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Effects of Oil Spills on the Oceans

Effects Of Oil Spills On The Oceans


1. General instructions 

Each student should create a Wiki project that thoroughly covers the a topic that relates oceanography to the student's major.  

The student should read the examples of projects done from previous years, to get an idea of what they might choose for a project.

Each student has a Wiki space assigned to him/her.  One page of that Wiki is for the student to propose a project.  The proposal should be a few sentences long, and explain what she/he would like to investigate as a topic that relates oceanography to her/his major area of study at KU.  The project must be APPROVED by the instructor BEFORE the student begins to work on the project.  The instructor may change the topic slightly or even completely, to better fit the philosophy behind the Wiki as a final project in lieu of a final examination for this course. DEADLINE to propose a topic on the Wiki is listed on the Pace-Yourself Schedule.

 The student may add pages to the Wiki, but the student should NOT delete pages from the Wiki.  The Wiki provided is already set up with the recommended structure. The student may change the organization so along as all the information is included (proposed topic, introduction, research methods, results, discussion, summary, references). If the student changes the organization, the quality of the reorganization may be included in the grading of the Wiki.  

Each student should expect to spend 10-12 hours on the project, at a minimum.

The Wiki project is not just a written paper.  It is a project that allows you to use figures, graphs, tables, images, animations or other items as needed to explain your topic or defend your position. You can easily include links to other Wiki pages, just as a "box" in a textbook gives extra information on the side.

IMPORTANT:  DO NOT EMAIL THE DRAFT OR FINISHED PROJECT TO THE INSTRUCTORS!!  They are able to see everything that is done in the Wiki online.  Instructors will NOT accept any projects that are sent by email!!

IMPORTANT:  DO NOT CREATE A DOCUMENT THAT IS DOWNLOADED FROM THE WIKI TO A COMPUTER.  Instructors will not download any document from your Wiki.  Put ALL of the project IN THE WIKI, freely visible.  If you put a link to a downloaded document, you will get a failing grade for the final project.

 2. Project organization 

Start with information from your textbook. Add other references--make good use of the internet.  Use reliable sources, though.  (Scientific American and National Geographic are reliable sources.  Political campaign web sites are not reliable sources.)  You may use Wikipedia to broaden or deepen your understanding of a topic, but you may NOT use Wikipedia as a cited source (reference).  

Give appropriate citations in the paper, and also create a Reference List that contains only those references cited in the project.  Be consistent about reference formatting.

 Important:  You must give proper credit, or else you are plagiarizing.  Plagiarism will result in a grade of zero for the project for all group members 

The project should include the following sections.  Use these headings or similar ones.  Each section could be a separate "page", if you wish.

 Proposed topic:  Each student will propose a topic for her/his final project and describe it in a few sentences on this page, as well as provide their major (and minor, if applicable) on this page.  The topic should relate the student's major to some aspect of oceanography. The student must provide at least 3 references with the proposed topic that demonstrate that the topic they have chosen can be researched and presented. You will enter your proposal on your own wiki page, not in the comments of the instructions.

Title:  the title should give the essence of the topic and pique the interest or curiosity of the reader.

Introduction:  the introduction serves to explain the context of the body of the paper to the reader by providing historical information or reasons for investigating the topic of the paper.  The introduction also briefly explains the topic or purpose of the paper, and states the hypothesis or thesis of the paper.

Methods:  Describe the method you used to investigate this topic and come to a conclusion.  If you used methods of data analysis, you should also describe them here.  If you created something (an animation, for example), the technique you used should be given here.

Results:  What are the facts that you found?  (Do not interpret the facts here—just describe them.)

Discussion:  Interpret what you found during your research for this project.  This is probably going to be the longest section.

Summary  (or Conclusions):  Briefly summarize the topic of the paper, the facts discovered, the essence of the interpretations, and the conclusions.

Reference List:  The reference list should have at least five entries.  Your textbook should be one of the references cited.

The main purpose is to discuss pipeline oil spill and how it affects the living organisms. Please make sure to dedicate at least a third of the paper to be about the science of oceanography, and specifically how organisms are affected by the pipeline oil spill.


Title: Effects Of Oil Spills On The Oceans
Length: 6 pages (1768 Words)
Style: MLA


ransportation of oil from its source to the end users has numerous challenges that may arise. The likelihood of potential accidental spills is evident and where such issues arise, they may have long lasting effects on the terrestrial and marine ecosystems (Chang et al. 26). Deaths of marine life including the fish may arise and through bioaccumulation, the results may also affect human lives. 


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