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ssignment Instructions: Ecology is the interaction of a living organism with the biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) factors in the environment. Using your knowledge about the organism you chose, observe the organism and document in multimedia formats its ecology. Document how your organism lives, works (gains energy), and generally interacts with the environment. Potential methods of documentation include photography, video, and audio recording. The presentation will be submitted as a weblink that you have created either from building a Prezi presentation or a screencast of a slide presentation. Instructions for creating and uploading your presentation can be found at the following links: Prezi Creation and Uploading Instructions and Screencast Creation and Uploading Instructions. Each type of organism has a very specific ecology. Here are details based on general groups of organisms (i.e., microorganism, plant/ fungi, animal) of what should be documented in your multimedia presentation. You should attempt to collect as much original media (photos, videos) on your organism as possible and then supplement with resources found on the web. A. Presentation Details: Microorganism 1. Organism Introduction- What are the common and scientific names of the organism? Where specifically was the organism observed (e.g., country, city, state, park, body of water)? Why did you choose this organism? If possible and preferably, include a picture of yourself in the field where you safely studied your organism. 2. Energy Ecology- How does the organism obtain its energy? For this observation, you will document specific aspects of energy ecology. Some examples would be the type(s) of food, the amount of food, and the temporal pattern of feeding. 3. Reproductive Ecology- How does the organism reproduce? For this observation, you will document specific aspects of reproductive ecology. 4. Habitat- How does the organism live? For this observation, document the type of habitat(s) it is found in. 5. Response to Environment- Does the organism respond to physical factors such as light, substrate texture or density? B. Presentation Details: Plantae/ Fungi 1. Organism Introduction- What are the common and scientific names of the organism? Where specifically was the organism observed (e.g., country, city, state, park, body of water)? Why did you choose this organism? If possible and preferably, include a picture of yourself in the field where you safely studied your organism. 2. Energy Ecology- How does the plant obtain and store its energy? For this observation, you will document specific aspects of energy ecology. Some examples would be how light energy is harvested (e.g., leaves, needles, body mass). 3. Reproductive Ecology- How does the organism reproduce? What are specific reproductive structures? For this observation, you will document specific aspects of reproductive ecology and reproductive structures. 4. Habitat- How does the organism live? For this observation, document the type of habitat(s) it is found in. 5. Biotic Interactions- Do other biotic organisms use the plant or fungus for food, shelter, or protection? C. Presentation Details: Animalia 1. Organism Introduction- What are the common and scientific names of the organism? Where specifically was the organism observed (e.g., country, city, state, park, body of water)? Why did you choose this organism? If possible and preferably, include a picture of yourself in the field where you safely studied your organism. 2. Foraging Ecology- How does the animal obtain its food? For this observation, you will document specific aspects of feeding ecology. Some examples would be the type(s) of food, the amount of food, the temporal pattern of feeding, and specific handling or processing of food items by the organism (e.g., a squirrel manipulating an acorn). 3. Reproductive Ecology- How does the organism reproduce? For this observation, you will document specific aspects of reproductive ecology. Some examples include categories such as reproductive strategies (e.g., release of gametes by a fish; hermaphroditic reproduction in earthworms; copulation in bonobos); mate choice, mating displays, mate competition, and mating systems. 4. Habitat- How does the organism live? For this observation, document the type of habitat(s) it is found in. Document any types of shelter or bedding area such as nests, burrows, beds, etc. 5. Other Behaviors- What are other behaviors the organism exhibits? For this observation, you will document other forms behavior. Some examples would be light sensitivity, tactile sensitivity, parental care, group formation, kin helpers, defense, territoriality, and cooperation. Your presentation should be presented in one of the acceptable program formats (Prezi or Screencast) and contain 10-20 elements if using Prezi or 10-20 slides (max 15 minutes) using Screencast. Again, the presentation should contain a visual component to include videos and/or photos as well as a narrative component in the form of audio or written narration. The mandatory programs assigned allow for you to develop such presentations. Here are some additional resources to assist you in the construction of your multimedia presentation: · Presentation Tips and Guidelines · APA – In-Text Citations: The Basics · APA – Reference List: Basic Rules · Citing Images in APA Style · Citing Images in APA Style _________________________________________________________________________________ Evaluation/Grading of this Assignment: Points are allocated as follows (Total of 100 points): A. Subject Knowledge and Content – (50 points possible). Subject knowledge should be evident throughout the project. Information presented should be clear, thorough, appropriate, and correct, and, depending on the type of organism chosen (e.g., plant, animal, fungi), the topics covered in your presentation should include but not be limited to the following criteria listed in detail in above: 1. Organism Introduction 2. Energy Ecology or Foraging Ecology 3. Reproductive Ecology 4. Habitat 5. Response to Environment, Biotic Interactions, or Other Behaviors B. Layout and Organization – (25 points possible). The layout should be visually pleasing and appropriate in order to convey information in an effective manner with suitable use of fonts – color, size, type for text and headings; background color; placement & size of graphics/videos; and audio/written narration. All slides/elements should follow a logical sequence in the presentation. C. Narration Mechanics – (10 points possible). The text should be written and/or audio narration spoken with no errors in grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling where applicable. D. Citations – (10 points possible). All sources (photos, videos, and narration) are credible and properly cited where applicable and listed at the end of the presentation. Just like the Organism Profile, your presentation should be created in your own words with your own photos and videos. If utilizing any additional outside sources (e.g., photos, videos, research) in your presentation you are required to cite your sources where necessary. See the “Citation, Credit and Plagiarism” section in the SCIN130 Course Project Guide for details. E. Technical – (5 points possible). The presentation should run smoothly with no technical problems. For example, there should be no error messages and all sound, video, or other files should be accessible. For a detailed list of rubrics for the multimedia presentation, please refer to the SCIN130 Presentation Grade Sheet. The Presentation will contribute 9 points, or 9%, toward the final grade which is based on 100 total possible points.

ssignment Instructions: Ecology is the interaction of a living organism with the biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) factors in the environment. Using your knowledge about the organism you chose, observe the organism and document in multimedia formats its ecology. Document how your organism lives, works (gains energy), and generally interacts with the environment.  Potential methods of documentation include photography, video, and audio recording.

The presentation will be submitted as a weblink that you have created either from building a Prezi presentation  or a screencast of a slide presentation.  Instructions for creating and uploading your presentation can be found at the following links: Prezi Creation and Uploading Instructions and Screencast Creation and Uploading Instructions.

Each type of organism has a very specific ecology. Here are details based on general groups of organisms (i.e., microorganism, plant/ fungi, animal) of what should be documented in your multimedia presentation. You should attempt to collect as much original media (photos, videos) on your organism as possible and then supplement with resources found on the web.

A.   Presentation Details: Microorganism
1.   Organism Introduction– What are the common and scientific names of the organism? Where specifically was the organism observed (e.g., country, city, state, park, body of water)? Why did you choose this organism? If possible and preferably, include a picture of yourself in the field where you safely studied your organism.
2.   Energy Ecology– How does the organism obtain its energy? For this observation, you will document specific aspects of energy ecology. Some examples would be the type(s) of food, the amount of food, and the temporal pattern of feeding.
3.   Reproductive Ecology– How does the organism reproduce? For this observation, you will document specific aspects of reproductive ecology.
4.   Habitat– How does the organism live? For this observation, document the type of habitat(s) it is found in.
5.   Response to Environment– Does the organism respond to physical factors such as light, substrate texture or density?
B.   Presentation Details: Plantae/ Fungi
1.   Organism Introduction– What are the common and scientific names of the organism? Where specifically was the organism observed (e.g., country, city, state, park, body of water)? Why did you choose this organism? If possible and preferably, include a picture of yourself in the field where you safely studied your organism.
2.   Energy Ecology– How does the plant obtain and store its energy? For this observation, you will document specific aspects of energy ecology. Some examples would be how light energy is harvested (e.g., leaves, needles, body mass).
3.   Reproductive Ecology– How does the organism reproduce? What are specific reproductive structures? For this observation, you will document specific aspects of reproductive ecology and reproductive structures.
4.   Habitat– How does the organism live? For this observation, document the type of habitat(s) it is found in.
5.   Biotic Interactions– Do other biotic organisms use the plant or fungus for food, shelter, or protection?
C.   Presentation Details: Animalia
1.   Organism Introduction– What are the common and scientific names of the organism? Where specifically was the organism observed (e.g., country, city, state, park, body of water)? Why did you choose this organism? If possible and preferably, include a picture of yourself in the field where you safely studied your organism.
2.   Foraging Ecology– How does the animal obtain its food? For this observation, you will document specific aspects of feeding ecology. Some examples would be the type(s) of food, the amount of food, the temporal pattern of feeding, and specific handling or processing of food items by the organism (e.g., a squirrel manipulating an acorn).
3.   Reproductive Ecology– How does the organism reproduce? For this observation, you will document specific aspects of reproductive ecology. Some examples include categories such as reproductive strategies (e.g., release of gametes by a fish; hermaphroditic reproduction in earthworms; copulation in bonobos); mate choice, mating displays, mate competition, and mating systems.
4.   Habitat– How does the organism live? For this observation, document the type of habitat(s) it is found in. Document any types of shelter or bedding area such as nests, burrows, beds, etc.
5.   Other Behaviors– What are other behaviors the organism exhibits? For this observation, you will document other forms behavior. Some examples would be light sensitivity, tactile sensitivity, parental care, group formation, kin helpers, defense, territoriality, and cooperation.

Your presentation should be presented in one of the acceptable program formats (Prezi or Screencast) and contain 10-20 elements if using Prezi or 10-20 slides (max 15 minutes) using Screencast. Again, the presentation should contain a visual component to include videos and/or photos as well as a narrative component in the form of audio or written narration. The mandatory programs assigned allow for you to develop such presentations.

Here are some additional resources to assist you in the construction of your multimedia presentation:

·         Citing Images in APA Style
·         Citing Images in APA Style

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Evaluation/Grading of this Assignment:  Points are allocated as follows (Total of 100 points):

A.  Subject Knowledge and Content – (50 points possible).  Subject knowledge should be evident throughout the project. Information presented should be clear, thorough, appropriate, and correct, and, depending on the type of organism chosen (e.g., plant, animal, fungi), the topics covered in your presentation should include but not be limited to the following criteria listed in detail in above:
1.   Organism Introduction
2.   Energy Ecology or Foraging Ecology
3.   Reproductive Ecology
4.   Habitat
5.   Response to Environment, Biotic Interactions, or Other Behaviors
B.  Layout and Organization – (25 points possible). The layout should be visually pleasing and appropriate in order to convey information in an effective manner with suitable use of fonts – color, size, type for text and headings; background color; placement & size of graphics/videos; and audio/written narration.   All slides/elements should follow a logical sequence in the presentation.
C.  Narration Mechanics – (10 points possible). The text should be written and/or audio narration spoken with no errors in grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling where applicable.
D.  Citations – (10 points possible).   All sources (photos, videos, and narration) are credible and properly cited where applicable and listed at the end of the presentation. Just like the Organism Profile, your presentation should be created in your own words with your own photos and videos. If utilizing any additional outside sources (e.g., photos, videos, research) in your presentation you are required to cite your sources where necessary. See the “Citation, Credit and Plagiarism” section in the SCIN130 Course Project Guide for details.
E.  Technical – (5 points possible). The presentation should run smoothly with no technical problems. For example, there should be no error messages and all sound, video, or other files should be accessible.

For a detailed list of rubrics for the multimedia presentation, please refer to the SCIN130 Presentation Grade Sheet.

The Presentation will contribute 9 points, or 9%, toward the final grade which is based on 100 total possible points.

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