Discussion Board 2: Stranded on Puerto Golgi
There are 2 parts to this discussion. Details on what is expected in both parts is found below the prompt.
Prompt (Use your imagination!):
You are a space tourist traveling to a distant planet when a malfunction occurs on your spaceship. All will need to exit the ship within a day. You will take an emergency escape pod to one of the planets nearby.
Your friend bets you that they can accurately describe the integumentary system of the organisms on the planet you are going to stop at. Little does your friend know that you have been studying the integumentary system.
Based on your knowledge of the human integumentary system, what do you think the integumentary systems of the organisms on this planet would be like? What will you see?
Choose one planet below and using the features of the human integumentary system, consider how that system may be altered for survival in these conditions.
1. Planet Aridosol: Hot, dry, windy
Temperature range: 95-115 degrees Fahrenheit
Wind range: 50-65 mph daily
Sunlight range: 20-24 hours a day (in a 24hr day)
Precipitation range: 2 short rainy seasons 10” a year. One lake highly saline.
2. Planet Histosol: Tropical, heavy vegetation, heavy rainfall
Temperature range: 75-95 degrees Fahrenheit. High humidity
Wind: very little
Sunlight: 18 hours a day but little gets through the trees. A shady planet
Precipitation range: Heavy, 1-2” per day
3. Planet Gelisol: Cold, gusty, icy
Temperature range: -35-20 degrees Fahrenheit
Wind range: 30-45 mph, gusts up to 80mph
Sunlight range: 14 hours a day (in a 24hr day)
Precipitation range: mild, snow/ice 3-5” per month
There is no perfect answer, but here are a few things to consider:
-Layers of the skin
-Cellular activity within the layers
-Depth of certain structures
-How the integumentary system may affect other organ systems in the body
-You may want to look at the animal kingdom for some ideas
Through this 2-part discussion with your classmates, you will state your planet choice, explain how the integumentary system (the alteration you think you will see) would affect the survival of these organisms using appropriate and sufficient evidence, and then respond to your classmates posts to convince them your alterations will most likely be seen. In other words, you need to know why your description is the most advantageous. You want to win the bet! Use science to win!
Remember, no answer is one hundred percent correct so you are not saying that others are wrong, but instead why your description is more optimal based on evidence of how the integumentary system works.
Part 1: Initial Post (Worth up to 70 points)
· Length: 250-500 words
· State and explain your choice. When stating the evidence, consider the challenges that others may have to your evidence and how you could counter those respectful challenges.
· You will need to use at least 3 reputable scientific references to support your post (not including your textbook). Reputable sources= peer reviewed scientific journal articles, accredited websites, or books. Google, Wikipedia, etc. are not acceptable sources.
The paper MUST be submitted via the submission link in Blackboard and you must submit your initial post as a Word document attachment. Do not write, or copy and paste your submission directly in the discussion board forum thread. Submissions will not be accepted if turned in any other way or if it is not in the correct format.
The submission link will check your paper for plagiarism using SafeAssign software. Any paper showing more than 25% plagiarism will be an automatic zero (this means even if you cite your sources, your writing must be in your own words).
Plagiarism is using another person’s ideas and/or writings without acknowledging that you are doing so and is a serious offense. All students should take all precautions to ensure that no plagiarism, intentional or unintentional, is present in their work. Plagiarism includes (but is not limited to)
· Quoting a source word-for-word without enclosing the material in quotation marks (even if you cite the source).
· Summarizing an article by copying from the abstract or critical summary (even if you cite the article).
· Paraphrasing closely another’s writing (e.g. modifying sentences slightly, but expressing the same ideas with copied phrases) even if you cite the source.
· Using another author’s points about a topic without acknowledging that you are doing so, and/or reviewing exactly the same studies in the same way (e.g., using a criticism or essay or textbook treatment of a topic as the basic outline for your paper and reviewing only the studies that the author used and making the same criticisms that the author does). It is fine to get a general idea for a topic from a text or other source, but you must then develop and cover the topic in your own way.
Students are expected
· To use their own ideas and their own words in any paper they write.
· To write about material they have read, but express their own understanding and their own comments on it.
· To use occasional quotations but to identify them as quotations.
· To avoid close paraphrasing which is not their own writing. Using more than five (5) consecutive words from the original source without using quotation marks reflects close paraphrasing (i.e. to take an author’s writing and to change a few words here and there). This is not acceptable even if the student cites a reference.
Part 2: Responses (Worth up to 30 points)
Comment on at least 2 classmate’s discussion submissions.
· Each comment must be 150-200 words!
· Evaluate their post
· You are either adding more evidence to a post that made the same choice as you or challenging another choice (respectfully) with evidence. We are all trying to help one another survive the 7 days on the island. Lets all make it back to the mainland safely.
· Offer questions or substantive responses to what is said. Offer Research and share information that backs or refutes a point being made (“Good Jobs”, or “I agree” are NOT allowed as your response!!).
See last page for charts to use to organize your thoughts. This is for you and not to be handed in.
How will I be graded?
The rubric to this assignment is located in the same spot on Blackboard where this guideline is located, as a separate document. Take a look prior to starting the assignment and let your instructor know if you have any questions regarding expectations.
What kind of sources should you use?
Your information must be credible, accurate, and well supported by evidence. The best sources of information are the research journals and the books as well as webpages maintained by professional societies and organizations. Search for articles and academic material should start with the electronic databases of libraries such as FTCC’s Paul H. Thompson Library (opens new window), PubMed (opens new window) or other such resources. When in doubt about material, use CARS checklist (opens new window) to see if it can be used in discussions and writings.
Don’t forget to CITE!
You must cite all sources. Citation format must be MLA or APA (Visit the Purdue Owl Writing Lab (opens new window) for instructions on proper formatting)
Examples: In science we primarily use APA. These are basic examples of common citations. Please see the Purdue Owl (linked above) for more details/examples.
In-text citation: When you are paraphrasing from an author, so whenever you a
taking information form a source and putting it in your own words.
According to Jones (1998), APA style is a difficult citation format for first-time learners.
In-text citation quote: If you are taking a quote, you need to include the page number:
According to Jones (1998), “students often had difficulty using APA style, especially when it was their first time” (p. 199).
Reference Page: At the end of the document, you want to make sure you reference all of the sources you took information from.
Scruton, R. (1996). The eclipse of listening. The New Criterion, 15(3), 5–13
Stoneman, R. (2008). Alexander the Great: A life in legend. Yale University Press
Price, D. (2018, March 23). Laziness does not exist. Medium. https://humanparts.medium.com/laziness-does-not-exist-3af27e312d01
2nd Discussion Board: Stranded on the Island of Puerto Golgi
This conversation is divided into two sections. Below the prompt are details on what is required in both segments.
Prompt (Imaginative+ paraphrase):
When your spaceship malfunctions, you’re a space tourist on your way to a distant planet. Within a day, everyone must leave the ship. You’ll board an emergency escape pod and travel to one of the surrounding planets.
Your friend wagers that they can correctly explain the integumentary system of the species on the planet you’ll visit. Your friend has no idea that you’ve been researching the integumentary system.
What do you suppose the integumentary systems of the animals are like, based on your knowledge of the human integumentary system?