CHEM 4500 Reviewing of The Scientific Literature Assignment
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CHEM 4500 Reviewing of The Scientific Literature Assignment
Writing Assignment Guidelines
Students are tasked with writing a 3-4-page review of the scientific literature relevant to previously chosen proteins. The theme of the assignment will center on a question that students would like to answer related to their chosen protein. An example question might be: “How does the structure of protein A contribute to substrate recognition and downstream function?” To address this question, students might next turn to the Protein Data Bank to obtain the atomic resolution structure and obtain supporting literature from the Pubmed, SciFinder Scholar, or Google Scholar databases.
The general format of this document will include specified sections that diverge from those expected for a standard research paper. Sections should be organized to include an introduction, question/goal, discussion of existing literature, and conclusion. References should be included, but style guidelines will not be enforced. As such, please feel free to use the American Chemical Society, APA, etc. style guidelines most convenient. The contents of each section should address the following:
- Introduction (25 points): The introduction section will present the broader context for your selected protein. While students have flexibility here, the general context in which your selected protein functions should be provided. For many proteins, this will be a brief description of the biological setting where the protein functions (bacteria, human liver, human digestive tract, archaea, etc.). However, some cases may involve proteins that have been engineered for industrial use. In the case of an engineered protein, please describe what the environment for intended use is as well as the application. In other cases, it would be sufficient to focus on the role that a protein plays in a particular metabolic pathway and the relationship between that pathway and human/organismal health. The introduction should prepare the reader to generally understand the context underlying the environment that the protein normally lives in.
- Question/Goal (25 Points): The Question/Goal section represents a section wherein the student should identify a central question or goal that is currently not addressed by a singular published research paper. It is common to find specific questions or goals addressed in the scientific literature across multiple research papers rather than in a single publication. This may be due to the magnitude of the question. That is to say, the question may be sufficiently large that it must be broken down into parts that must each be addressed via individual research projects. In such scenarios, the larger research question would ultimately be addressed from a broad perspective involving a larger body of work. In addition to this, issues of data reproducibility may also be addressed through such an approach.
- Discussion (25 Points): The discussion section will represent the majority of the assignment. The purpose of the discussion section will be to: 1) Present relevant literature reports; 2) discuss those findings in the context of the broader body of research such that a coherent narrative emerges. Both of these aims should be directed at addressing your original question or stated goal of the document. Please take care to not plagiarize the existing literature. As such, it will be important to try to understand the literature results and how they have been interpreted. This contrasts with simple regurgitation of statements made in the literature. Please feel free to structure the Discussion section to include subsections that improve readability.
- Conclusion (25 Points): The conclusion section should be utilized to summarize all major points that have contributed to the answer to the central theme or question. This section is generally brief with lengths of no more than 2-3 paragraphs.
Multiple resources exist that should be utilized to facilitate procurement of scientific literature, structural data, etc. Examples include:
Protein Data Bank (https://www.rcsb.org/)
NCBI Pubmed (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/)
Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.com/)
Rough Draft Due: 11/19/2021
Final Draft Due: 12/6/2021
Key Points to Address
Examples of general concepts that should be addressed, if possible, are listed below. Please be aware that these points are likely going to be addressed across the introduction and discussion sections. Additionally, this topic list should not be considered exhaustive.
- Protein structural description (if available)
- Protein function
- Underlying context for protein function
- Protein identity and general classification (family membership)
- Factors that influence enzyme function
- Factors important for substrate recognition
QUALITY OF RESPONSE NO RESPONSE POOR / UNSATISFACTORY SATISFACTORY GOOD EXCELLENT Content (worth a maximum of 50% of the total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 20 points out of 50: The essay illustrates poor understanding of the relevant material by failing to address or incorrectly addressing the relevant content; failing to identify or inaccurately explaining/defining key concepts/ideas; ignoring or incorrectly explaining key points/claims and the reasoning behind them; and/or incorrectly or inappropriately using terminology; and elements of the response are lacking. 30 points out of 50: The essay illustrates a rudimentary understanding of the relevant material by mentioning but not full explaining the relevant content; identifying some of the key concepts/ideas though failing to fully or accurately explain many of them; using terminology, though sometimes inaccurately or inappropriately; and/or incorporating some key claims/points but failing to explain the reasoning behind them or doing so inaccurately. Elements of the required response may also be lacking. 40 points out of 50: The essay illustrates solid understanding of the relevant material by correctly addressing most of the relevant content; identifying and explaining most of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology; explaining the reasoning behind most of the key points/claims; and/or where necessary or useful, substantiating some points with accurate examples. The answer is complete. 50 points: The essay illustrates exemplary understanding of the relevant material by thoroughly and correctly addressing the relevant content; identifying and explaining all of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology explaining the reasoning behind key points/claims and substantiating, as necessary/useful, points with several accurate and illuminating examples. No aspects of the required answer are missing. Use of Sources (worth a maximum of 20% of the total points). Zero points: Student failed to include citations and/or references. Or the student failed to submit a final paper. 5 out 20 points: Sources are seldom cited to support statements and/or format of citations are not recognizable as APA 6th Edition format. There are major errors in the formation of the references and citations. And/or there is a major reliance on highly questionable. The Student fails to provide an adequate synthesis of research collected for the paper. 10 out 20 points: References to scholarly sources are occasionally given; many statements seem unsubstantiated. Frequent errors in APA 6th Edition format, leaving the reader confused about the source of the information. There are significant errors of the formation in the references and citations. And/or there is a significant use of highly questionable sources. 15 out 20 points: Credible Scholarly sources are used effectively support claims and are, for the most part, clear and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition is used with only a few minor errors. There are minor errors in reference and/or citations. And/or there is some use of questionable sources. 20 points: Credible scholarly sources are used to give compelling evidence to support claims and are clearly and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition format is used accurately and consistently. The student uses above the maximum required references in the development of the assignment. Grammar (worth maximum of 20% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 5 points out of 20: The paper does not communicate ideas/points clearly due to inappropriate use of terminology and vague language; thoughts and sentences are disjointed or incomprehensible; organization lacking; and/or numerous grammatical, spelling/punctuation errors 10 points out 20: The paper is often unclear and difficult to follow due to some inappropriate terminology and/or vague language; ideas may be fragmented, wandering and/or repetitive; poor organization; and/or some grammatical, spelling, punctuation errors 15 points out of 20: The paper is mostly clear as a result of appropriate use of terminology and minimal vagueness; no tangents and no repetition; fairly good organization; almost perfect grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage. 20 points: The paper is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read as a result of appropriate and precise use of terminology; total coherence of thoughts and presentation and logical organization; and the essay is error free. Structure of the Paper (worth 10% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 3 points out of 10: Student needs to develop better formatting skills. The paper omits significant structural elements required for and APA 6th edition paper. Formatting of the paper has major flaws. The paper does not conform to APA 6th edition requirements whatsoever. 5 points out of 10: Appearance of final paper demonstrates the student’s limited ability to format the paper. There are significant errors in formatting and/or the total omission of major components of an APA 6th edition paper. They can include the omission of the cover page, abstract, and page numbers. Additionally the page has major formatting issues with spacing or paragraph formation. Font size might not conform to size requirements. The student also significantly writes too large or too short of and paper 7 points out of 10: Research paper presents an above-average use of formatting skills. The paper has slight errors within the paper. This can include small errors or omissions with the cover page, abstract, page number, and headers. There could be also slight formatting issues with the document spacing or the font Additionally the paper might slightly exceed or undershoot the specific number of required written pages for the assignment. 10 points: Student provides a high-caliber, formatted paper. This includes an APA 6th edition cover page, abstract, page number, headers and is double spaced in 12’ Times Roman Font. Additionally, the paper conforms to the specific number of required written pages and neither goes over or under the specified length of the paper.
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