BMB170c_2011_Guidelines_for_oral_presentations - 7 Did the...

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Guidelines for oral presentations Powerpoint presentations are encouraged but not required, you can use other means of presentation if you feel more comfortable with them and/or if that fits your topic better. In general, chalk talks can look deceptively easy but are harder to prepare and organize. If you decided to use chalk, rehearse at the board! Here are some general guidelines for putting together a presentation: Introduction 1. What are the questions that the authors wanted to address? 2. Why are these questions important? 3. What are the existing models, if any? Body 4. How did the scientists address the question? What were the designs and rationales behind the experiments? 5. What were the results? Conclusion/Discussion 6. How did the results improve our understanding of the field (e.g., did they support an existing model, or did they put forward new models or raise new possibilities?) Or if you disagree with the authors’ conclusions, point out why.
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Unformatted text preview: 7. Did the studies raise any new questions? What can be done next? Some tips on presentation: 1. Spend at least a quarter to a third of your presentation time for introduction. Describe the big picture that the question fits in, and why it is important. That means if you have a 20–30 minute presentation, spend 5–10 minutes setting up the stage. 2. Set your pace. A good rule of thumb is to have one slide per minute of talk. 3. Do not have too many things on each slide. Don’t try to show every piece of data. Everything on each slide should be meaningful to your story. Chip away anything not directly relevant. 4. Time your talk, and rehearse. Nobody, even the professionals, manage to give a good talk without practicing. You need to know what you want to say for each slide. If you are still searching for the right words while you are standing up there before the screen, you will be surprised at how fast time flies!...
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This note was uploaded on 01/03/2012 for the course BI 170c taught by Professor List during the Fall '09 term at Caltech.

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