This is an old version of the class. Please see the 2017 version instead.
Instructions for Students' In-Class Presentations
18% of grade. Various dates: see the schedule.
The various topics that people can choose among are in a GoogleDoc here:
This document should be editable by people in the class, and viewable by anyone with the link. If you are in the class and not able to edit the file, please send the professor your gmail account information.
There are fewer topics than people, so multiple people can pick the same topic -- most topics have plenty of material to share. Also, feel free to add new topics, if you find something missing. We can see if we can find material about it.
Action Item for now (deadline: Friday, March 8, 2013):
- Enter your name by the one topic you would most like to present, replacing the ???? in the "Presented by:" line. (Or enter a new topic and put your name by it)
- Enter which date(s) you would like to present. Note that some people need to present early, with the advantage that you are done early as well. See the list of dates in the schedule.
- Each person who chooses a topic must insure that there are at least 2 or 3 important readings for that topic, which the person can cover in their talk. Thus, if there are two (2) people sharing a topic, there must be 4 or 6 important readings -- 2 or 3 for each person.
For the actual presentations, you will need to do the following:
- At least two weeks before your presentation, send the professor the 2 to 3 articles that the whole class should read and any more articles that the class might also want to read (the "Required" and "Optional" readings). The professor will enter these into the schedule, so people in the class can read them before your presentation.
- Each person on a topic should prepare a presentation of at least 20-minutes on the topic. Thus, if there are two people on the same topic, each one should present for 20 minutes (40 minutes total). You will need to coordinate with other people on the same topic, to make sure there is no overlap in what you are presenting.
- Your talks can expand to fill the entire lecture period. Thus, if there are 2 people talking, you can each take up to 40 minutes. If there are 3 people talking, they you can take up to 26.6 minutes each. Covering your material better by taking a longer time would be considered better. (Often it is easier to take longer than to figure out how to make the material fit into a shorter time.) If the different people on your day arrange with each other to take different amounts of time, that would be OK too, as long as the minimum is 20 minutes and you let me know in advance (e.g., two people where one person takes 20 minutes and the other person takes 60 minutes is OK if you let me know that this is your plan).
- Send me your slides by 10:00pm on the night before your presentation, either in PowerPoint (pptx) or Acrobat (pdf) format. Be sure your name is on (at least) the first slide. I will put your slides on the class's schedule page, on the open web, so you might want a copyright notice on the slides.
- During class, during each presentation, the class will be asked to fill out this form, to evaluate and grade each presentation.
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