Intro to Indoor Air Quality Final Research Paper, Spring 2015
Research Paper Instructions: Any deviation from specifications below will severely cost grade points.
• Report is worth 40 points. Report is due March 30, 2015 (submit paper on Harvey WebCt). Late papers will lose points!
Grading related to format adherence:
Research Paper Requirements Points Deducted
No clearly stated Hypothesis
No clearly stated Conclusion
Format not followed (e.g. standard headings and sections as required for a technical paper, 1” margins, font size-12 point [except for headers], 1.5 line spacing, bold headings, etc.)
Less than 5 legitimate references or sources cited
Less than 5 full pages long, not including references (tables/figures will NOT count for more than 1 page of the required 5 pages); References will NOT count in the 5 page minimum
• Excellent Content, thorough research, clear Hypothesis/Conclusion
• Above average Content, clear Hypothesis/Conclusion
• Average Content and Detail
• Below average Content and Detail
36 – 40 points
32 – 35 points
28 – 31 points
24 – 27 points
Late papers submitted after due date of March 30, 2015
1. Papers received March 31 to class time April 6
2. Papers received April 7 to class time April 13
3. Papers received April 14 to class time April 20
4. No papers accepted after April 20, 2015 class
– 5 points 1st week late;
– 10 points 2nd week late;
– 20 points 3rd week late;
– no papers
Possible Topic Selections (select one and get approval from Dr. Shaughnessy’s office by February 23, 2015):
1. Mold Investigations: What are proper steps in a thorough investigation
2. Is Chinese Drywall a problem… Why?
3. Student Health and Performance related to IAQ in Schools
4. Endocrine Disruptors: Overview and health effects
5. How do we determine if a portable air cleaner is effective?
6. Integrated Pest Management: Definition, Strategies, and Approaches
7. Ultraviolet Radiation to Clean the Air: What are the benefits and limitations?
8. Impact of climate change on indoor environment. New considerations in a changing global climate.
9. Does a LEED Certified building go hand in hand with ensuring improved IAQ and health?
• Paper must have maximum of 1 inch margins top, bottom and both sides.
• Maximum 12 pt font for text portion of paper.1.5 Line Spacing
SAMPLE REPORT TITLE at 1” [Centered, Bold, 14 pt UPPERCASE]
Prof. Richard J. Shaughnessy
HYPOTHESIS [major heading style: Bold 14 pt, UPPERCASE]
[12 pt] Include a one to two sentence hypothesis (your tentative conclusion that your paper supports) about your subject (this will be fully explained in class).
ABSTRACT [major heading style: Bold 14 pt, UPPERCASE]
[12 pt] Prepare an informative abstract of up to 150 words based on the completed paper. The abstract should be a self-contained statement that summarizes the entire paper.
INTRODUCTION [Bold 14 pt UPPERCASE]
[12 pt] A good introduction defines the issue that the paper addresses. It establishes the context for the current investigation by indicating the significance of the present study. It states the objectives and indicates the approach taken.
DISCUSSION [Bold 14 pt UPPERCASE]
[12 pt] Begin body of paper, taking care to present information in a reasonable and orderly manner. The discussion presents the evidence and the methods that test your hypothesis. Discuss how you will decide to accept or reject your hypothesis. Your method may be a simple as constructing an argument that lists reasons found in your research sources that supports/does not support your hypothesis or it may be a more formal analytical or statistical test method. Additional Information below –
Display items: Figures and tables [subheading style: Bold 12 pt; on a separate line]
In general, figures and other illustrations should be used when they are shorter, clearer, or more effective than explanations in words. Avoid tables and figures that duplicate each other or present superfluous data. All tables and figures must have suitable captions. Tables and figures should be inserted in the text near the place they are first mentioned. See Table 1 for example. Do not insert objects or figures linked to another program or file.
Inserting figures: To insert a figure from MS Excel or other graphics program, first copy it onto the clipboard, then paste it into the paper using the paste special (picture) command within MS Word. This will allow proper sizing of the graphic without linking it to the source file or software.
Table 1. Table Legend
Designing effective figures: If you choose to use pictures to illustrate your paper, avoid gray scale shading. Label legends with words rather than just symbols to improve clarity. Be careful to avoid small type. Any text in your figures should be as large as the text in the body of the paper. Photographs should only be used if they are essential to the paper and are very clear.
Equations: If used, equations should be indented and numbered at the right margin, as in the example below:
E(n)=1ðóTexp-12. . . T-µT()2óT2. ÿ ÿ ÿ . (1)
where Tµ and óT are the mean value and standard deviation, respectively, of the temperature, T, and n is the number of level crossings. Define all symbols the first time they are used.
Names and units: The metric system (SI units) should be used (for clarity of communication, other units may be used to supplement SI units, but should be placed in parentheses). Names of microorganisms should be in italic (e.g., E. coli). Frequently used technical terms may be abbreviated after the first time they are mentioned: e.g. “Semivolatile organic compounds (SVOC) can …”.
CONCLUSION [Bold 14 pt UPPERCASE]
[12 pt] At the end of your paper, tell your conclusions, especially whether your hypothesis is supported. Do you accept or reject your hypothesis? Going further tell the reader what is the essential information in the paper and what is the importance of the paper topic for others such as researchers, building designers, owners and operators; or occupants. This might include recommendations for future research, public policy, and professional or industry practices. A conclusion can summarize your paper, but only as needed to reach a conclusion. Do more than summarize; conclude something!
REFERENCES [Bold 14 pt UPPERCASE, on separate new sheet]
• 12 font, minimum of 5 references MUST be used.
• References can be found from many common sources: 1) books, 2) papers in a journal, 3) conference proceedings, 4) reports, 5) online periodicals, & 6) chapters in an edited book.
• No more than two references to be exclusively web-based (articles, essays, government agency home pages, etc.) Cite using the .url address and date accessed (e.g., http://www.epa.gov/ accessed 10 Oct 2009).
• References should be cited in the text using the “author, date” format in parentheses, e.g., (Kimura and Tanabe, 1993) with full reference citation listed on the separate Reference List in alphabetical order by author’s last name. (see SAMPLE below). You may use any commonly accepted citation style such as Chicago or APA, but be consistent.
• When directly quoting a source or copying a figure, table or data from a source include a citation with the quote or in the caption of copied figure/table that includes the page number where the quote, figure, table or date is found (e.g., Kimura and Tanabe, 1993 p. 1027).
• If a publication has three or fewer authors, all the authors are listed in the reference list. If there are more than three, list the first three authors and add “et al.” in the citation.
• Do not use blank lines between references. Instead, use a hanging indent of 0.25″.
SAMPLE Reference List
ASHRAE. 1992. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-1992, Thermal Environmental Conditions for
Human Occupancy, Atlanta: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-
Conditioning Engineers, Inc.
Fanger, PO. 1970. Thermal Comfort. Copenhagen: Danish Technical Press.
Hanzawa, H, Melikov AK, and Fanger PO. 1987. Air flow characteristics in the occupied zone of ventilated spaces. ASHRAE Transactions. Vol. 93 (1), pp 10-20.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Map of Radon Zones. Accessed 8 Jan 2008.