Friday, 1pm -1:50pm, BO 304
Geoscience seminar is designed to allow students to increase their ability to read, evaluate, and present scientific information. The development of critical thinking, verbal and written communication skills will be stressed.
During the semester, each student will complete the following:
-2 15 minute power point presentations on a scientific article of the student’s choice (50%)
-2 2-page review papers on the same articles (40%)
-Class participation (10%)
-Completion of the geoscience capstone examination (0%)
In this class, the following numerical equivalents for grades are used: A = 100-90% | B = 89-80% | C = 79-70% | D = 69-60% | F = 59-0%.
Essays should adhere to the following format:
-2 pages long, double spaced, normal (default) margins.
-Introduction and conclusions are required, but each should only be 2-3 sentences long.
-The body of the essay should answer ALL of the following questions:
-What did you like about this essay in terms of content and style?
-What did you dislike about the essay in terms of content and style?
-Do you agree or disagree with the conclusions of the author(s)? Why or why not?
-What did you not understand about this paper?
Power Point and Journal Paper Criteria:
-All journal papers selected for presentation must be from peer reviewed journals (popular science articles are not acceptable).
-All papers must be approved by Dr. Carlucci and will be posted publically on D2L at least two days prior to the presentation date.
-Power points must be at least ten slides long and include both images and text. Professional formatting is required.
For all assignments, the late penalty is 5% per
working day (25% per week). No assignments will be accepted after Wednesday of finals week.
Attendance is required. Absences can only be excused by contacting me in advance. Absences presented after the class is over will not be accommodated except in rare circumstances. I reserve the right to drop any student from the class who has more than 3 unexcused absences. Attendance will be used to make decisions on the final grade score of students who are on the border between two letter grades.