Objective: Organize your thoughts and the main points of your research for your final presentation
Assignment Instructions: To help you complete Assignment 3: The Presentation, you will first submit an outline to organize your thoughts and main points. Your outline should be formatted a specific way and must contain the following elements as described below.
To prepare for this assignment, I recommend that you do the following:
Read these directions carefully.
Review the sample outline provided to you below.
Message me with any questions!
Be sure to add your name and course number to your outline.
The outline format: Your outline must be formatted as described and exemplified in the example attached. Please note that this format will be assessed in your grade:
Use an alphanumeric sequence
Sections should be indented and aligned
Follow the suggested order of the required elements
Use brief but detailed and descriptive phrases.
The required elements: Depending on the type of molecule/substance you have chosen you will address different sets of questions. Please see the category that responds to your selection. Your outline should contain the following elements in this order, and please note that some of these should be your personal observations. Also remember that your presentation (Assignment #3) should only be 10-15 slides, so you need to be concise and clear with your information.
The common and IUPAC name of your molecule/substance. Please see this link to help with scientific names if needed: IUPAC Nomenclature Of Organic Chemistry.
Where you can observe your molecule/substance in society and/or in nature.
A brief discussion on why you chose your molecule/substance.
If possible, a picture and/or video of you safely observing your molecule/substance in the field. If you cannot safely observe it, please include a couple of images from the internet.
You must include a physical description. You can use your personal observations from photographs. If you cannot safely observe your molecule/substance, you must research.
Physical Characteristics (appearance, texture, color, odor, melting point, boiling point, density, solubility, polarity, etc.)
Chemical description: You will need to research the chemical properties of your compound/molecule)
Chemical Characteristics (stability in air or other environment, flammability, volatility, etc)
a. Describe the initial discovery of your molecule. Who discovered the molecule, when, how, etc? Some compounds are part of a larger substance/plant. If this is the case, describe the isolation of your specific compound. The isolation refers to the initial time your molecule/substance was discovered from its raw materials, or isolated from its natural resources. Please see here for some hints on chemical isolation.
Usage and Benefit or Harm to Society
Where has your molecule/substance been used. Is it used regularly or is has it only been used on occasion? If your compound is one we ingest when eating, include information on foods it’s commonly found in.
Write about the Benefit or Harm to Society Caused by your molecule/substance. Many compounds can be used as bioweapons or have both positive and negative impacts. Other compounds have had benefits as medicines or have caused harm as illicit narcotics. All of these are good ideas to start out thinking about, so I’d like you to discuss these impacts on society, the future, and in any way you can think they may be beneficial or harmful.
This section should contain four to six points that sum up the main points from the body of the outline.
Start your conclusive section with one sentence summarizing some basic information about your chosen molecule/substance (common and IUPAC name and physical characteristics).
Continue with a brief summary (1-2 sentences) about the isolation and synthesis of the molecule/substance.
Include a brief summary (1-2 sentences) about the structure and function of your chosen molecule/substance.
Wrap up the conclusive section with a closing note that provides brief information about a unique fact and/or behavior of your chosen.
The Reference Section
This is not just the reference page; rather, referencing should occur throughout the outline as it will in your presentation. Therefore, your outline should include both a separate reference page containing a minimum of five sources listed in proper APA reference list format AND internal citations throughout the outline where appropriate. Please be sure to see the resources below for assistance regarding in-text citations and reference list formatting, and/or ask me if you have any additional questions.
Please make note of the following tips and tricks:
I understand that this is a rough draft and, as your research and writing continue over the next few weeks, details may be added or changed. Although you do not have to resubmit it to me, I recommend that you update this outline to help you best complete Assignments 3.
Write your outline so that it has detailed bullets that you can easily then flesh out into sentences for the narration of your presentation (Assignment 3).
After your outline is complete, I recommend that you next draft your introductory and conclusion sections for your outline. This will ensure that all the main points of the outline are incorporated in these two framing sections of your final presentation.
Please note that less than 10% of your outline or presentation (Assignment 3) should contain direct quotes.
All internal citation references should be listed on the reference page, and vice versa.