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Course Project: Getting Started. Wildlife 448 Fall 2010. Be Succinct. Be direct . . . to the point . . . without “fluff” Keep it simple (sentences, tables, etc.) Keep overall length to minimum Rules 1. Never tell me anything I don’t need to know

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Course project getting started

Course Project:Getting Started

Wildlife 448 Fall 2010


Be succinct
Be Succinct

  • Be direct . . . to the point . . . without “fluff”

  • Keep it simple (sentences, tables, etc.)

  • Keep overall length to minimum

  • Rules

    1. Never tell me anything I don’t need to know

    2. Never fail to tell me anything I need to know....

    . . . to repeat the study

    . . . to understand the study/results

    3. Never tell me something more than once (except maybe in discussion for emphasis)


Guidelines
Guidelines

  • Follow JWM or NAJFM guidelines (see website)

  • Write in first person, past tense (active voice)

  • Maintain similar order/headings throughout each section

  • List topic sentences for each paragraph to maintain flow and avoid repetition


Detailed outline
Detailed Outline

  • Title and author(s)

  • Abstract

    • Only include header as part of outline (write after completing manuscript)

  • Introduction

    • Identify knowledge gaps (i.e., identify problem)

    • Review current knowledge base (i.e., literature)

    • State goal (primary question) and objectives

  • Study Area

    • Where was research conducted?

    • List of pertinent quantitative and qualitative metrics

    • Study area map (if relevant)

  • Methods

    • Data collection methods

    • Data analysis methods


Detailed outline continued
Detailed Outline (continued)

  • Results

    • Potential figures and tables

    • Anticipated sample sizes

    • Possible outcomes

  • Discussion

    • Anticipated conclusions

    • Note studies that might be used for comparison

    • Likely management implications

    • Suggestions for future research

  • Literature Cited

    • Maintain as outline and manuscript are developed

    • Follow formatting guidelines


Problem set
Problem Set

Next week, turn in a complete and detailed outline for your class project manuscript including….

  • Title and author(s). (1 point)

  • All section (abstract, intro, study area, methods, etc.) and subsection (your own) headings. (2 points)

  • At least 2 topic sentences or sentence fragments under each section or subsection heading. Think of these as items to be addressed in each section/subsection. (6 points)

  • Introductory paragraph that includes a problem statement. (6 points)

  • Goal or primary question to be addressed. (1 point)

  • Data description and/or data source information for methods section. (1 point)

  • Literature cited—minimum of 3 references that will likely be used. (3 points)

    NOTE: The only complete paragraph and sentences that you are required to write for this assignment is the introductory paragraph containing a problem statement (item 3, above). Literature cited should be in JWM or NAJFM format. All other material may be sentence fragments in traditional outline or bulleted formats.

    NOTE: If you turn in more than the minimum required information (as listed above), please highlight the portions identified above to be sure that you get credit for all of them.


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