Assignment 2: The Outline

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 Assignment Instructions: To help you complete Assignment 3: The Presentation, you will first submit an outline to organize your thoughts and main points. Your outline should be formatted a specific way and must contain the following elements as described below (See Attachments) 

 

To prepare for this assignment, I recommend that you do the following:

  • Read these directions carefully.
  • Review the sample outline provided to you. 

 

The outline format: Your outline must be formatted as described and exemplified in the example attached. Please note that this format will be assessed in your grade:

  • Use an alphanumeric sequence
  • Sections should be indented and aligned
  • Follow the suggested order of the required elements
  • Use brief but detailed and descriptive phrases.

 The required elements: Depending on the type of molecule/substance you have chosen you will address different sets of questions. Please see the category that responds to your selection. Your outline should contain the following elements in this order, and please note that some of these should be your personal observations. 

 Introduction

  1. Molecule/substance Introduction
    1. The common and IUPAC name of your molecule/substance. Please see this link to help with scientific names if needed: IUPAC Nomenclature Of Organic Chemistry
    2. Where you can observe your molecule/substance in society and/or in nature.
    3. A brief discussion on why you chose your molecule/substance.
    4. If possible, a picture and/or video of you safely observing your molecule/substance in the field. If you cannot safely observe it, please include a couple of images from the internet.

Body

  1. Description
    1. You must include a physical description. You can use your personal observations from photographs. If you cannot safely observe your molecule/substance, you must research.
      • Physical Characteristics (appearance, texture, color, odor, melting point, boiling point, density, solubility, polarity, etc.)
    2. Chemical description: You will need to research the chemical properties of your compound/molecule)
      • Chemical Characteristics (stability in air or other environment, flammability, volatility, etc)
  2. Discovery
    1. a. Describe the initial discovery of your molecule. Who discovered the molecule, when, how, etc? Some compounds are part of a larger substance/plant. If this is the case, describe the isolation of your specific compound. The isolation refers to the initial time your molecule/substance was discovered from its raw materials, or isolated from its natural resources. Please see here for some hints on chemical isolation.
  3. Usage and Benefit or Harm to Society
    1. Where has your molecule/substance been used. Is it used regularly or is has it only been used on occasion? If your compound is one we ingest when eating, include information on foods it's commonly found in.
    2. Write about the Benefit or Harm to Society Caused by your molecule/substance. Many compounds can be used as bioweapons or have both positive and negative impacts. Other compounds have had benefits as medicines or have caused harm as illicit narcotics. All of these are good ideas to start out thinking about, so I'd like you to discuss these impacts on society, the future, and in any way you can think they may be beneficial or harmful.

Conclusion

  1. This section should contain four to six points that sum up the main points from the body of the outline.
  2. Start your conclusive section with one sentence summarizing some basic information about your chosen molecule/substance (common and IUPAC name and physical characteristics).
  3. Continue with a brief summary (1-2 sentences) about the isolation and synthesis of the molecule/substance.
  4. Include a brief summary (1-2 sentences) about the structure and function of your chosen molecule/substance.
  5. Wrap up the conclusive section with a closing note that provides brief information about a unique fact and/or behavior of your chosen.

The Reference Section

  1. This is not just the reference page; rather, referencing should occur throughout the outline as it will in your presentation. Therefore, your outline should include both a separate reference page containing a minimum of five sources listed in proper APA reference list format AND internal citations throughout the outline where appropriate. Please be sure to see the resources below for assistance regarding in-text citations and reference list formatting, and/or ask me if you have any additional questions.
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