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NS 401 Natural Science Colloquium
Gabor, Timothy M.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

NS 401 Natural Science Colloquium

Semester

SP 2006 HO

Faculty

Gabor, Timothy M.

Title

Associate Professor of Biology

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D.

Office Location

SC 113A

Office Hours

T 9:15-11:00, 12:30-1:00, 2:15-4:00; W 9:30-11:00; H 12:30-1:00

Daytime Phone

(816) 584-6869

E-Mail

tim.gabor@park.edu

Semester Dates

9 January -- 7 May 2006

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

1:00 - 2:15 PM

Credit Hours

0:2:1


Textbook:
None Required

http://park.edu/tgabor

Course Description:
A regularly scheduled colloquium based on formal presentations of students, faculty, and guests.  The presentations are based upon current periodical literature, and the presentation of an abstract and bibliography is required.  Required of all senior students within the school as designated by the department.  May be repeated for credit.  0:2:1.

Educational Philosophy:
In this class, the instructor will attempt to create an interactive learning environment based on student and guest presentations, class discussions, and various technology.  Each student is encouraged to discuss and debate their views on both the content and manner of the presentations. Critical thinking and skepticism are the cornerstones of science and the foundations to uncovering the truth.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Proficiently produce a scientific abstract and bibliography based upon research or literature review
  2. Compose, design, and organize a scientific presentation using PowerPoint
  3. Deliver an oral presentation in an orderly, concise, and scientific format that follows the fundamentals of good oral communication
  4. Evaluate peer presentations for content and delivery
Class Assessment:
Presentations, bibliographies, abstracts, reviews of presentations, attendance

Grading:
Short presentation                      150 points
Short abstract & bibliography            50
Long presentation                       250
Long abstract & bibliography            100
Participation (reviews & attendance)    150
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Total                                   700 points


Grading scale:
90%+     = A
80-89.9% = B
70-79.9% = C
60-69.9% = D
<60%     = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments are due during the class period on their due date.  Assignments not received and presentations not presented by this time will be given a grade of zero.  Emergency situations that can be documented will be handled on a case by case basis with the instructor.  All other excused and unexcused absences must personally hand the instructor the assignment or make arrangements for the assignment to be hand delivered before the due date.  Assignments that are mailed, e-mailed, slid under the door, etc. will not be graded.  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Cellular phones, beepers, and other communication devices are not allowed in class.  Disruption of class by one of these devices will result in that student being counted as absent for the day and removed from the class for the day.  Students suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be reported to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and removed from the class.  Disruptive behavior (as deemed by the instructor) such as loud talking, snoring, going to the bathroom/snack machine/soda machine during class time, etc. will result in removal of the student from the class for the day and the student will be considered absent.  Multiple disruptions (loud talking, cell phone, etc.) over the semester will lead to withdrawal of the student from the class by the instructor.

WEEK #

TOPIC

1

Introduction

2

Guest Presentation

3

Short presentations

4

Short presentations

5

Short presentations

6

Short presentations

7

Short presentations

8

Short presentations

9

SPRING BREAK

10

Long presentations

11

Long presentations

12

Long presentations

13

Long presentations

14

Long presentations

15

Long presentations

16

Long presentations


Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
7. Four (4) unexcused absences will result in a grade of "F" for the class.

8. Each unexcused absence will result in 35 points (5%)being deducted from a students final grade.

9. Disruptions to presentations (tardiness, leaving early, going to the bathroom, ringing phones) are unprofessional and disrespectful to the speaker.  Points will be deducted for such behavior as the instructor sees fit.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:

NS 401 Short Presentation Assignment


 


Create and deliver an oral presentation that last 11-15 minutes using PowerPoint.  This presentaion should use one peer-reviewed, scientific research study (not a literature review or opinion) approved by the instructor.  The student is to present the study as if they were one of the co-authors and it was their research.  The complete article should be provided to the class at least 1 week prior to the presentation.


 


NS 401 Long Presentation Assignment—Core Assessment


Create and deliver an oral presentation that lasts 18-22 minutes using PowerPoint that reviews the literature of a natural science topic approved by the instructor.  The student should also provide an abstract of the presentation (1 page, double spaced) and a bibliography of pertinent sources (10+ peer-reviewed articles) to the class at least 1 week prior to making the presentation. The abstract and bibliography should be written in proper CSE format. 



 


The abstract and bibliography should:


A1. Provide a bibliography that contains pertinent citations in CSE format.


A2. Provide a concise abstract that summarizes the main facts and concepts being presented.


A3. Be written with proper grammar, correct spelling, and in an organized and legible manner.



 


The presentation and/or presenter should:


P1. Deliver the presentation at a consistent, clear pace that is audible and understandable to the audience within the time allotted.


P2. Transition clearly from introduction to body to conclusion and from point to point within each section.


P3. Supply visual information such as text, tables, graphs, etc. that have good contrast and visibility with proper grammar, spelling, and labeling.


P4. Present at an educational level slightly above the audience (mostly bachelor's students).


P5. Provide a review of scientific information pertinent to the topic in an orderly and logical progression.


P6. Answer questions from the audience effectively to extent possible at the college level.


P7. Avoid distracting habits common to oral presentations (e.g. excessive “umms”, shifting weight, hand fiddling, reading, etc.).


P8. Dress and act appropriately for a scientific presentation to colleagues (e.g. eye contact, posture).

































































































CORE ASSESSMENT RUBRIC - Course Name and Number ____NS 401—Natural Science Coolloquium_____________


 


 


 


 


 


Competency


Exceeds Expectation                    (3)


Meets Expectation                   (2)


Does Not Meet Expectation (1)


No Evidence                     (0)


Critical Thinking


 


 


 


 


Synthesis              Outcomes -1


  Uses 12 or more peer-reviewed citations


 Uses 9-11 peer-reviewed citations


  Uses 6-8 peer-reviewed citations


 Uses lees than 6 peer-reviewed citations


Analysis          Outcomes -1,2,3


Demonstrates mastery of A2, P4, P5, and P6 assignment items


Demonstrates mastery of 3 of A2, P4, P5, P6 assignment items, competent in remainder


Demonstrates mastery of 1or 2 of A2, P4, P5, P6 assignment items


Does not demonstrate mastery of A2, P4, P5, P6 assignment items


Evaluation          Outcomes -1,2,3


Answered audience questions above college level.


Answered audience questions at college level.


Answered audience questions below college level or provided incorrect answers


Did not answer audience questions, provided incorrect answers, and answered question below college level


Content


 


 


 


 


Terminology          Outcome -1,2,3


No factual errors


 1-2 factual errors


  3-4 factual errors


  5+ factual errors


Concepts          Outcome -1,2,3


Demonstrates mastery of P7 &P8 assignment items.


Demonstrated competence in P7 & P8 assignment items.


Demonstrated competence in 1 of P7-P8 assignment items.


Did not demonstrate competence in P7 or P8.


Application          Outcomes -1,2,3


Demonstrates mastery of P1-P3 assignment items.


Demonstrates mastery of 2 of P1-P3 assignment items, competent in remainder.


Demonstrates mastery of 1 of P1-P3 assignment items.


Demonstrates mastery of 0 of P1-P3 assignment items.


Technical Skills


 


 


 


 


Whole Artifact          Outcome -


Demonstrate mastery of A1, A2, & A3 assignment items


Demonstrate competency in  A1, A2, & A3 assignment items


Demonstrates competency in 1 or 2 of assignment items A1, A2, or A3.


Does not demonstrate competence in A1, A2, or A3 assignment items


Component          Outcome -1


 In abstract and bibliography, no errors in writing conventions.


 In abstract and bibliography, 1-3 errors in writing conventions.


 In abstract and bibliography, 4-6 errors in writing conventions.


 In abstract and bibliography, 7+ errors in writing conventions.


M/LL or Graduate            Outcome -


 n/a


 n/a


 n/a


 n/a


 


 


 


 


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