Index to resources for the writing assignments
There are 4 writing assignments for this course. Each of the assignments uses the "Calibrated Peer Review" system. You will write your paper and submit it online. After the due date (24 hrs after), you will review and grade 3 papers that the instructor has prepared and graded, according to a carefully prepared scoresheet. You will then review and score 3 of your peers' papers, according to the same scoresheet. After this, you will review and score your own paper. Your grade for the assignment will be a weighted combination of how close you came to the preset calibration paper scores, the scores your peers assigned your papers, and how close the score you assigned your own paper came to that of your peers. Some of the papers will also be checked by the Prof and TA's, and if the score you assigned a peer paper deviates significantly from that assigned by the teachers, your assignment grade will be affected.
Note: this system has been used successfully in hundreds of courses. It has been shown to increase student learning significantly. Practicing scientists review each others' papers and research proposals and learn a great deal from the process. The "CPR" system is tailored to show you how to review a paper, then give you exposure to others' ideas.
Disagree with your score? Contact your TA and/or the professor. At your request, your paper will be reviewed and the score may be adjusted higher, or lower.
The requirements for your papers are discussed in "Anatomy of a Science Paper," It is vital that you read it carefully. It focuses on the plate tectonics paper and use of data from the class CDROM, but the principles will generally apply to all of the assignments.