Schedule for short presentations (techniques/model organisms/medical applications) Biol 5304 2021
Guidelines for the Short Presentation
The content of the presentation will be an description of a research technique, a model organism used in research, or a medical application of research. Presentations will be 4-5 minutes in length. Students will select a topic and date in the first week of the semester during a meeting with the instructor. Students should use computer presentations (e.g., PowerPoint, Keynote, pdf). Textbook figures (jpg files) will be provided, when available, to aid in the presentations. A copy of the presentation should be emailed to the instructor for approval at least 1 day in advance of the date given. If it is received early enough, feedback from the instructor is possible. Upload the final version to Canvas.The first slide of the presentation should have a title and the student's name, followed by 2-3 additional slides with text and figures. Figures from the textbook will be provided to you. It might be beneficial to obtain additional figures or information from other sources. If so, it is necessary to provide proper acknowledgement. Initially, you will have two options for the presentation. It may be given remotely during synchronous classroom sessions, using Zoom. Alternatively, it may be given from the classroom using the DTEN screen, by connecting from a laptop computer. (Open Zoom on your computer, select "ShareScreen", and type in the code from the DTEN screen.) The presentations will be recorded along with the scheduled lecture by the instructor, and posted on Canvas. Or other options might be possible.
Tips for an effective presentation: Use a simple background. A complex background can make it difficult to read text and see images. Pay attention to contrast between text and background. Use the wide screen setting (16 x 9). Make images and text as large as possible (e.g. the smallest text should be at least 40 pt). Do not use too much text in your slides. Avoid the situation where you are reading the text for an extended time, while the audience is reading it with you. The text should provide the cues for what you intend to say, rather than every word. It is generally helpful to have a title on each slide that states the main point. For example: “DNA fragments can be separated by size using gel electrophoresis” In addition to an introduction to the topic, and a description of how the technique works, what it is used for, why the model organism is useful, etc., it is important to have a smooth conclusion. Practice your presentation with your study group members to get their comments. It will help you achieve the proper length of time.
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