PHYS328 SCIENCE SEMINAR
||Dr. John D. Reid
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||mon wed fri 10:00-12:00
OR BY APPOINTMENT!!!
|Meeting Time: 2:10-3:30 Tues, Thurs
There will be brief weekly quizzes every Thursday unless otherwise
announced. Quizzes are "open notes", and cover material presented in
previous classes. The lowest two quizzes will be dropped.
Each Tuesday (unless otherwise announced) you are to submit a summary of
an article from a science periodical. The requirements of the summary
Each person will be required to give two presentations during the
- The periodical must come from my list of periodicals which is found
on my web page. I will be happy to add other periodicals that you may
wish to use.
- The article must be less than a year old.
- The summary must be typed, double spaced and about 1 page in length.
- You are exempt from this assignment during the weeks you are giving
- A copy of the article must be attached to your summary.
- The summary must contain a proper reference to the article using this
format: "title of the article", author (if given), title of publication,
volume (if given), page, date of article
- The summary must contain information from at least one other source
along with a reference. This source can include other periodicals, text
books, library books, etc. (For this summary the web will not be
an acceptable source.)
- You should plan your presentation to last about 20 minutes.
- For the first presentation topics must be preapproved by me
no later than 1 week prior.
- For the second presentation topics must be preapproved by me
no later than 2 weeks prior. Along with the topic you must
submit a primary reference, which will be distributed to the class
prior to your presentation. (See "assignments" below.)
- Presentation dates will be scheduled for each person.
- Swapping dates with others is ok with my approval.
- Because the success of the seminar depends on your
participation, there will be a grading penalty for "no-shows".
- As part of your presentation you must submit a detailed, typed summary
of your presentation of no less than 2 pages.
- Your summary must include at least 3 references and no more than one
one third of these can be from the web.
- At the end of your presentation you must submit to the class 3
questions addressed to the class and intended to provoke discussion.
- The class is expected to ask questions of the speaker and you will be
partly graded on your response to these questions.
For each person's second presentation, each person (excluding the
presenter) must submit typewritten, duplicate copies of two
questions one class prior to the presentation. One copy will go to
the speaker and I will retain one copy for grading. Include
There may, on occasion, be other assignments.
- your name
- topic of presentation
- name of speaker
- date of seminar
Each person will be required to evaluate the presentations of others. I
will distribute evaluation forms before presentations. The evaluation
will be graded. The evaluation will, however, not effect the grade of the
presenter. After my review of the evaluations they will be submitted
anonymously to the presenter.
Two papers will be required during the semester. Each is due no later
than 2 weeks after your presentation. Topics must be preapproved.
Using the topics of your presentation is encouraged. It is
expected that the papers will deal with the topics in more depth than the
presentation and perhaps include issues resulting from class discussions.
You should assume the reader did not attend your presentation. The level
of detail should be greater than that of the presentation.
Participation is class discussion is expected and I will keep a record of
Each student will submit 3 questions before the final. They will be short
essay question covering topics discusses in the course. The questions
cannot deal directly with your own specific presentation or paper. The
questions will be graded as an assignment. I will distribute all
questions to the class before the final and use them to make the
final along with questions of my own. How many of the student's questions
are used will depend on the quality of the questions.
|Evaluations of Presentations
It is expected that you will keep notes during seminar (including
discussions, presentations, videos, etc). You may uses these notes
during quizzes and during the final.
The internet contains a wealth of useful information. Be aware,
that some of that information does not meet the standards required for
publication in recognized scientific references. In particular,
information found on the net may not have undergone the peer-review
process routinely required for formal publication. If you use the
internet, you are responsible for choosing only those sources associated
with recognized scientific or educational organizations. If you are not
sure about the suitability of a source, ask about it.