M 5:30 - 6:20 PM
1. Provide a forum for discussion and evaluation of peer-reviewed research journal publications and review articles on topics in biology.
2. Provide students with an opportunity to express themselves orally by preparing and performing a seminar presentation as would be expected at professional meetings. This will prepare the student in proper scientific communication with an audience of their peers in both formal and informal settings.
3. To allow an exploration on current topics in biology.
A. Lead a group discussion of a paper assigned to you. Each student will facilitate a round-table discussion of a particular paper provided by the instructor. All students will be given a copy of the paper to read in advance.
B. Present the background and results of a paper of your choosing. The presentation should be 15-17 minutes in length and should utilize overhead transparencies, slides, or PowerPoint. It should be based on an approved journal article from any area of biology, and the journal article should be within the last three years (no earlier than 2007). The presentation should address:
A. Background on the topic of the research article
B. Hypothesis/Problem addressed in the research article
C. Summary of procedures used
D. Results of the research
E. Conclusions drawn from the research
F. Critique of the work
1. Was the hypothesis/problem studied and answered?
2. Were methods appropriate for the study?
3. Were appropriate conclusions drawn?
4. What other work would you suggest be done?
Ten minutes will be given to answer questions concerning your topic from those in attendance at the conclusion of your presentation. A general class discussion of the research will be appropriate during this time. Provide a reprint of the journal article to everyone in the course THE WEEK BEFORE YOUR PRESENTATION DAY.
Each student will read each article prior to the presentation and should ask at least one question to the presenter about the article or topic after the presentation has been made.
C. Construct a presentation announcement page to be posted in Bolin Science Hall. Be creative! The idea is not only to announce your presentation, but to encourage people to come and hear what you have to say about the topic. Make sure to include:
Presentation Title, Your Name, Presentation Time and Date, Building
Name and Room Number.
The announcement page should be approved by the instructor and turned in ONE WEEK PRIOR TO YOUR PRESENTATION so that copies can be made and posted several days before your presentation.
NO RECYCLED PRESENTATIONS! Your presentation should be one that you have prepared specifically for this class.
D. Evaluate all of your fellow classmates’ presentations.
Seven points of the attendance grade will be deducted for each absence.
Seven points will be deducted if no question is asked of the student presenter.
Discussion leader (grade by instructor) - 35%
Seminar presentation (half of grade by instructor and half by fellow students) - 35%
Seminar announcement (quality) - 10%
Attendance/Questions asked - 20%