The course project is intended to provide you an opportunity to explore the role of spatial relationships within your research project. This now your opportunity to show your ability to communicate in writing the concepts of spatial analysis you used within your project. The final reports will be graded for content, writing, and logical flow. Guidelines to help you with formatting your manuscript are described below:
Abstract (4 points): A concise overview of the entire research project. This should include a description of the general problem or research question, a brief overview of the specific methods you employed, key results, and a brief description of your conclusions. Less than 300 words.
Introduction (8 points): Begins with a brief problem statement, transitioning into a brief description of what research has already been done, and closes with a brief description of your objectives and or hypotheses. The purpose of the introduction is get the reader excited about your work (why is this research important and how is it going to save the world?). 4-6 paragraphs.
Methods (10 points): The purpose of the methods section is to provide the geeky, technical details of you project. This includes brief descriptions (separated out by subheadings) of the study area, field data, and remote sensing data collection protocols, as well as a description and explanation of the statistical analysis methods you employed. 2-4 paragraphs.
Results (12 points): A very brief description of your results. Do not explain or justify the results here. This is simply a statement of what the statistics and analyses reports. If hypotheses were stated, did you find evidence to support them? 2-4 paragraphs.
Discussion (16 points): An in-depth explanation and interpretation of your results. What do your results mean in the context of the problem statement? Did you find what you expected? Why or Why not? How do your results compare with previous published work (look at the literature and cite other studies)? Point out any limitations of your approach and suggest how future research could improve upon what you did. 4-8 paragraphs.
Conclusions (10 points): A brief reiteration of what you did, your overall objectives, your hypotheses, and what you found. Be sure to describe the overall significance of your research to the scientific and/or management communities. What is the take home message? 2-3 paragraphs.
Technical Writing (10 points): Use of scientific literature to support writing. All maps, graphics, and tables are neat and necessary to understand the study. Proper grammar and punctuation is used to assist the reader in understanding the study and its outcomes.