04.06.2016 – At-home assignment

  • What are you studying at SU?
    • I am studying anthropology, chemistry and forensic science.
  • What type of writing do you do in your field of study?  What genres do you use?
    • Forensic Science
      • Written Reports of Evidence
      • Expert Witness Reports
      • Research Papers
    • Anthropology
      • Research Papers
      • Comparison Papers
      • Ethnography Papers
      • Field Journal Notes
      • Fieldwork Reports
    • Chemistry
      • Research Papers
      • Laboratory Notes
      • Laboratory Reports
  • What are the purposes, audiences, and contexts associated with these genres?  In other words, why do you write in these genres, who are the audiences for them, and where/in what context do these genres function?
    • Written Reports of Evidence
      • This is for documentation of the evidence.  This is done in order to keep organize all pieces of evidence, and to maintain the chain of custody of the piece of evidence.  This report is for the legal individuals who need to use the evidence.
    • Expert Witness Reports
      • This is a full report of all the qualifications, methods, and test used by the expert witness.  This report is given to all parties in a court case.  The expert and their report prepares for a direct testimony during court for the jury.  Expert witness reports are usually written and given in a legal court setting.
    • Research papers (forensic science)
      • Most scientific experts have research papers and publications in their field in order to further qualify as an expert witness.  These papers are usually increasing the data quality of their specific research, or adding new information and data to the forensic science world.  The audience for these papers are usually other forensic science researchers, or other researchers.  And these research papers will most likely be found in a scientific peer-reviewed journal.
    • Ethnography paper
      • This usually includes the individual research’s field notes as well.  Ethnographic papers are usually firsthand accounts of the individual’s experiences in their particular setting.
    • Field Journal Notes
      • I use my field journal like I use my lab notebook, to record observations made during my research work.  If I were to find “special” artifacts during digging, it would be noted in my field journal.  Your field notes should alway have the location and site record.  Also you should record a date, time, and a temperature of the specific sites.
    • Fieldwork Reports
      • Fieldwork reports are a summation and analyst of the observations that the individual made during the specific day of field work.  The audience for these reports are usually for archaeologically literate peers in the field.  Fieldwork reports are usually found within larger research work within a larger regional area.
    • Research paper (chemistry)
    • Laboratory Notes
      • Laboratory notes have a procedure report and an actual report.  Observations and critical changes are noted in the lab notebook.  The notebook is for chemically literate individuals to read and follow–hence, the procedure.  While the actual report shows if the experiment succeeded or failed.
    • Laboratory Reports
      • Laboratory reports include the procedural report, actual report, experimentation, a conclusion, and a discussion section.  Laboratory reports usually are a summation of your laboratory notes.
  • What are the conventions of these genres?  In other words–how long are they?  Do they include images?  How are they formatted?  Is the tone formal?  Informal?  Do you use first-person pronouns (“I”)?  How are these conventions related to the audience’s expectations?
    • Forensic Science
      • Expert witness testimonies are one of my favorite types of writing.  I have written and read several expert report; however, the reports are usually unprofessional.  These reports are usually written as professional as you can.  Since these reports are usually given to legal professionals.  The pattern that I have seen with expert reports are the introduction (including credibility and qualifications), methods, testing results, followed by a conclusion.  These expert reports usually have no opinion from the expert.  The expert has no stake in this case, nor should the expert show bias.
    • Chemistry
      • Laboratory Notebooks
        • While the laboratory notebook contains an procedural report and an actual report, for the most part it is very informal–until you write a laboratory report on the experiment.  This usually contains informally written observations made to note later when writing a more formal report.
  • As you reflect on the research you’ve done so far for Projects 2 + 3, which stakeholders or stakeholder groups are most interesting to you?  What do they need/value/believe?  What do they have to gain/lose?
    • Through my research there are many stakeholders in music, especially during Woodstock.  Focusing on the music, there were stakes for the musicians performing at the concert.  Other stake holders are the young teenagers getting ready to leave for Vietnam or country.  You can gain/lose your life.  You can gain/lose finances.
  • What genre(s) would you be interested in using for Projects 4?
    • With the research that I have done for music and Woodstock, I would mind doing a more deeper interview to write a biography for the individual.  However to strengthen my forensic science written, I wouldn’t mind written a laboratory report.
  • What genre(s) might be well-suited to the stakeholder(s) that you listed in response to question #4?  Why?
    • If I wanted to further my projects towards the individual such as the person I interviewed for the project, I believe that a biography written piece would be done well–and it is something a little different.  A biography because he was in multiple bands and there was a lot said during his interview.  But, I also think that a normal essay would be a good genre to use to inform.
  • If you wanted to turn this research into something that would be relevant to a person in your field of study, what genre(s) could you use?  how would you shape the information so that it was relevant to them?
    • I really wish I could turn this into an expert report for court.  But I don’t think that is possible–and if it is possible, I do not really know how to do it.  However, I think that I can further on the interview and turn this into a biography for him.  Maybe in an anthropology sense, I could continue with the politics with Vietnam and Woodstock.  This genre should just be a normal research paper made to inform.

 

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