Course:EOSC 475/ResearchProject

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Update 28 January 2013: PLEASE use Connect Wiki.

EOSC475 Wiki page

There is a requirement to produce a Wiki page on an aspect related to this course; you must produce an in-depth and critical examination of a topic that stems from a scientific paper related to the content of the course.

A list of suggested papers is on the WIKI (see below)

Only one student can sign up for each paper and others can be selected but must be approved.

The project will make up 25% of the final grade.

It will be an ongoing process with progress evaluated on:

Friday 25 January, (Research Project topic due),

Monday 4 March (Research Project outline and annotated bibliography due),and

Tuesday 2 April (Research Project final submission)

Plagiarism will result in a grade of 0 (see and

A few things are expected for your Wiki Project:

1. The topic should be related to paper in Marine Microbiology. Click here for paper list:

2. The annotated bibliography should consist of references from the primary literature (i.e. articles from scientific journals) that you will use as resources for your Wiki. The format of these should be the citation, followed by a few sentences explaining the significance of the paper to the topic you are presenting. The annotated bibliography will be part of your Wiki page. I have included an example below.

Bergh O, Børsheim KY, Bratbak G, Heldal M (1989) High abundance of viruses found in aquatic environments. Nature 340:467-468. This manuscript is the first to report concentrations of viruses in seawater in excess of 10 million viruses per mL, and showed that these high abundances occurred in a variety of freshwater and marine environments.

3. The research project should be a CRITICAL review. So, include your opinion in the research project. Do not only review the paper.

4. Most, if not all, of your cited literature should be primary literature, which are peer-review scientific papers. Do not use websites or books, including encyclopedias, as references.

5. The length of the Wiki page should be about 10 pages.

If you have any questions about the wiki project please contact Julia at

EOSC475 - Wiki Project Launchpad Page

In order to keep the Research Projects for the students gathered within one subsection of this Wiki, we would like each student to create a link on this page (below) to their project. By keeping them here together, everyone can easily find each other's work. If you are curious about why we have chosen the wiki space for the Research Projects, it has to do with the affordances of the space. A wiki environment easily supports multipage, collaborative and hypertextual writing, something that feels a bit constrained within a weblog space. In this wiki space, you will be able to author multiple pages and create inter-textual links as well as links out to other materials that may be relevant to your work.

Creating your top-level Wiki Project page

Step 1

Think of a good, short title for your research project. You will need to use CamelCase, which is a wiki syntax for words with capital letters joined together without a space. If I were writing about marine viruses, for example, I might use a link title: MarineViruses

Step 2

Look at the URL for this page up in the address bar in your browser. Depending on your browser it should look something like this:


You will need to create a new page on this wiki by adding in the name of the page you want to create. So, using my example again, I type in the following:


Make sure that you put a "/" in before you type in your new title, as that will put your page within the subsection of the ResearchProject page.

Type in the title of the page that you want to create and hit return on your keyboard.

Step 3

Mediawiki will come up with a screen that tells you that the page does not yet exist (unless, of course, it already does in which case you will need to come up with another, unique name), and you will have the option to edit the page.


Click on Edit page and then proceed to put in a couple bits of text to claim your space.

Step 4

Take note of the URL that appears in your browser address bar when you view your newly created page. That will be the URL for the top-level page of your Research Project. If you end up writing on multiple pages, just use the same process as described in the steps above to create subsection pages within your own page.

You only need to go on to Step 5 when you are ready to publish the URL for your Research Project. Please do so when you are ready for other students to have a link to your project.

Step 5

Add your top-level page to the list below and that way everyone will be able to find your work right from this landing page. You can, of course, add your name beside your link so that people can see who is authoring which Research Projects. For links within this Wiki server, you can use the portion of the URL after the "title=" You can also use the full URL if you prefer. Please place a link to your project in the list below.

Reference: Dobson, T., and Miller, J. (2009). ETEC540 - Research Project Launchpad Page. Retrieved from the UBC wiki on Dec. 21, 2009: