BIOL 5800: Research Colloquium ­p; Fall 2016
Course web site: here
The course is designed to provide practice with oral communication of scientific
findings for graduate students in the Department of Biology. The format
involves the design and execution of an oral presentation on current research
projects and students will be assessed by the instructor and classmates.
Presentations will be open to all members of the department and feedback
from members of the audience will be solicited.
Time & Location: Mondays, 1:10- 2:00 pm, Macelwane 334
Instructor: Bill Stark
Office and contact information: MW 111 (7-7151); email@example.com
Office hrs. whenever I am there with open door or by appointment,
Students will be able to:
- prepare a research presentation
- deliver a research presentation
- judge the quality of research presentations
Assessment & Grades
For those enrolled for zero credit, attendance at all classes
For those enrolled for one credit, assignments and your presentation
will serve as the basis for your grade. It is expected that you will also
attend all talks.
1. Critique both departmental promotion seminars: Attend Miller (Aug
26) and Knouft (Sept 2) departmental talks and e-mail to me by Sept 7
(firstname.lastname@example.org) brief evaluations, focussing on effective and ineffective
aspects of the presentations. I will compile comments (anonymously) and
distribute them to the class for discussion on Sept 12.
2. Design a talk on your research: Create power point presentation that
should be vetted with your mentor a week in advance of the scheduled
presentation. Students will then submit to me the PowerPoint and
a .pdf of the PowerPoint by Wednesday (email@example.com) before the Monday
presentation..I will post the .pdf and link it to the schedule.
3. Presentation: Students will give a 20 minute talk to the class and other
departmental members, followed by a question and answer period. I will make
an audio recording and likk the PodCast to the schedule.
4. Participation: Students must attend class (just one excused absence)
and participate in discussions. They are also to e-mail to the instructor
on the Monday of the presentation short written evaluations of each presenter
(firstname.lastname@example.org) which will be compiled and provided anonymously to the
Grades will be consistent with previous years and appropriate for
graduate sutudents (i.e. generous) provided students show up for class and
submit critiques of talks (and, for 1 credit students, give a presentation).
It should be noted that professors are required to post a grading
scale on their syllabus.
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