Dr. Michael Lufaso
Office Hours: Bldg/office - 50/2716
Lecture: 2:00-2:50 pm, Bldg/lecture room - 50/1404
Syllabus Spring 2009
Lecture 1 - Senior Seminar Overview, Manuscript and Presentation Requirements
Lecture 2 - Scientific Literature, Information, Sources, Evaluation of Information
Lecture 3 - Scientific Writing
Lecture 4 - Scientific Communication
Senior Seminar Final Presentations will be held on Friday between 2-3:30 pm in 50/1102. Presentations start March 6 and end April 17, 2009. Attendance is required. Meeting at the Final Exam time is scheduled for Wednesday 1:00-2:50 pm April 22, 2009.
Draft presentation and manuscript - due February 27 by 2 pm. Students are responsible for ensuring the files are received.
Final Manuscript is due on Friday April 17 by 2 pm.
One hard paper copy of the manuscript must be turned by the deadline. By the same deadline, an electronic copy of the presentation and manuscript must also be submitted. The student is responsible for ensuring the electronic files are submitted and received on time by either e-mail or flash drive. It is recommended that the student request and obtain verification that the files have been received. Unacceptable reasons for a late submission include, but are not limited to: flash drive/hard drive/computer failure, file corruption, lost or misdirected e-mail, incorrect file(s) sent, internet/www/e-mail outage, illness, or weather. Early submissions are accepted and suggested. The penalty for late submission is listed in the syllabus.
-The paper will be 15 pages long including text, figures, graphs, tables, equations, and references
-The paper should contain the following components - title, authors name and address, ~100 word abstract, introduction, background, current research, future directions, summary, bibliography
-The text should have a line spacing of 1 1/2
-The paper must contain a minimum of two figures (of which one must be a graph)
-The paper must contain a minimum of one table
-The paper must contain a minimum of one equation (either mathematical or chemical)
-The paper must contain a minimum of 15 references (minimum of 10 from primary literature)
Literature and Databases
References and Databases (Lufaso)
ACS Style Guide 3rd edition with a sample chapter 1 - writing a scientific paper
American Scientist - The Science of Scientific Writing
Whiteside's Group: Writing a Paper Advanced Materials, 2004, 16, 1375-1377.
Chicago Manual of Style
The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
Scribner Handbook for Writers by DiYanno and Hoy
Reference Managing Software
All academic work submitted by students, written or otherwise, is expected to be the result of their own independent thought and research. In situations where students are unsure about a question of plagiarism involving their work, they should consult their professor on the matter before submission of the assigment or report. In cases where students submit work professing to be their own, but uses the ideas, organization, wording or anything else from another source without the appropriate acknowledgment, then the student(s) is/are guilty of plagiarism. For example, plagiarism includes reproducing someone else's work, whether it be portions of a published article, chapter of a book, an assignment from a friend, or information contained in a solutions manual. Plagiarism may also be considered to include the practice of another person altering or revising the work, which a student later submits as his/her own. Students may discuss assignments among themselves or with a professor or tutor, but when the actual work to be submitted is done, it must be completely solely by the student. In cases where a a student's report or assignment involves research in outside sources or information, the student must carefully acknowledge exactly what, where and how he/she has utliized the sources or information. If the wording of another is used, quotation marks must be placed around the passage in question and an appropriate indication of its original source be added. The process of only making simple changes while leaving the content and organization intact is an indication of plagiarism.