Week 11, Chapter 8 -- Freelance Writer
Your textbook explains how DNA fingerprinting was used in the case of the Romanov family to identify the dead and determine who was related to whom. DNA fingerprinting can also be used to (1) establish parentage, (2) exonerate the innocent, (3) identify the dead, or (4) convict a criminal. Choose ONE of those four applications.
Here are some websites that might help you get ideas. You do not have to use these; there are many more on the internet.
Exonerating the innocent:
Identify the dead:
Convict a criminal:
Imagine you are a struggling filmmaker trying to make it big in Hollywood. You've just stumbled across some information on the uses of DNA fingerprinting and are intrigued. The wheels start spinning in your head as you generate a movie plot for the next big blockbuster film of the century based on DNA fingerprinting!
Describe in detail the plot of your new movie idea based on the specific use of DNA fingerprinting that you selected (for more on this, see the information on the Freelance Writer assignment in the Types of Assignments page). Cut and paste your completed installment and post it to the appropriate forum at D2L. Some specific criteria to consider:
Note that the instructor will grade these, using the rubric at the bottom of this page.
View sample Freelance Writer assignment.
Part 2: Respond to the Freelance Writer posts of at least two other students. (If you are the first or second person to post, you will have to check back later to complete this part of the assignment).
After you have responded to two other students, go to Desire2Learn and complete the Gradebook Declaration for this week's Freelance Writer assignment. (Your Gradebook Declaration is subject to the Honor Code.)
Here is the text of the Desire2Learn Gradebook Declaration:
(2 points) I have responded constructively to the posts of at least two other students (1 point per response; 50-100 words for each).
Grading Rubric for Week 11, Chapter 8 Freelance Writer assignment:
I will use the following rubric to grade your Freelance Writer assignments. Notice that the rubric does not heavily reward creativity; I am much more interested in looking for evidence that you understand the concepts that you have chosen to explore in your episode. In fact, you won't receive full credit for this assignment - no matter how realistic your installment - if you don't provide evidence that you really understand this week's biological concepts. In addition, although you can choose your installment and theme for this assignment, keep in mind that some themes might be offensive to other students. Be careful that your installment couldn't be construed as hostile toward people of a particular race, nationality, sexual orientation or religion.
|Application||You mentioned at least one of the four specific applications for DNA fingerprinting = 0.5 point||You did not mention a specific application for DNA fingerprinting = 0 points|
|Story development||You built your installment around DNA fingerprinting = 1 point||DNA fingerprinting was a significant part of the installment, but it was not the focus = 0.5 point||You barely mentioned DNA fingerprinting in your installment = 0 points|
|Key term #1||You used and correctly applied a key term from the chapter = 1 point||You used but did not apply (or incorrectly applied) a key term from the chapter = 0.5 point||You did not use a key term from the chapter = 0 points|
|Key term #2||You used and correctly applied a key term from the chapter = 1 point||You used but did not apply (or incorrectly applied) a key term from the chapter = 0.5 point||You did not use a key term from the chapter = 0 points|
|Key term #3||You used and correctly applied a key term from the chapter = 1 point||You used but did not apply (or incorrectly applied) a key term from the chapter = 0.5 point||You did not use a key term from the chapter = 0 points|
|Content||Your installment focused on the chapter's content = 1 point||That chapter was part of your installment but not the main focus = 0.5 point||Your installment did not focus on the chapter's content = 0 points|
|Completeness||All content from the chapter that was necessary to complete the installment was included = 1 point||One essential concept from the chapter was missing = 0.5 point||More than one essential concept from the chapter was missing = 0 points|
|Accuracy||All content and concepts were explained correctly = 1.5 point||You made one mistake explaining content or concepts = 1 point||You made more than one mistake explaining content or concepts = 0.5 - 0 points|
Please note that points will be deducted as follows if you fail to meet the "mechanical" requirements of the assignment: