As a culminating assessment in this
laboratory course, you will complete a final applied project that will serve as
your final assessment. There is no proctored final examination for this course.
Your final applied project will emphasize experimental design and the
scientific method. The project will be a research plan that you construct for a
specific issue related to the physical sciences. This research plan should be
about two pages in length. The final applied project is 20 percent of your
During or at the end of the last week of
the term, you will submit the research plan to the Assignments Folder for
grading. At two earlier times during the term, your instructor will interact
with you on specific parts of the project. At the end of week 3, you should
submit part 1(a) to your instructor for approval. At the end of week 5, you
should submit part 2(a) to your instructor for approval. No grades are assigned
for these earlier submissions; only the final research plan will be graded.
There are three main steps necessary for
completion of the final applied project:
1: Selection of a problem to study and an initial hypothesis.
Select an issue/problem/topic from one of
the physical sciences: physics, chemistry, earth science, or astronomy.
Propose an initial hypothesis related to
2: Review current research knowledge.
Describe how you could perform a review of
current research on the subject/issue. Identify which UMUC Library/database
sources could be useful in your research review. What criteria will you use in
the selection of review sources from the web?
Do the results of your research review lead
you to suspect that your initial hypothesis is correct, or does it suggest that
you should modify your initial hypothesis in some way? If so, restate or
revise. Are there gaps in the current research that further
research/experimentation/observation might fill and shed light on your
3: Write a research plan based on the results of parts 1 and 2 above.
Suggest a plan to test your hypothesis
(initial or revised). What data will you study? How and where will you gather
it? What equipment or resources will be needed? How much time will be needed to
gather the data? Are there any confounding issues that might affect/influence
the quality of your data? If so, discuss how might you mitigate these unwanted
effects/influences? Justify all of your statements.
Provide a list of UMUC sources that could
be used to review this issue. Include a citation of one article you read.
Provide a list of web sources that could be
used to review this issue. Discuss why these web sources would be trusted
sources of information on the issue. Include a citation of one site you
how your data would be presented (chart, graph, or table).