Handout 3: 1/22/99
Specification for daily presentations
Each student will be responsible for presenting one chapter of the text and for
serving as a discussant on two other chapters. The duties of each of these
roles is described below.
Duties of the presenter
- Prepare and present a 10 to 20 minute overview of the material in the
chapter. Use overheads. Include your name on the first overhead.
- Turn in an electronic copy of the overheads for inclusion in the course's
archive of materials. Acceptable formats for this material includes any of the
following (in rough order of preference):
- PowerPoint, either Office 98 (Macintosh), Office 97 (PC), or
PowerPoint 4. Do not use later formats than Office 98 as processing of the
slides will most likely be done on a Macintosh.
- ASCII text
Duties of the discussant
Duties of the class as a whole
- Have discussion questions ready on the material covered in the chapter.
These questions could include issues raised in the chapter but not adequately
explained, apparent errors, elements that have become dated with current
- Find an example of material related to the chapter, not covered in
the chapter, and be prepared to describe it briefly.
- Each class member should have done the reading before class and be prepared
to participate in the discussions.
I expect that we will have a PC and projection equipment available at each
class. However, the PC will, in general, not be connected to the
If due to time conflicts or other reasons you are unable to schedule a daily
presentation, you should prepare an independent research topic presentation of
equivalent length. You will need to schedule a time with the instructor to
present this to the class. There should be no difficulty with scheduling
discussant duties, as more than two discussants can be assigned to a particular
You may find the lecture slides from a previous class to be of use. These can
be accessed off of the course's Web site. Please remember, however, that these
slides were intended to be presented over the entire 50 minute course period,
so your presentations will have to be much more concise.