NS 401 Natural Science Seminar
SP 2012 HOZ
Williams, Donald L.
Associate Professor of Biology
Ed. D. July, 1998, Science (Biology) and cognate in Natural Resources and Environmental Mangt., Ball State UniversityM. A. August, 1978, Biology, Western State College, Gunnison, ColoradoB. A. May, 1970, Biology and Secondary Education, Kansas Wesleyan University
M-W-F, 11-12 a.m.; M--R-,1-5 pm; T-R, 9-12 am
January 16–May 13, 2012
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In this class, the instructor will attempt to create an interactive learning environment utilizing lectures, class discussions, and various technologies. Critical thinking and skepticism are the cornerstones of science and the foundations to uncovering the truth about the natural world. Course topics will be presented and discussed with these foundations in mind.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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 (1page, 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:
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).
Link to Class RubricGrading:
Abstract for long presentation--150 pts. (15%)
Long Presentation (Core Assessment)--450 pts. (45%)
Peer reviews of presentations--150 pts. (15%)
Letter Grades: A = 90-100%; B = 80-89%; C = 70-79%; D = 60-69%; F = 0-59%
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Last Updated:1/22/2012 6:33:04 PM