Assignment 2 – Reading and Analyzing Primary Scientific Literature, Part 1: Problem, Hypothesis, Abstract and
Introduction (100 points/10%)
Addresses course outcomes 1, 2, and 3:
Interpret and critically analyze primary scientific literature to assess the validity and reliability of
scientific results and evaluate the conclusions drawn from these data
Demonstrate proficiency in scientific principles, techniques and applications in the life sciences to
evaluate experimental design and determine compliance with standards of protocol and ethical practice
Effectively communicate scientific principles, concepts, methods, and research findings based on critical
analysis of primary literature, industry reports, and other life sciences resources
This assignment is designed to help you learn or improve in the skill of reading and analyzing primary scientific articles.
In assignment 2, you will begin to trace the scientific method through a primary article by exploring the problem,
hypothesis, abstract, and introduction of the article designated as primary article A, which will be assigned by your
instructor. In assignment 3, you will continue to trace and analyze other parts of this article — namely, the materials and
methods, the data, and conclusions.
After reading the abstract and introduction portions of primary article A, please address each of the following items.
Label each section of your paper according to the labels (1), (2), (3), and (4) below.
1. Discuss the Problem (10 points)
A. Describe the observations the authors made
B. Discuss the questions the authors asked
2. Discuss the Hypothesis (15 points)
A. Explain what a hypothesis is
B. Describe the role of a hypothesis in the scientific method
C. State what you believe is the hypothesis of primary article A
3. Discuss the Abstract Section of primary article A: (20 points)
A. Summarize the research based on the abstract section of primary article A
B. Discuss any information you feel is lacking in the abstract of primary article A
4. Discuss the Introduction Section of primary article A (20 points)
A. Choose and explain why two of the references cited in the introduction are important in
explaining the purpose of the research.
B. Discuss whether or not you believe this was useful research to conduct based on the introduction
5. References (15 points)
A. Include in-text references where appropriate
B. Cite all references APA style
NB: If no references are cited, you will receive a grade of zero (0) for Assignment 2
6. Grammar (10 points)
Spelling, punctuation, capitalization, sentence construction, and paragraph construction will be considered
in the grading of this assignment.
7. Paper format (10 points)
A. Title page: Name, Course Name and Number, Instructor Name, Paper Title, Due Date
B. Sections of paper properly labeblled
C. Double-spaced, 11-point, Times New Roman font paper with 1-inch margins
D. 3-4 pages (not including title page and reference page)
Please submit your paper as a Word document to your assignment folder.
How completely and thoroughly questions are addressed – (65 points)
References – (15 points)
Grammar – (10 points)
Format – (10 points)