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BIOL 368/F20

Week 2 Feedback

  • Thank you for submitting your assignment on time. However there were a few items incomplete or missing from your individual journal page.
  • Make sure to invoke your template on each individual journal page.
  • Please move your page to one with a more specific name. You named your page "BIOL368/S19"; it would be more appropriate to name it "BIOL368/S19 Falghane Week 2" and then to use this pattern moving forward.
    • You can move the page using the "move" tab at the top of the page and following the instructions there.
    • You will need to go back and fix the links to the new pattern on your template.
  • You wrote something in the summary field for 34 out of 45 saves (76%) since Week 1, which is pretty good, but rememeber we are aiming for 100%. Don't forget to write a summary when you upload images.
  • The purpose that you wrote could be more clear and mention that you are explore a model.
    • You wrote: The purpose of this lab is to learn the effect that different parameters within a society or/and a population group has on the way that a disease transmits. Also to learn the different variablites and possibilities that transmission of diseases have.
    • I would revise it to be: The purpose of this lab is to explore the effect that changing different parameters in an SIR disease transmission model has on the outcome of the model. This information will be interpreted to explain how disease transmission occurs in a society or population.
  • You were missing the two questions from watching the video.
  • You were missing the answers to the questions from this website.
  • I want to note that you chose your model because "a high level of homogeneity which makes it applicable to society." I would argue the opposite. Homogeneous mixing means that any member of the population is equally likely to encounter any other member of the population. This is not really true of Los Angeles, for example, where people are separated by neighborhood, class, and race.
  • Your interpretations of the model graphs after you manipulated the parameters were good.
  • Your explanation of the Giordano et al. (2020) article and XKCD comic were good.
  • Your conclusion needs to be more specific. Restate in more detail some of the main findings that you made from manipulating the model parameters.
  • Don't forget to include the Academic Honesty statement and to put your wiki signature at the bottom of the Acknowledgments section instead of the bottom of the whole page.
  • Your references section is missing some key citations: the Epidemix website and the Epstein article (which you discussed in the shared journal). If you had completed the whole assignment, you would have also referenced the SIR model website and the video webinar we watched.
  • To answer your questions that you posted in the class journal:
    • Was it possible for COVID-19 to be predicted before it happened?
      • Scientists were studying the bat population from which SARS-CoV-2 is thought to have arisen. Indeed they were worried about something like this happening.
    • How long is it estimated that vaccination will take?
      • Once we have an approved vaccine, I think it will at least take months to vaccinate the population, possibly longer. Think about how many people get their flu shots every year (which is not everybody) and multiply that.
    • Is there anyway we could prevent a pandemic like COVID-19 from happening in the future?
      • When a new virus emerges, we could respond faster with public health measures for limiting travel, testing, contract tracing, quarantine, face masks, and social distancing. Having a stockpile of face masks and other medical equipment would have helped.

Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 18:05, 30 September 2020 (PDT)

Week 1 Feedback

I will be posting the feedback on your weekly assignments on your talk page. You will be able to earn back the points you lost on the Week 1 assignment by making the changes listed below by the Week 3 deadline on 12:01 am, Thursday, September 24. Here is the feedback for Week 1.

  • Thank you for submitting your assignment on time.
  • You completed all of the tasks except for the following:
    • You wrote something in the summary field 28 out of 28 saves (100%). Keep up the good work!
    • Please link your name on the course People page to your User page.
    • Please ask me a question on my User talk page.
    • Please complete the Google Form. The link can be found on Brightspace in the "Overview" or "Announcements" section.
    • Please move your template page to a page named "Falghane BIOL 368". On your template page, click the "move" tab and fill out the fields there. You will then need to go back and invoke the correct template name on your user page and Week 2 individual pages.
    • On your template, please include the following:
      • A link to your user page
      • A link to the template page itself
      • The list of your individual journal pages that you will make this semester; it's OK if the pages aren't created yet.
      • There should not be a Week 13 class journal link, but there should be one for Week 14.
    • You need to update the Acknowledgments and References section on your User page with information from the current class.
      • Acknowledge your new homework partner.
    • Cite the Week 1 Assignment page from this class and the Denning and Janovy readings.
    • Don't forget to sign your shared journal reflection with your wiki signature.
  • I hope you will change your mind about seeing yourself as a biologist in this course. You do already know more biology than most people, and you will be doing research in this course.

Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 12:41, 17 September 2020 (PDT)

BIOL 388/S19

Week 1 Feedback

I am posting the feedback on your Week 1 assignment here.

  • Thank you for submitting your assignment on time.
  • All of the requested items were found on your user page except for what is noted below. You have the opportunity to go back and fix these items to earn back points that you lost on the assignment. The changes will be due at midnight February 7, when the Week 3 assignment is due.
    • Please make your e-mail address a link. You can either make it a "mailto" link directly, or format it so that users can e-mail you through OpenWetWare.
    • Creating a link to within the wiki was missing from your user page because you did not invoke your template on the page. The way to invoke your template is to use curly braces to surround the template name, such as {{template name}}.
    • The category was also missing from your User page because you did not invoke the template.
    • As we go forward in the semester, you will be adding links to the weekly assignment page, your individual journal pages, and the class shared pages to your template, and then you will invoke this template on your individual journal page. You can even do all of this in advance.
    • Please link your name on the course People page to your user page.
    • You provided an external link to the Biology Department. It showed up as just a number because you did not give it a visible label. To do so, the syntax is [ Biology Department] where there is a space between the URL and label text.
    • When using headers, don't use the single "=" sign. That level is reserved for the title of the page. Start with "==" and then nest "===" and "====" beneath each other; don't skip levels. I.e., don't go directly from "==" to "====", bypassing "===".
    • When you reference the Week 1 Assignment page, please use the APA format for a website.
    • You wrote something in the summary field only 14% of the time. We are aiming towards writing something in that field all the time (100%).
    • Don't forget to sign your contribution to the class journal page with your wiki signature.
  • I hope that you will begin to see yourself as a mathematician in this class!

Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 11:12, 28 January 2019 (PST)

Week 2 Feedback

  • Thank you for completing your assignment on time.
  • You will be receiving a hard copy of your individual journal with corrections.
  • I want to note here, however, that you need to have a link to your User page from your individual journal page. The only link that existed was in your wiki signature in the Acknowledgements section. Please add a link to your User page to your template and this will be taken care of in the future.
  • Similarly, you need to link to the assignment page from the journal page; the only link was found in the References section. Make sure that is also added to your template
  • You were also missing the BIOL398/S19 category from the page. Again, adding this to your template and invoking your template on the page will take care of this in the future.
  • In addition, you were missing a link from your User page to the shared journal as of the Week 2 deadline, but I note that you have subsequently fixed this.
  • You wrote something in the summary field 24/29 times for 83%. This is solid, but could have some improvement to get >90% of the time.

Kam D. Dahlquist (talk) 08:46, 19 February 2019 (PST)