|Chem 432||R. Paselk|
|Office Hours: MW 1400-1450 (SA 560a); TTh 0800-0850 (GH 122); other times by appointment||Phone: x 5719
Each student will present a nominal one-hour seminar (approximately 45 to 50 minutes followed by approximately 10 to 15 minutes of questions for the presenter) to Chemistry students & instructor (the speaker may also invite guests if they wish). The seminar will be evaluated on content (emphasis on biochemical toxicology content), organization and context of the topic within the field of biochemical toxicology, visual and oral presentation style, citation of references, and ability to answer pertinent questions, among other things.
Students in the course will choose their topic, in consultation with me. Among potential sources of current topics are the mini-reviews in "News and Views" in Nature, or "News Focus" or "Perspectives" in Science published over the past year. They have the advantage of providing a great starting point and providing a reading for the class.
The seminar given is expected to be relatively narrow in scope and must include references to the primary literature that places the topic in context (background) as well as to appropriate recent primary literature to demonstrate the current interest and knowledge in the topic.
The seminar presentation must be 45-50 minutes in length. In order to accomplish this time limit, you must practice your presentation multiple times before your actual scheduled seminar time. (The classroom, the Computational Chemistry Laboratory in room 565, has computer projection facilities and is generally available 24/7 outside of scheduled classes, and you can request access to that room. Room schedules are available on-line: http://www.humboldt.edu/~oaa/roomgrid-index.shtml)
(A suggestion as a start is to have approximately one slide per minute, so if you need a 45 minute presentation, about 45 slides are needed. On the other hand, I have seen successful seminars with half that number of slides. It really depends on how much info you have on your slides and the type of info and how much explanation it requires.)
You may use Microsoft PowerPoint or html if you wish; transparencies or 35 mm slides are also acceptable.
If you wish to use PowerPoint slides remember that our room DOES NOT have a computer. You may bring your own laptop, ask me to use my iBook, or arrange to check out a laptop from Media. In any case make sure you try your seminar on the computer you will be using prior to your presentation - technology is not always transferrable!
Attendance is required of all students for all seminars and will be recorded.
Grading: Your seminar grade will be based on:
© R A Paselk
Last modified 19 January 2009