||Dr. Arlene Courtney, NS 112
||M 9-11; W 9-11, W 1-2 (other hours by appointment)
Michael Alley, "The Craft of Scientific
Garson, "The ACS Style Guide"
| Course Description:
||Each student will prepare
and present a public seminar on an approved chemistry or forensic
||Targetting the Audience
Seminar Draft Outline Due
to Visual Aids
|Ch 4 pp.113-139
Abstract Form (due to instructor in electronic form)
||Ch 4 pp. 140-152
Formalized Outline Due to Instructor
||Delivering the Seminar
Annotated Bibliography Due
||Ch 4 pp. 153-164
Seminar Draft Slides Completed
This means your seminar is ready to be presented in a dress rehearsal
|Week of 5/20
(schedule to be published)
Academic Excellence Day
The Presentation of Seminars
|Week of 6/03
Chemistry Exit Exam (schedule
to be determined)- You will not receive a grade in Ch 407 until you have taken the exit exam which is a graduation requirement.
| A: 276-300
F: Below 180
- Draft Outline (5 pts)
- Electronic Abstract (30 pts)
- Formal Outline (10 pts)
- Chemical Abstracts Search (15 pts)
- Annotated Bibliography (20 pts)
- Draft Slides (20 pts)
- The main objective of this class is for
you to develop a topic of current interest, do a complete literature
search, and prepare and deliver a public seminar on this topic. All
seminars will be delivered on Thursday May 30 during Academic Excellence
Day. There will be no exceptions. The seminar will be graded by a panel
- The seminar MUST
be 30 minutes in length to pass this course. You will have 30-35
minutes for your presentation followed by a 5-10 minute question period.
- Your literature search must involve a Chemical
Abstracts and on-line database search. You will prepare an annotated
bibliography of all the sources that you use in preparing your seminar.
You MUST have journal articles
among your references. More details about the annotated bibliography
will be available via the Moodle class site. The annotated bibliography
is to be printed and copies distributed during your seminar.
- If you do not have at least two references
from primary literature sources such as peer reviewed scientific journals
(remember that definition from Ch 350?), your topic is not acceptable
for use as a seminar topic. You may use internet resources, but they
may NOT comprise the bulk
of your references.
- Your seminar will be done using Powerpoint
as your visual aid tool. You may do a demonstration if it is appropriate
to your topic. You may also insert video into your presentation if it
is directly needed to clarify some point you need to make during your
seminar. Video clips in which someone else is delivering the spoken
content must be limited to 2 minutes or less. A clip may be longer if
you are doing a voice over during the showing of the video..
- This seminar is a formal presentation.
You will dress in a professional
manner to present your seminar which means a dress, skirt or suit for
women and a tie and sport coat or suit for men. You might as well get
used to this type of attire as it is what is expected of you when you
go to a job interview!
- Everyone will give a draft presentation
of their seminars. Your draft presentation will likely not be during
the normal class period. Please make time in your schedule for the dress
rehearsals. You must attend at least two dress rehearsals other than
your own. From past experience, the more you support each other, the
better your seminars will be.
Other Course Requirements
- You have several other assignments that
are required. The electronic abstract is the description of your seminar
that will be published in the Academic Excellence Day Proceedings volume.
All assignments MUST be turned in
on the date due. Failure to turn in the assignment on time will result
in receiving a zero for that assignment. DO
NOT EVEN ASK for extensions. Assignments will be turned in electronically via the Moodle site. Once the upload period is expired, Moodle will no longer allow you to upload an assignment.
- If you faithfully complete your assignments,
you will stay on schedule and have a seminar to present on the
- You must take the chemistry exit exam, a chemistry graduation requirement, to receive a grade in Ch 407. This exam will be administered outside the normal class time during "dead" week.
Last Modified March 20, 2013