Igneous Rocks Research Project
This activity was selected for the On the Cutting Edge Reviewed Teaching Collection
This activity has received positive reviews in a peer review process involving five review categories. The five categories included in the process are
- Scientific Accuracy
- Alignment of Learning Goals, Activities, and Assessments
- Pedagogic Effectiveness
- Robustness (usability and dependability of all components)
- Completeness of the ActivitySheet web page
For more information about the peer review process itself, please see http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/review.html.
This page first made public: Dec 20, 2012
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Description of the activity/assignment
Papers must include the following sections:
Introduction, Geologic History, Petrography, Chemical Analysis, Discussion, References, Appendix (contains copies of ALL notes, calculations, drafts and revisions)
Determining whether students have met the goals
The overall paper quality (group grade) is worth 90 points.
This grade includes quality of petrographic analyses, SEM calculations, grammar and spelling, layout, clarity, readability, critical evaluation of your data in comparison to data in the literature, proper captions and labels for your images, graphs, and figures, etc. Of this, thirty points will be based on presentation (spelling/grammar/etc. via a strict rubric), and sixty points will be based on the scientific integrity of the paper.
The quality of a student's individual input is worth 40 points. Students must include copies of all notes and calculations, as well as all the drafts and revisions of the paper. The instructor uses the provided lab notes, calculations, and edits on the drafts of the paper to evaluate how each student contributed to the effort. If students do not provide the instructor with multiple sets of drafts and revisions (i.e. they stay up in the student lab and write the paper the night before), they will receive a 0 for this part of the assignment.
Confidential Peer Evaluations (passed in separately) are normalized to a 20 point scale. Students are asked to evaluate each other's contributions (on a % scale) to the project for:
1. petrographic analysis
3. SEM and/or CL data collection and analysis
4. literature review and background research
5. overall involvement in the formulation of the group's hypothesis
6. writing, editing, and formatting of the paper
Students are not permitted to give all members equal weight on more than one contribution, as this is unrealistic in the real world.
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- Petrology Group Research Project (Acrobat (PDF) 43kB Dec20 12)