course, you are asked to present papers as well as results of your
projects. If you are not happy with the assigned work, you can
suggest alternative related topics you can present including topics that
you have expertise in. This page provides guidelines regarding how to do so.
The following is a general advice on how to prepare presentations.
- The slide show should contain minimum of five slides:
- Identify the article/chapter and you. Please
abbreviate your name to first initials.
- Give permission for the instructor to post the material to the
web or ask for the work to be kept confidential.
- Give the motivation for the paper/chapter (What is the issue
being addressed? Why is it important?).
- Describe the methods used by the paper/chapter. Give
details so the audience can judge the reasonableness of the approach.
- Describe results in detail.
- Open a discussion that you will lead in class.
All students are expected to participate in the discussion.
- All presentations should be
Hand in your presentations during class time when they are expected.
If you are taking the course online mail your presentations on a compact
disk to your instructor.
- Do not read from your slides. Ad lib. If you read your
slides in your recording, please revise and shorten the text after you
have completed the recording. The
best advice is to write complete sentences to the slide before narration
but after narration abbreviate the sentences to a few words that the
reader can use to follow your narration.
- You are welcomed to copy tables or figures from the full text articles/chapters
and insert them in your presentations. Make sure that your
presentation walks the class
through such tables and figures, by describing the components of it before
suggesting the conclusion derived from them. You can copy the
entire screen by using Control and Print Screen command. Otherwise
you can copy a specific image by selecting it and copying it to
clipboard and then inserting it into the slide.
- You are tasked to facilitate the discussion and
not to present your views. You
need to present what is in the reading and not your personal point of
view. If you have to do so, you can end with your own personal
views at end of your presentation.
- The presentation cannot be more than 15 minutes but can be
- Your peers will evaluate your presentation on the basis of whether
they understood the content and whether it was presented in an engaging
fashion. Your presentation will be judged successful to the extent
that you can solicit your colleagues comments and input. So do your best to engage them.
- If you are not sure, please contact the author. Most faculty
are reachable by phone and they can help you understand their
publication. Send an email to the author of the paper asking them
the question you have. Networking with the author will also help
- In addition to presentation during
assigned classes, maintain a copy of all of your presentations and hand
them in on one compact disk at end of the course.