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John Jay College of Criminal Justice


OER Course Conversion Projects


OER for SCI 100

Case Studies in the Sciences

Weeks 10 - 15







Case Study III Part A: Dolphin Deaths: A Case Study in Toxicology



Case Study III Part B: Dolphin Deaths: A Case Study in Toxicology



Case Study III Part A:

This case study examines a variety of biological factors that may have been involved in the 2013 dolphin "unusual mortality event" (UME) on the East Coast of the United States.


Case Study III Part B:

Be prepared to discuss your group findings. Use your e-portfolio to present your information.


Case #3: Dolphin Deaths 

Case Study Part III Part A: 

  • Read, compare, and interpret popular journalism and scientific literature.

Case Study III Part B: Prepare for your group analysis


Determine the many contributing factors involved in dolphin health.


Prepare for Showcase Presentation and Evaluation of your Collaborative Responsibilities


Evaluate your Collaborative Strengths and Weaknesses:

  • A rubric will be handed out in class which you will use to evaluate yourself and your peers.

  • The peer evaluation will be anonymous.

  • Prepare for your individual role within your group.

Begin Showcase Group Work:

  • Choose a controversial case that interests you and your group members.

  • You may use the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science ( or another source of interest.

Read: Ideas in Science: Theories Hypothesis and Laws

Scientific Controversy:

Creativity in Science:



Showcase Presentation Work






Source Reliability Group Work

Continue in-class group work guided by your instructor

  • Review citations and APA style

  • How to do a peer review

All class visit to the library to research documents. A librarian will be available to assist you.

The practice of science involves many possible pathways. The classic description of the scientific method as a linear or circular process does not adequately capture the dynamic yet rigorous nature of the practice.

Scientists use multiple research methods to gather data and develop hypotheses.

Scientific research methods are complementary; when multiple lines of evidence independently support one another, hypotheses are strengthened and confidence in scientific conclusions improves.

University of Carleton (n.d.) Guidelines for Students - Peer Review

Also see John Jay Library: Citing sources: 

The Practice of Science: An Introduction to Research Methods:

Description as a Scientific Research Method:

Comparison as a Scientific Research Method:

Group work continues outside of class on reviewing the literature, describing a hypothesis, and deciding upon a research method.


Showcase Presentation work

  • Group Work

Group Work

Portfolio research paper: Peer review of 1st draft

In-class group work:

  • Meet with your instructor to present your ideas



In-class work on peer review of the 1st draft

Bring all materials and references to class for review by your instructor.


University of Carleton (n.d.) Guidelines for Students: Peer Review


Group Work

Work on second draft

Prepare your ePortfolio for your Showcase Presentation

John Jay Library Guide to Documentation Style


Portfolio Due

Group Work

Showcase presentations and final presentations

Finishing strong: Student Presentations at Annual Student Showcase