Course Details

Course Number: 4001  Section Number: 201

Spring 2014

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 121

Days & Times:

F 1300-1400

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Rodney L. Cate   
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Course Objectives


The presentation will be 18 – 22 minutes in length. Deviation from this time interval may result in deductions from the score. Presentation is to be with MS PowerPoint software.

Comments from the Faculty and the fellow students and grades from the presentation are combined with attendance and the abstract score to determine the final grade for the seminar.

Course Expectations


Title and paper selection is due on January 31, and abstracts for the talk due on February 7. Two weeks prior to the scheduled presentation, the presenter should check with the instructor to view the slide show. This will provide sufficient time to make any changes that may arise from that meeting. Do NOT miss these deadlines.


The abstract is to be limited to 200 words describing the topic in detail to outline the intent or subject matter of the presentation in original wording by the presenter. Submit the abstract electronically to in MS word format. The abstract will include full references to the paper(s) used (e.g. author(s), title, journal title, publication date, volume, and page numbers).


The topic of the presentation will be from current literature of chemistry or a field in which chemistry is the major component. Inorganic, Organic, Biochemical, Analytical and Physical Chemistry are the traditional areas.  Literature searches can be made with the search engine – “Scifinder Scholar” from any computers. See the next page for how to self-register and sign-in to “Scifinder”. All journals issued by the American Chemical Society are available free of charge from MSU computers and can be obtained through the link below:



1. Any printed matter on a slide should help make a point about the subject. Professional presentations will not contain superfluous images, or elaborate color schemes. White (or very light) backgrounds with black text are most common. Color fonts or bold type are frequently used to emphasize a point in a list of information.

2. Use fonts that are easily seen (26 – 34 point) – that is, do not crowd the slide with large amounts of text that require 12 point font to get it all on the slide. A slide is to present a basic, clear concept that is expounded upon verbally.

3. Some points to remember about a slide presentation are to organize, organize, and organize. A professional presentation should include title, introduction, experimental section, results and discussion, conclusion and acknowledgments.

4.  Timing is about 2 – 3 minutes per slide for experienced presenters. This suggests that there be no more than 6 to 10 slides for a talk of this length (20 minutes). A one-hour talk will have about 25 slides. However – If everything to be said is on slides, you will lose the impact a presentation should have. Practice!

5. The presenter should speak to the audience. Reading slides to the audience is crass, and should be avoided at all costs. To prevent this situation, practice the talk in a room alone. Professional presentations are typically rehearsed about 6 times. This will give the confidence and contact with the topic that is needed for good verbal presentation. It will also help determine how many slides are necessary.

6. After preparing your presentation, it is an excellent idea to prepare to answer questions about the subject of the presentation. Some background reading on the topic is essential.

7. Practice voice and diction. Clear diction and sufficient volume is essential in being understood during a presentation.

Grading Standards

A: > 90%; B: 80 – 89%; C: 70 – 79 %; D: 55 – 69 %; F < 55%

Submission Format Policy


The presentation will be 18 – 22 minutes in length. Deviation from this time interval may result in deductions from the score. Presentation is to be with MS PowerPoint software.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


Other Policies


* All students should refer to the MSU Student Handbook for university policies related student responsibilities, rights and activities

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.