UMUC NSCI362 Writing Assignment

Written Assignment Project

(see rubric for grading criteria)

The written assignment project addresses outcome 2:
effectively communicate and use scientific evidence regarding human impact on the environment with emphasis on sustainability and global citizenship

You may choose a topic from a provided list or propose a topic for approval. The paper should be typed double-spaced and be about 5 pages long excluding references. You should have a minimum of 5 references.Please do not exceed the five page limit. Use APA formatting for your references. Do not use wikipedia as a reference.

You must select a topic that is relevant to environmental sustainability. Your topic must address one of these phrases:
an environmental issue—its causes, current state, and solutions
the role of economics, technology, or industry in your environmental issue
the impact of the environmental issue on ecosystems

Example of past topics:
Disappearing tropical rainforests (Explain what is happening. Why should we be concerned?)
Compare and contrast China’s and India’s efforts at slowing their population growth.
Report on the decline of honeybees. Why should we care? What difference will it make to our lifestyle?
Explain Iceland’s plan to be the first country to run its economy on 100 percent renewable energy.
Carbon trading (What is it? Why has it been established? How will it benefit the Earth?)
Harmful algae blooms (HABs) (What are they? What causes them? Are they harmful to humans?)
Global water scarcity (How bad is it? How is it linked to global crises and conflict?)

You will be evaluated on:
content: clear and accurate knowledge of your topic and how your topic relates to human impact on the environment with emphasis on sustainability and global citizenship
references: proper quantity and quality of APA citations
effective writing: grammar, spelling, punctuation
following directions

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