Peer Assessment of Group 19
C A T E G O R Y G11 G12 G13 G14 G15 Average
Topic Selection
20 20 19 20 20 19.8
Newspaper and Article Selection
9 10 8 9 9 9
Quality of Editorial Comments
10 7 9 9 10 9
Organic Chemistry Content
10 8 9 9 10 9.2
Selection and Quality of the Links 
18 19 19 19 19 18.8
Format, Number and Types of Questions
10 10 9 10 9 9.6
Quality of the Questions
8 10 9 10 10 9.4
Overall Impression 
9 7 9 9 10 8.8
TOTAL 93.6


Evaluation by Group 11
 1.) 20 - The topic selected is very relevant to the mass population as
most have or will consume seafood.  Full credit was given as the topic
was also strongly related to organic chemistry.  The structure and
properties of PCB was well incorporated into the news item.
 2.) 9 - While the article was current, of appropriate length, and
interesting the motive of the writers is somewhat one sided. Would have
been better to have more specific number eluding to the severity of
risk to humans.
 3.) 10 - Very well written. Comments eluded to relevant chemistry
issues, summarized article, explained concepts and gave appropriate
background information.
 4.) 10 - Appropriate background given.  Enough detail and references
given to allow reader appropriate understanding.
 5.) 18 - PCB section was the very last on Gascape Index and the reader
doesn't want to perform additional searches to determine point of link.
Link associated with liver cancer is a good link, but doesn't provide
secondary information about the cancer itself.  Should make two links,
one to levels and one to cancer.
 6.) 10 - Questions properly fit criteria given and were well thought
out for the most part.
 7.) 8 - Need questions that are more geared towards testing the
readers understanding of the article and material presented rather than
their ability to reciprocate facts.
 8.) 9 - The project was well written and obvious time and effort were
put in. Minor room for improvement but overall nice work.

Evaluation by Group 12

(1) Topic Selection: 20 Points (0-20)
                        We loved the article. Interesting, informative, it's got it all.  Relates well to chapter 16 (aromatic compounds) and is of social relevence.

        (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 10 Points (0-10)
                        From his in depth writing about the chemisty of the subject, it seemed the author was very qualified. Very recent. Article was exciting and encited interest in the material. Not too short, not too long.

        (3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 7 Points (0-10)
                        The editorial was rather vaque and didn't quite capture the essence of the topic or article. Writing style and organization left something to be desired. Length was fine.

        (4) Organic Chemistry Content: 8 Points (0-10)
                        Although informative, we think the chemistry could have been explored a little better, in the editorial.

        (5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 19 Points (0-20)
                        Visual centers were interesting and informative. We like how the links related to the human and environmental health. A few links were slightly vague.

        (6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 10 Points (0-10)
                        Questions are excellent. very intuitive. Questions were rather dificult on the surface, but once investigated were revealed as quite simple.

        (7) Quality of the Questions: 10 Points (0-10)
                        No problems with the questions.

        (8) Overall Impression. 7 Points (0-10)
                        For the sole reason that the editorial was a little rough.

                        Good job.

Evaluation by Group 13

 (1) Topic Selection: 19 Points (0-20)
                        The topic was very interseting, although it appeared to mostly pretained to the people who lived on the Texas Gulf.  There was a strong correlation between the subject and its relaation to organic chemistry.

        (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 8 Points (0-10)
                        This does not seem to be an article of high quality, however the author does seem to be informed on the subject.  It satrts to become to long in length, and starts to lose it's excitement.

        (3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 9 Points (0-10)
                        The editorial comments seemed to cover almost evry aspect required.  It is written well, deals with the key issues, has good grammer, and well organized,

        (4) Organic Chemistry Content: 9 Points (0-10)
                        Again most evry issue was covered.  The key organic issue was made clear, the only thing it lacked was sufficient background to understand the chemistry.  The references were complete and no additional references are needed.

        (5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 19 Points (0-20)
                        This was an important part of the project, and the group seemed to realize this.  We gained some knowledge from these links, but the stability of them was the only aspect in question.  We thought that the embedding of the links was well executed in the editorial comments.

        (6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 9 Points (0-10)
                        Pretty well overall, may need a little bit more variation.  The PSP question gave the reader something to think about, which may have previously been overlooked.

        (7) Quality of the Questions: 9 Points (0-10)
                        Overall the questions were pretty good, except number 2, which seemed to stray away from the main point of the article.  The were understandable and were easily workable, except for number 5.

        (8) Overall Impression. 9 Points (0-10)
                        We believe that the article, editorial comments, and questions were well written and well researched.  The only thing we though was the entire concept may become too difficult for some 210 students to comprehend.

                        Well done.

Evaluation by Group 14

  (1) Topic Selection: 20 Points (0-20)
                        Good topic, love dolphins.

        (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 9 Points (0-10)
                        Probably a biased source, what are the qualifications of the author?

        (3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 9 Points (0-10)
                        Did a good job on explaining the physical charachteristics of PCB's, but could have had a little more on the chemical properties and synthesis.

        (4) Organic Chemistry Content: 9 Points (0-10)
                        Where is the pertinance of elimination and substitution in the article?

        (5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 19 Points (0-20)
                        Some links seemed a little odd (maybe a little too handdrawn).

        (6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 10 Points (0-10)
                        Meet all criteria.

        (7) Quality of the Questions: 10 Points (0-10)
                        Very thought provoking.

        (8) Overall Impression. 9 Points (0-10)
                        Discrepancies in reference chapts (6) and in chapters refered to in the questions kind of caught you off guard.

                        Poor dolphins

Evaluation by Group 15

     (1) Topic Selection: 20 Points (0-20)
                        The topic selected was very interesting.  The article had many references related to organic chemistry.  The editorial comments also mentioned the organic components.

        (2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 9 Points (0-10)
                        The article was current, but we felt it was a little long and too scientific.  It came from a high quality source and the author did seem to be knowledgable.  He also used a variety of credible sources to back up his claims.

        (3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 10 Points (0-10)
                        The editorial comments were excellent.  They flowed well and were intelligently written.

        (4) Organic Chemistry Content: 10 Points (0-10)
                        This group obviously had a complete understanding of the topic and they provided excellent references.  The text references were also very good.

        (5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 19 Points (0-20)
                        The links were definitely appropriate and helpful.  It was a little unclear what the purpose was for the last link though.

        (6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 9 Points (0-10)
                        There was not a lot of variety of questions.  Most of them dealt with the effects of PCB.  The last one was a PSP.  More questions could have been aimed at further understanding the article.

        (7) Quality of the Questions: 10 Points (0-10)
                        The questions were well-formulated and addressed many of questions the article brought up.

        (8) Overall Impression. 10 Points (0-10)
                        The assignment was a good one, and only needed minor adjustments.