Student_assignment_examples The following are examples of student assignments, both simple examples and more indepth instructions. Scroll down the page to read all examples of select one of the following:




Science blog assignment examples

Science blog example 1

(suitable for undergraduate – incl 1st year- science students)

Aim: to work in groups to communicate, through a blog, with fellow scientists on a particular science topic
Steps:
· In groups of 5, design a blog about a particular area of science.
· Tell your lecturer your URL and the students involved in your blog.
· Your blog must be updated 3 times per week for 10 weeks for a total of 30 entries.
· You must also comment at least once per week on other blog entries in your blog.
Assessment:
· You will be assessing your blog colleagues input into your project.
· The lecturer/tutors will be examining each blog and the commitment by each student.
· The assessment is worth 5% of final mark for the course.
Tips:
· Suggested topics – those that are currently in the news; a new area of science investigation; a controversial area of science.
· Plan your entries according to availability of students, your knowledge and don’t be afraid to disagree


Science blog example 2:

The following blogging assignment is courtesy of Joan Leach, University of Queensland and involves a more in-depth blogging assignment:




Science podcast assignment examples

First year chemistry podcast assignment
  • Students work in groups to produce a 3-minute audio presentation about a concept from their first-year science lab class — in Chemistry, for example, it might be “oxidation-reduction” or “acids and bases”.
  • The assessment is worth 5% of their final mark for the course.
  • Students are instructed to focus on telling a good story: set the scene, concentrate on beginning-middle-end, give examples and provide strong opening and conclusion.
  • They submit their podcasts to the class space on their university discussion board (e.g. WebCT), and each student gives feedback on five other podcasts through an online quiz.
  • Group work is assessed by lecturer or tutors, as well as by members of group through peer and self assessment.
  • Podcasts deemed the best can be made available on the university’s public website.
  • Sample student handout.
In this example, the activity contributes a small but significant amount to their final mark. There is no provision for re-working the podcast based on feedback, but students are expected to engage in critically evaluating their own and others’ work. Criteria are clearly defined and the assessment process is very transparent.

For further reading on this assignment:


Science video assignment examples

Video example 1: a video assignment created by Prof Lloyd Davis, University of Otago, NZ and marking crteria



Video example 2: The documents below are from a student video documentary assignment at the University of Queensland,1st year biology course Biodiversity and Our Environment (500-600 students) run by Dr Lousie Kutchel and coordinator Dr Robbie Wilson.




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N.B. resources for this project are extensive and developed over several years. (Many multimedia assignments start with very simple instructions.) Specific questions about this assignment should be addressed to the people listed in the documents.




Science web/wiki assignment examples


World-wide day in science
World-wide day in science - a global career guide for students by students & scientists
Read How to become involved.
Advanced science/mathematics assignment
Aims:
(i) to learn about someone in the professional world who is using their university training. Insights that they offer should help to clarify student career choices.
(ii) to see how learning in course work is used in day-to-day life in the science or maths arena.
(iii) to relay insights both to classmates and to high school students who are wondering what to study at university and what careers to aim for.
Steps:
- Student interviews a scientific/mathematics professional in person, preferably at their place of work.
- Evidence of interview is provided by a permission to publish form, filled out by the scientist.
- Draft a 500 to 750 word story for submission to Calibrated Peer Review (CPR).
- Incorporate feedback from CPR to improve the piece, then shorten it to 250 words, and submit it to the World-Wide Day in Science website.
Assessment:
Of the 20% credit for this assignment, 15% is for the interview and submission through to completion of the Calibrated Peer Review (CPR) assignment; 5% is for revising and reducing that story and submitting it online to the World-Wide Day in Science website as well as for submitting the ‘permission to publish’ form.

For more information on this project, please read the documents below.



If work is to be published, students should obtain permission from the scientist involved. Here is the publishing permission form:.



Science writing assignment examples


Improving students communication abilities

Thanks to Lesley Lluka of the University of Queensland, here are some assignments that help improve the communication skills of students: