of quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing, along with your in-text citations.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any aIDitional instructions.Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the students name, the professors name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
Use technology and information resources to research issues in biology.Write clearly and concisely about biology using proper writing mechanics.GRADING RUBRIC

Points: 120Assignment 1:Biology ArticleCriteriaUnacceptableBelow 60% FMeets Minimum Expectations60-69% DFair70-79% CProficient80-89% BExemplary90-100% A1. Summarize the article in one (1) or more paragraphs, using your own words. Be sure to identify the article using an in-text citation in the body of the paper, as well as a reference in the reference section.Weight: 20%Did not submit or incompletelysummarized the article in one (1) or more paragraphs, using your own words. Did not submit or incompletely identified the article using an in-text citation in the body of the paper, as well as a reference in the reference section.Insufficientlysummarized the article in one or more paragraphs, using your own words. Insufficiently identified the article using an in-text citation in the body of the paper, as well as a reference in the reference section.Partiallysummarized the article in one (1) or more paragraphs, using your own words. Partially identified the article using an in-text citation in the body of the paper, as well as a reference in the reference section.Satisfactorilysummarized the article in one (1) or more paragraphs, using your own words. Satisfactorily identified the article using an in-text citation in the body of the paper, as well as a reference in the reference section.Thoroughlysummarized the article in one (1) or more paragraphs, using your own words. Thoroughly identified the article using an in-text citation in the body of the paper, as well as a reference in the reference section.2. Explain how the article relates to this course. Identify which biological concepts from the course and / or text are relevant to the topic covered in the article. Citing the course text, discuss the ways in which this course does (or doesnt) provide background information to help you understand the article and the larger issues surrounding it.Weight: 20%Did not submit or incompletelyexplained how the article relates to this course.Did not submit or incompletely identified which biological concepts from the course and / or text are relevant to the topic covered in the article.Did not submit or incompletelydiscussed the ways in which this course does (or doesnt) provide background information to help you understand the article and the larger issues surrounding it.Insufficientlyexplained how the article relates to this course.Insufficiently identified which biological concepts from the course and / or text are relevant to the topic covered in the article.Insufficientlydiscussed the ways in which this course does (or doesnt) provide background information to help you understand the article and the larger issues surrounding it.Partiallyexplained how the article relates to this course.Partially identified which biological concepts from the course and / or text are relevant to the topic covered in the article.Partiallydiscussed the ways in which this course does (or doesnt) provide background information to help you understand the article and the larger issues surrounding it.Satisfactorilyexplained how the article relates to this course.Satisfactorily identified which biological concepts from the course and / or text are relevant to the topic covered in the article.Satisfactorilydiscussed the ways in which this course does (or doesnt) provide background information to help you understand the article and the larger issues surrounding it.Thoroughlyexplained how the article relates to this course.Thoroughly identified which biological concepts from the course and / or text are relevant to the topic covered in the article.Thoroughlydiscussed the ways in which this course does (or doesnt) provide background information to help you understand the article and the larger issues surrounding it.3. Explain why the article caught your attention. Relate the article to your life and to issues that are important to you. Discuss how or if the scientific knowledge about the topic covered in the article affects you directly or indirectly.Weight: 20%Did not submit or incompletelyexplained why the article caught your attention.Did not submit or incompletelyrelated the article to your life and to issues that are important to you.Did not submit or incompletely discussed how or if the scientific knowledge about the topic covered in the article affects you directly or indirectly.Insufficientlyexplained why the article caught your attention.Insufficientlyrelated the article to your life and to issues that are important to you.Insufficiently discussed how or if the scientific knowledge about the topic covered in the article affects you directly or indirectly.Partiallyexplained why the article caught your attention. Partiallyrelated the article to your life and to issues that are important to you.Partially discussed how or if the scientific knowledge about the topic covered in the article affects you directly or indirectly.Satisfactorilyexplained why the article caught your attention. Satisfactorilyrelated the article to your life and to issues that are important to you.Satisfactorily discussed how or if the scientific knowledge about the topic covered in the article affects you directly or indirectly.Thoroughlyexplained why the article caught your attention. Thoroughlyrelated the article to your life and to issues that are important to you.Thoroughly discussed how or if the scientific knowledge about the topic covered in the article affects you directly or indirectly.4. Discuss your opinion on how research on this topic should be funded. State whether you think taxpayer monies should support research on this topic or whether such research in this area should be funded by the private sector. Rate the importance of research on this topic, relative to other areas of research.Weight: 15%Did not submit or incompletelydiscussed your opinion on how research on this topic should be funded.Did not submit or incompletelystated whether you think taxpayer monies should support research on this topic or whether such research in this area should be funded by the private sector.Did not submit or incompletelyrated the importance of research on this topic, relative to other areas of research.Insufficientlydiscussed your opinion on how research on this topic should be funded.Insufficientlystated whether you think taxpayer monies should support research on this topic or whether such research in this area should be funded by the private sector.Insufficientlyrated the importance of research on this topic, relative to other areas of research.Partiallydiscussed your opinion on how research on this topic should be funded.Partiallystated whether you think taxpayer monies should support research on this topic or whether such research in this area should be funded by the private sector.Partiallyrated the importance of research on this topic, relative to other areas of research.Satisfactorilydiscussed your opinion on how research on this topic should be funded.Satisfactorilystated whether you think taxpayer monies should support research on this topic or whether such research in this area should be funded by the private sector.Satisfactorilyrated the importance of research on this topic, relative to other areas of research.Thoroughlydiscussed your opinion on how research on this topic should be funded.Thoroughlystated whether you think taxpayer monies should support research on this topic or whether such research in this area should be funded by the private sector.Thoroughlyrated the importance of research on this topic, relative to other areas of research.5. Writing / Support for ideas (5%)Never uses reasons and evidence that logically support ideas.Rarely uses reasons and evidence that logically support ideas.Partially uses reasons and evidence that logically support ideas.Mostly uses reasons and evidence that logically support ideas.Consistently uses reasons and evidence that logically support ideas.6. Writing / Grammar and mechanics(5%)Serious and persistent errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.Numerous errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.Partially free of errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.Mostly free of errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.Free of errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.7. Writing and Information Literacy / Integration of Sources(5%)Serious errors in the integration of sources, such as intentional or accidental plagiarism or failure to use in-text citations.Sources are rarely integrated using effective techniques of quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing, using in-text citations.Sources are partially integrated using effective techniques of quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing, using in-text citations.Sources are mostly integrated using effective techniques of quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing, using in-text citations.Sources are consistently integrated using effective techniques of quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing, using in-text citations.8. Information Literacy / Crediting Sources in APA (5%)Lack of citations and/or lack of reference section and/or citations dont correspond to listed references.In-text citations and references are given, but not in APA format.Partially shows correct (or approximately correct) use of in-text citations, with matching references using APA format.Mostly shows correct use of in-text citations with matching references using APA format.Consistently shows correct use of In-text citations with matching references using APA format.9. Information Literacy / Research (5%)Quantity and/or quality of sources are unacceptable.Target article and/or supporting citations are of poor quality.The target article is of good quality, but the quality of other sources cited is questionable.The target article is of good quality and any other resources are of sufficient quality.The target article selected is of good quality and any other resources used are quality.