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Instructions for the group projects Each group will research the assigned topic and prepare three things: 1. a five-minute presentation on the subject, complete with a single powerpoint slide for reference. Complicated animations (e.g., text turning off or on) are best avoided, but I’ve seen short (15 second) video clips work well for certain topics. Occasionally, students have prepared slides with images saved or pasted in unconventional formats (.jpgs generally work well) , only to find that their slide will not run on a computer that doesn’t have some critical program. The slide should show data supporting your talk. If everyone in the group wants to talk, great – if instead, the group decides to just have one student talk, well that’s great too. Please do not spend 1 of your 5 minutes introducing yourselves and saying what sub-topic you’re going to cover. 2. a poster prepared in acrobat, or prepared in powerpoint and saved as a .pdf file. The poster should not be the slide saved as a different format – it very well may share a background image and some of the same data and text, but will include much more detail. 3. a pair of questions on your topic that we may use on the final exam. We will grade both (i) your in-class presentation and your slide, and (ii) your poster. The best two posters from each section will be printed and taped up by the 1510 labs. You should read these through and be ready to answer questions from them for the final. So there’s a bonus: do a good job on the group project, and get to write questions for the final that you’ll know the answer to! You will upload your 3 files to t-square no later than 20:00 (8:00 PM) the day before your presentation. I strongly recommend not waiting until 19:50 to start this process. I will send out another set of instructions for uploading in a few days.
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A note about the sourcing of your information: You may of course use such sources as wikipedia and google to find information, but simply cutting and pasting text from any source is plagiarism and is really bad. Like, grade-of-zero / visit-with-the-honor- council bad. Read your sources’ work and digest it for yourselves – then write out your own synthesis of what you’ve learned. Images and graphs of data are different. As long as you are not trampling someone’s copyrights, cutting and pasting a slide of the organism you’re talking about and/or a slide giving evidence for the relationship between factor X and result Y are fine. A note about contributing: All group members are expected to contribute their fair share to the project. If someone in your group is not making an effort to meet with the rest of the group or to do their assigned task, let us know immediately. We can do much more to solve such problems before the presentation than we can after it. Students who do not contribute to the projects will get a zero.
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What follows are a series of past efforts some good, some bad. Follow the good examples, and you’ll do fine
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