The aim of this assessment is to apply some of your knowledge from the lectures, encourage you to research a topic in more detail and hone your writing skills to be concise.
This written assignment for this course comprises a 1000 word essay.
“Lower invertebrates”, so called because they generally appeared early in the history of life on Earth, provide many benefits to humans (e.g. medical applications, food and resources, understanding how life on Earth ‘works’, etc.), as well as many detriments (infections, parasites, food spoilage, etc.). Your task is to summarize how a lower invertebrate (as an individual species or a higher taxonomic level) contributes to the benefit or detriment of human populations.
You are free to choose any invertebrate/outcome/field of research that interests you, but ensure your topic is based on a ‘lower’ invertebrate (i.e. invertebrates up to and including Platyhelminthes, or flatworms, on the invertebrate tree of life. This includes groups such as the protozoans, poriferans, cnidarians, nematodes, platyhelminths and nemerteans and will be described in detail in lectures.)
The written assessment will be marked against the following criteria:
1. The overall clarity of the essay with respect to structure and presentation (including figures and tables), grammar and spelling.
2. The extent to which the essay demonstrates research of the topic outside of the lecture content.
3. Appropriate acknowledgment of sources in the text and accurate representation in the reference list, using the Harvard referencing style.
4. Demonstration of distilling/summarizing abilities (ability to stick to the 1000 word limit).