Friday, December 08, 2006

Format for Final Report on Integrated Science Research

To begin with, even in formal papers the is no one set of standard way for writing. Writing Scientific papers has evolved over time and currently new conventions are being established. For your Integrated Science writing, we certainly do not expect you to write these kind of scientific papers. Instead the conventions written in here will be for the sake of making a uniform format for all the research papers that will be passed. What you learn here is this: When you later write real scientific papers, you must closely follow the rules that journals require – and they vary from one to the other. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_journal

The Format for your report:

ü Font face: Arial Font size: 11pt Paragraph spacing: 1.5 lines

ü No font will be larger than 11pt.

ü You can decide for the heading type of your report, but do not exceed 11pt font size. You may choose to format it among or the combination of the following: All Caps, Bold, Italics, Underlined.

ü No other color for fonts but black.

ü First line indent at 0.5 inches (this is the default tab stop for most typing editors)

The Structure of the report:

v Title page — This is the front page of your report. All Entries here are centered. It contains these lines:

Title

A High School Investigative Research

Presented to

Majal Abe B. Mirasol

Philippine Science High SchoolWestern Visayas

Jaro, Iloilo City

In Partial Fulfillment

of the Requirements for the Subject of

Integrated Science

Your Name(s)

January 2007

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v Part I Introduction — This is the introduction to your study. You give a little background on what your study is all about. You will place here what you’ve learned from you readings. It will contain this important aspect:

Ø Objectives and Significance of the study — state clearly why you studied this particular subject and why you feel that it is important to do so.

Ø Why Interested? — You state here why this particular topic interests you.

v Part II Methods — Here is where you will show the detailed procedure that you followed during the study. Included herein are your independent, dependent, and controlled variables. You may include drawings.

v Part III Results — Here is where you will consolidate your data into tables. Did you remember the raw data that you passed? This time you will show only the average value of data that belong to a single set or group of trials. Example, if you have three plants in box A, you will not show the, say, height of all three, but will report their average height. Try to make your tables clean and easy to read. Label all the tables well, that means that you have to make Title and a short explanation about the table before putting that table on the page. It is really good to have some graphs showing your data. Do this if you are able

v Part IV Analysis — This is the difficult part, and this is the one I’ll focus on when giving you your grades for this paper. Try to explain what happened, why you data looked like that. And make sure to have a very nice explanation. You will be questioned by the judges, your classmates, and me regarding these explanations. It take a lot of research in order to have a nice reason for what really happened. This is good for you. You will start to know how to find out information on your own and will learn a lot of new things in the process.

That’s it. This is how your paper will look like when you arrive back here on Jan 8, 2007. if you find doing this a little difficult, ask for help from someone, BUT never make that someone do everything while you just sit down and relax. You will miss the real purpose of why this is done in the first place: for YOU to learn Scientific Writing — something that you will do in the near future. So enjoy while you learn.

I'll give you the chance to see my thesis. Hope you learn something from it. Here's the link. (Link removed Feb. 23, 2010.)

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