DSL 301 Written Paper Assignment



Your final preparation assignment is to submit your paper outline via Canvas. There is a template posted to Canvas that should help you format your outline and give you an idea what I am looking for. Review the paper content criteria, checklist, and rubric for the paper while writing your outline. Remember, the quality of feedback you receive will be dependent on how much work you put into your outline. If you provide a list of vague phrases, I may not able to provide you much direction. However, if you provide complete thoughts, I will be able to provide more complete comments. 

TOPIC CHOICE Sports Injuries 

You will be describing how an area of active natural science research impacts or could impact your daily life. Keep in mind, you can even write about your career or dream career, as long as natural science is applied to your topic. Under the umbrella term of natural science, you may choose a topic in any field (including biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, geology, medicine, environmental science, etc.). Social scientific research is not acceptable for this assignment. 


Remember you will be choosing at least five sources for your paper. You must find five articles within the reputable news that detail a scientific experiment(s) related to your topic. These must be five unique studies; do not pick five news articles that describe the same research study. The articles must be at least 200 words long and must have been published in the last three years. Alternatively, sources for this assignment may include primary peer-reviewed scholarly journals, reputable online newspapers, or reputable online magazines. Below is a list of potential sources (however, you are not restricted to using these websites): 

• o ScienceDaily: http://www.sciencedaily.com/ 

• o NPR Science News: http://www.npr.org/sections/science/ 

• o The New York Times Science Section: http://www.nytimes.com/pages/science/index.html 

• o National Geographic Daily News: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/?source=hp_news_header 

• o Scientific American News: http://www.scientificamerican.com/section.cfm?id=news 

• o The Scientist: http://www.the-scientist.com/ 

• o Discovery News: http://news.discovery.com/ 

• o Live Science: http://www.livescience.com/ 

• o Science News: http://news.sciencemag.org/ 

• o Nature News: http://www.nature.com/news/ 

Unacceptable sources for this assignment include personal websites, blogs, and wikis. 

Avoid articles that do not describe a scientific study. For example, articles that describe a scientific career, describe the mission of a scientific organization, articles about new technology, breaking news about an event (such as a natural disaster or awarding of scientific prizes) related to science or technology, or articles that detail a list of scientific discoveries do not meet the requirements for the paper. 


You should begin your paper by introducing the topic at hand. Here, you may want to discuss how this topic relates to your personal life. You should also include any introductory information, such important definitions. You may also decide to describe previous studies, observations, or controversies that surround your topic. Be sure to cite any of these supplemental, reputable sources in your paper. In each of your body paragraphs, you will then explain how your five scientific studies relate to this topic. You may even decide to discuss how the scientific method (problem/observation, hypothesis, experiment, results, conclusion) was applied. You will conclude by discussing what the research has shown in relation to your topic, what questions were raised by their research, and the future work that could be done. Be detailed in this final section of your paper.

The paper should be double-spaced, have one-inch margins, use standard professional font type, and use standard professional font size. Please include your name and include a title to your paper. It should also be written with stylistically correct grammar and punctuation. 

In addition, your paper will be 2400-2900 words (10-12 pages, not including reference or title pages) in length. You need to ensure that you are providing enough detail for your audience so they understand, for example, the background for your paper topic. Papers that are too short do not provide enough detail for your readers to understand your studies, so you will likely need to do additional research (remember to cite these sources!) to properly describe it. However, do not pad your paper length by rambling about tangential topics, keep it relevant to the requirements for this assignment. 

All sources for this assignment should be reputable and should be properly documented. Be sure to reference all sources of information using APA style (http://lynn-library.libguides.com/apa) both in-text with parenthetical citations and with a reference page. Remember, though you are largely presenting about a few sources for this assignment, you may not copy and paste text from these sources (or any other) into your paper. Do not plagiarize! Instead, digest your source material and use your own words! Make it relatable for your audience. This is part of your job as a writer. 

Submit your final paper as a word document, and title it as per the following example: paper_your last name.docx (example: paper_korte.docx). 

The essay will be graded with a modified version of the Dialogues of Learning Written Communication Rubric. Be aware that all submissions to Canvas will be run through Turnitin to check for originality. Therefore, it is expected that you may need to submit and revise multiple drafts before your final submission by the assignment deadline. The paper assignment will be submitted to the instructor using Canvas by the deadline listed in your syllabus.

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