Final Project Proposal – Instructions and Submission:
The Final Project proposal is mandatory and contributes 5% to your course grade.
Proposal for the Project
The proposal for the project is out of 100 marks and is worth 5 per cent of the total grade (30 per cent) for the project exam. There are two components to the proposal:
A one-page description (50 marks)
An annotated bibliography (10 marks for each annotated reference; total of 50 marks)
In paragraph form, provide information on your research topic and the major issues you intend to examine. The one-page description must include a working thesis statement. You also need to include an annotated bibliography (following APA style) for five references that you will use in your research. Each citation should be followed by a brief (around 100150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph. The descriptive aspect of the annotation involves describing the main ideas presented in the source. The evaluative aspect of the annotation informs the reader of the quality of the source and its relevance to the essay topic. For more information about annotated bibliographies, consult TRU Librarys Annotated Bibliography What Is It? web page at http://libguides.tru.ca/c.php?g=193929.
Your final paper should include at least ten references, and at least five of these references should be peer-reviewed.
Submitting Your Proposal
Complete your proposal for the project and send it to your Open Learning Faculty Member for evaluation and feedback. Follow the same submission procedures as outlined for the assignments. Be sure to write your full name, student number, the course code (GEOG 3991), and date on a title page for your project proposal so that your Open Learning Faculty Member can easily identify your submission.
Choose a Topic
You are expected to choose a topic with which you have some personal interest or connection. For instance, if you have a personal interest in the field of medicine, you may want to examine the potential impacts of climate change on human health; if you are interested in international issues and the developing world, you may want to learn more about how climate change may affect human security in a region of your choice; if your real passion is community or regional planning, you may want to take a critical look at the climate change plan developed for the city or province in which you live. You will be expected to address the scientific, social, political, and legal aspects of your topic and to suggest realistic actions for the future.
Additional Topic Ideas
If you don’t have a personal connection to a specific climate change topic or if you haven’t yet identified a particular issue of interest, here are some additional topic ideas that you might consider for the project:
Discuss the vulnerability and potential effects of sea-level rise on small island states.
Examine the potential value of marine and geologic carbon sequestration in climate change mitigation efforts.
Discuss global glacial ice loss and climate change.
Examine the observed and potential impacts of climate change on flora and/or fauna.
Examine the relationship between climate change and human security.
Examine the potential impact of climate change on agriculture in Canada.
Evaluate the renewable energy options for British Columbia.
Examine the potential impact of climate change on forestry or fisheries in British Columbia.
Research and evaluate suggestions for climate change policy post- Kyoto.
Describe our understanding of abrupt climate change in past climates and the relationship between abrupt climate change, human activity, and future changes in climate.
Examine the relationship between climate change and ocean acidification, and the potential impacts on marine shell-forming organisms (e.g., corals) and their dependent species.