Biology 101 GS01
Choose a topic and write a brief (4-5 pages in formal essay format) to review some scientific articles that relate to a topic we covered in the human biology curriculum of Biology 101 *note the topic must be about human biology – if you want to choose a a research topic that involves research outside of humans – you must relate it to human biology in some sense.
This must include references to scientifically sound sources (peer reviewed journal articles), and these references must be cited in the correct scientific format.
*no data base links and
* web page must also be referenced correctly
Below are some examples of topics that have been used in previous years:
Topic 1: “Study yields new hope in war against superbugs”
Topic 2 : “ Keeping fit can yield huge benefits to your brain”
Topic 3: “Breast Cancer survival predicted by new Canadian Tool”
Your analysis should include a summary of the hypotheses of the experiments, the results and discussion of the results and most importantly – your opinion of the study. Why did you find it interesting and what did you learn about the topic.
Use the knowledge that you have gained in this class to convey the information in a way a scientist would understand.
- At least 3 scientific journal article references (other resources can be used to support your ideas) that convey different conclusions related to your topic. (2 marks)
- A brief but well thought out description of the experiments and the results and conclusions (4 marks)
- Your personal opinion about what the results mean, and why you chose to research this topic. (2 marks)
- References are correctly formatted ( both the embedded references in the text, and the full reference in the Bibliography)(2 marks)
Total = 10 marks
Chapter 1 in your textbook (pgs 5-10) give you information related to how science is done and how to think critically to evaluate scientific claims. Incorporate this material into your assignment and convince me that the information you are conveying is scientifically sound and comes from a peer reviewed source. A database that will allow you to access these articles is
Your paper must be referenced in a scientifically accepted format (MLA or APA) – for example: look at the format of the references included in the papers you have chosen or in the index of your textbook.