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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)

  • 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.