Final Project Guidelines
The final project gives students an opportunity to delve deeper into a topic covered in class or to explore another topic related to Environmental Studies. The purpose of the project is to become better informed on a particular topic and to effectively communicate your findings by two methods - a classroom presentation and a web page or written paper (1500 words). Many projects will likely address a specific environmental concern. These projects should convey what the concern is, what is causing the concern, and what policy or solutions should address this concern.
The final project consists of a 10 minute in-class PowerPoint presentation (20 points) and a web page or paper (80 points). The in-class presentations will take place on the final two class meetings. The web page and paper are due on the last day of finals. Groups of 1-4 are allowed.
Requirements for the final project:
1. Web page should contain information equivalent to a 5 page paper
2. Presentation should summarize main points of the paper or web page (see further guidelines below)
3. A bibliography citing a minimum of 5 references is required (references can be from any source - however, recent journal articles and books are preferred over web sites which are preferred over newspapers and popular magazines. Use your judgment about web pages - some are reputable while others are not)
4. In-text citations do not have to be made in the text of the web page, but should be made in the paper.
5. Web page must contain some of the following: images, figures, charts, maps
6. Web page must be posted on each person's Gustavus web space.
Assessment of Web Pages: Web pages will be graded mainly on content, but also on style, organization and visual appeal. The content should go beyond what was covered in class. The depth of the content and quality of sources will important factors. If you choose to write a paper, the style requirements are the same as your first paper.
View the following links for guidance on the final project
List of Potential Topics
Guidelines for giving an effective presentation