Microbial Disease PowerPoint Project Spring 2018
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1. Choose a microbial disease from the MOODLE forum and find information from peer-reviewed publications about the disease you chose. Your textbook is a peer-reviewed source. You should plan to have AT LEAST six peer reviewed references. The more sources you have the better and EASIER the assignment will be. These references should be cited appropriately within the presentation and at the end of the PowerPoint using APA format –(DO NOT USE the MLA format!). Websites may be used, dot edu and dot gov are always acceptable, but NO DOT COM unless you ask Mr. Wheeler.
2. When citing material on the slides, the information should by cited by author and year at the end of the phrase where information from that source was presented. Information should be paraphrased in your own words, “NOT QUOTED,” but you are giving the author of the work you consulted credit for using information from his work.
3. Images should be numbered in the order they are used. On the image reference slide list the websites where you got the images from. If I go to the website listed I want to be able to see that image there. Do not put a link that is google images, put the actual URL for that image.
4. Prepare a PowerPoint presentation of at least 20 slides. The title slide will count as one of the twenty, reference slides do not count. Graphics should be used as appropriate; images must be cited as well. You must have at least one table, chart or graph. The more pictures, graphs, tables etc., the better. There should be no complete sentences in your slides, just post talking points and data summaries; you should not be reading your speech from your slides. You must cover the following topics: basic background on the microbe, background on the disease, modes of transmission, disease prevalence, diagnostic methods, treatment, prognosis, and current research being done on the particular disease.
5. There is no maximum slide number. However, your focus should be on thoroughly addressing the issues outlined above, not worrying about length. Be thorough, yet concise.
6. The PowerPoint will be graded for content as well as spelling, grammar and other standard conventions of written communication. Please remember that all text should be in your words, not directly copied from any research article or website. Plagiarism is a serious offense that will result in a ZERO (0) for the presentation.
7. The very last slide for the PowerPoint should be a slide containing 2 or 3 short answer, fill in the blank, or multiple choice questions for other students to answer that address the fundamental issues of your topic. This question slide needs to be after the reference slides.
8. After completion, upload your presentation to the link in MOODLE before the class period you have been assigned.
WHEN CITING AT END OF PRESENTATION IN THE LITERATURE CITED SECTION:
FOR A JOURNAL ARTICLE:
Author. Year. Article Title. Journal Title and Volume Number: Page Number.
Greenwald, G.S. 1956. The reproductive cycle of the field mouse, Microtus califoricus. Journal of Mammalogy 37: 213-222.
FOR A BOOK:
Author. Year. Book title. Publisher, Place of Publication.
Smith, R.L. 1980. Ecology and field biology. Harper and Row, New York.
References are alphabetized by last name of the first auther of the citation.
See http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/ for tips on citing websites etc…
Conducting your Research
The first place to start is the website http://journals.asm.org. The Journal of Clinical Microbiology or Infection and Immunity are your best bet. The more specific you can make your search terms the more success you will have.
You should also plan to use NC Live to locate peer-reviewed references. Refereed/peer-reviewed references are those that have been reviewed by an expert in the field in which the article was written. For example, in each of the references you will examine in NC Live, they have been reviewed by a microbiologist who is considered an expert in specific areas.
NC Live is a collection of databases available through the SPCC library that possess peer-reviewed references as well as non-peer-reviewed references. Use the following link to request a password so you may access NC Live from home.
How do I make sure the reference is peer reviewed if I use NCLIVE?
When you are searching the NC Live databases, there is a screen that looks like the one below. There are arrows in the screen shot below to show you where to enter your search term and where to click the boxes for full text, peer-reviewed journals.