Forest Biology and Dendrology Grading
Writing is going to be a major part of what you do during your careers. One of the best ways to become a better writer is to practice. During your careers you will be asked to provide brief reports on a wide variety of topics. For this assignment, you are to choose a topic which addresses the broad area of tree biology. The specific topic you choose may deal with an aspect of pathology, entomology, urban forestry, ecology, genetics, physiology, or silviculture, but must relate to trees.
Attached are two articles from the Journal of Forestry; follow their format for literature citations. Web sites may be used if they are from a credible source.
Your term paper organization can be whatever you want. Be sure your headings and subheadings make a contribution to your presentation, and include a separate title page. Please just staple your pages together. There is no need to use a binder.
Your paper can be no more than four typed (double-spaced) pages. You must have a minimum of three pages (exclusive of literature citations and title page).
a. Technical depth and accuracy.
b. Literature cited (scientific journal articles will be preferred over "popular" and lay-book references). Five technical references are expected.
c. General readability and audience suitability.
Assume you are writing
an article for a publication that is read by an audience composed of
well-educated lay professionals, woodlot owners and landowners, and
professional foresters (including industrial, non-industrial, and urban
As a preliminary exercise, you should prepare a topic prospectus. This should be in the form of an outline. This will help you focus on a specific thesis and force you to organize your paper. A good prospectus will set the boundaries of discussion, allowing you to do a credible job in the space limitations of the assignment. Major topic headings in your outline will likely be the major headings in your paper.
Prospectus due: TBA
Final paper due: Wednesday, November 6, in class
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