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will be your responsibility to strive to maintain a respectful and professional tone during your discussions. However, should you be unable to do so despite warnings (note the plural) that some aspect of your behavior requires correction, be aware that such a pattern of behavior may result in discipline in accordance with the University’s non-academic offence policy [2011–12 Calendar, Part 4, Section 6]. The basic rule is that a classroom should be a safe place in which to engage in intellectual debate. We must all work together to make sure that our classroom meets this standard. You will be expected to write a number of reports during this course, some short (half a page), and some longer (a few pages). In each case, you are expected to write using full sentences and proper paragraph structure. Extensions to published deadlines will only be granted in case of illness or other, equally serious and documentable extenuating circumstance. Contact me as soon as possible if you find yourself in this situation. Be prepared to provide evidence to support your request for an extension (e.g. a doctor’s note in the case of illness). Informal evidence (e.g. the testimony of friends or parents) is not generally acceptable. 3 Course components 3.1 Library instruction You will be trained to use SciFinder Scholar and the Web of Science. These are basic tools used to seek out information from the research literature. There will be two assignments based on the skills you will have acquired using these tools. You will also use these tools in completing your term projects. Library instruction will be held in a computer lab in order to allow you to try the tools out yourself. These sessions will be held on January 12 , 17 and 19 in room E620 . It is possible that additional sessions will be scheduled later on, although none are planned at this time. 3.2 Seminars Among other things, the departmental seminars run in our time slot. Speakers from other universities and from industry will be coming to talk to us about what they’re doing. Some of the talks will be pure scientific talks, while others will discuss the practice of chemistry in industry. You are expected to participate actively in the seminars by asking questions during the question period. Your participation will be judged both for its quality (i.e. asking good questions, and not just things like “I didn’t understand slide 4”) and quantity. An average of one good question per seminar would get you full participation marks. (Note that simple questions are OK. They are in fact sometimes a useful prelude to asking a deeper question. It’s just that, from the point of view of evaluating your participation, I want you to ask some of those deeper questions.) For each talk, you will also be expected to prepare a technical summary of about half a page (typed, single spaced, with margins of no more than 1.5 in/4 cm). For these summaries, imagine that you are working for a company. Your company has paid for you to attend a scientific meeting, and expects you to collect information and bring it back so that others at the company can benefit from your trip. Your summary
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