California State University, San Bernardino

Department of Biology / College of Natural Sciences

Biology 690 – Graduate Seminar in Biology

Publication Methods in Biology

Dr. Stuart S. Sumida

Winter 2014; Time TBA

 

ENROLLMENT:  STUDENTS MUST BE ENROLLED IN THE COURSE TO PARTICIPATE IN LECTURES AND CLASS EXERCISES.  ENROLLMENT IN BIOLOGY 690 CONSTITUTES LEGAL ACCEPTANCE OF ALL THE GUIDELINES LISTED BELOW.  PLEASE READ THEM CAREFULLY.

Course Information

Instructor:  Dr. Stuart S. Sumida           

Office location:  BI-314

Telephone: 909-537-7338

Email:  ssumida@csusb.edu

Office hours: Tuesday 3:00-14:00; Thursday 3:00-5:00 

Class Days/Time: TBA

Classroom:  TBA

 

Course Description

Biology 690 in Spring 2014 will entail the submission of a manuscript for publication by all students enrolled.  They may do so single or as co-authors.  Those that do now have a project ready for submission will learn digital scanning techniques using the Departments Next Engine digital surface scanner and act as co-authors on other projects.

 

Course Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

This heading must read exactly as shown above, “Student Learning Objectives.” Please do not edit it.

Wherein by University directive we challenge student to find the actual material for the course buried in the mountains of required text and restate what we just said in the course description above using the latest buzzwords- in this case, “SLOs”.  Student Learning Outcomes are the knowledge, skills, attitudes, competencies, and habits of mind that our students are expected to acquire. 

Graduate Program SLOs have not been established but we are required to use this template so I will make them up as I go.  Because Seminar topics change from year to year, there are no standard embedded questions possible. In BIOL 622, students will be expected to:

 

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

BIOL 340 Course-specific Assessment

Biology M.S. SLO

Scientific Writing

Students will demonstrate the ability to produce a paper written in the format of a scientific journal article.

 

 

Manuscript to be submitted for publication

Biology M.S. SLO

Understanding Research Results from Examination of the Primary Literature.

Students will demonstrate the ability to determine the primary outcomes of research projects based on reading primary literature articles.

 

 

Written introduction and literature survey for manuscript will require examination of primary literature.

 

Required Reading

Written introduction and literature survey for manuscript will require examination of primary literature.

 

 

Office Hours: 

Dr. Sumida’s office hours will be held in room BI-314 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 to 13:00, and Thursdays from 16:00 to 17:30.  Additional hours will be added once the instructor’s and students’ schedules are evaluated.  Students may send questions to Dr. Sumida via e-mail at:  ssumida@csusb.edu

E-mailed questions for CSUSB courses are normally answered within 48 hours.  Answers may be to multiple students if more than one student asks a similar question via e-mail.  To facilitate speed of response, please make some kind of reference to Biology 690 in the subject line.

 

Web Resources

Please note, web resources for this course are on Dr. Sumida’s webpage, and not on Blackboard.  The class syllabus, updates on grades, and other materials will be available on the course website: http://www.stuartsumida.com/BIOL690/690-14Gateway.htm

 

Grading Policy

Grading Procedures:

Š      A:  submission of completed manuscript for publication.

Š      B:  completion of manuscript, but no submission

Š      C:  incomplete manuscript

Š      D-F:  no manuscript or figures

 

Weekly Summary of Presentations  -- Details

 

University Policies

Students are referred to the “General Regulations and Procedures" in the CSUSB Bulletin of Courses for the university’s policies on course withdrawal, cheating, and plagiarism.  Below are examples only.

 

Plagiarism and Cheating

Sample text: Students are expected to be familiar with the University’s Policy on cheating and Plagiarism. Please review this at (CSUSB Bulletin, pages 51-52). Instances of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Plagiarism (presenting the work of another as your own, or the use of another person’s ideas without giving proper credit) will result in a failing grade and sanctions by the University. For this class, all assignments are to be completed by the individual student unless otherwise specified.

 

Dropping and Adding

 

All students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drops, academic renewal, etc. found in the CSUSB Bulletin, pages 46-48).

 

Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act

Note: it is the student's responsibility to seek academic accommodations for a verified disability in a timely manner.

 

Support for Students with Disabilities

If you are in need of an accommodation for a disability in order to participate in this class, please see the instructor and contact Services to Students with Disabilities at (909) 537-5238.

If you require assistance in the event of an emergency, you are advised to establish a buddy system with a buddy and an alternate buddy in the class. Individuals with disabilities should prepare for an emergency ahead of time by instructing a classmate and the instructor.

 

Course Schedule

 

 

 

Week

Topic/Activity -

 

 

1

Class Orientation

2

Students must have manuscript topics ready

3

Topic summary and presentation to Dr. Sumida

Scanner training

4

Text and figure preparation

5

Text and figure preparation

6

Text and figure preparation

7

Draft presentation to Dr. Sumida

8

Final draft of text due to Dr.Sumida

9

Final figure editing

10

Final draft editing and figure formatting

Final

Final Manuscript submission due end of finals week.

 

 

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