Written Assignment 1: Trace the Scientific Method in a Primary Research Scientific Article
Addresses course outcomes 1 – 4
-recognize and explain how the scientific method is used to solve problems
Before attempting this assignment, you might want to revisit the Scientific Method Tutorial in the Science Learning Center under the Course Content area.
While living on the former US Naval Air Station Keflavik in Iceland in 2002 (and teaching for (university)), I began ecology experiments on growing trees in the barren landscape in collaboration with Iceland Forest Research. Results of these experiments were published in a paper by Riege & Sigurgeirsson in the Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research in 2009. I believe this paper serves well for your general biology assignment to trace and critique the scientific method in a primary research article.
Please do not worry that I take offense at any criticism of the article. When these manuscripts are first submitted to journals, the reviewers rake the authors over the coals and usually require major revisions before the journal will accept the article for publication. So scientists have thick skin about heavy criticism the good news is that the critique and revision makes the final product much stronger.
Please read and study the original paper, assigned in Week 3, then submit a 2 page review of the article that answers the following questions:
For ONE of the experiments in Riege & Sigurgeirsson –
Additional Requirements for Written Assignment 1 – The report should be submitted to the Assignment Folder as an attached MS Word document. Use size 12 font.