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Categories of projects:  Examples of types of projects accepted

  1. (Option 1) Pick a primary article with some quantitative biology techniques and reproduce their results.
  2. (Option 2) Same as Option 1, but reproduce and extend their results.
  3. (Option 3) Formulate a biological hypothesis in the area of your choosing, and develop/analyse a model to test this hypothesis.
  4. (Option 4) Develop a model(s) in a biological area and validate the model with existing data.
  5. (Option 5) Develop an interactive software/model that illustrates a biological topic to be used in an educational context.
  6. (Option 6) Pick a primary article with some quantitative biology techniques and write a report describing and explaining the quantitative techniques to other students in the class.  In other words, your audience should be students from this course.

Group structure:

1-3 people per group.

Expectations and Rubric:

The project will be graded with the following rubric:

Presentation during final exam 10%
Biological question and context clearly stated? 20%
Project clearly defined and fit into biological context? 15%

Project results (both negative and positive) stated in a clear narrative and addressed to the right audience (fellow classmates)?

40%
Project conclusion wraps up clearly the work done and mentions possible next steps? 15%

If your project results in a paper only, it must be a minimum of 2-pages, single-spaced.  Figures can of course be used, but make sure they have captions and are part of the narrative (not just filler).

Extra-credit products:  Examples of possible extra-credit products produced (if you don't see your approach here, please email me)

  1. R-Markdown journal or Jupyter notebook.
  2. Model in possible multiple formats to be uploaded as a Model resource on QUBES.
  3. Software or teaching module developed and deployed on QUBES (open-source, if possible).

If you produce one of the above 3 products, you will receive extra credit (an additional 0.5 points on your final grade).  If you choose to create an R-Markdown journal or Jupyter notebook, there must be some relevant computation and or data analysis in the notebook.  In other words, just putting a text-only narrative into a journal or notebook does not count for extra credit.

Presentation Rubric:

Presentations will follow the Pecha Kucha style and take place during our final exam period, which is December 6, 2-5 pm, in our usual classroom (ISC 1280).  In our version, you will use exactly 15 slides, where each slide displays for exactly 20 seconds, giving you a total of 5 minutes for you presentation.  Since the due date for your project is December 11 at 11:59 pm, your presentation does not need to contain complete project results.  Your presentation will be graded using the following rubric:

Biological question and context clearly stated? 20%
Project clearly defined and fit into biological context? 20%

Project results (both negative and positive) and/or planned steps stated in a clear narrative and addressed to the right audience (fellow classmates)?

40%
Project conclusion wraps up clearly the work done and mentions possible next steps? 20%

You must use Prezi and paste the link to your presentation into the following google sheet.