Approved by Faculty Senate.

 

University Studies Course Approval

 

Department or Program: Chemistry

Course Number: 475

Semester Hours: 1

Frequency of Offering: Once per academic year, ~8 students per section, one section.

Course Title: Seminar in Chemistry

Catalog Description: Group discussions and papers presented in the field of chemistry. Meets one credit toward the University Studies Oral/Communication Flag requirement.

Prerequisites: 20 semester hours of chemistry. Offered yearly.

This is an existing course previously approved by A2C2: Yes

This is a new course proposal: No

Proposal Category: Oral Flag

Departmental Contact: Charla S. Miertschin

Email Address: cmiertschin@winona.edu

ORAL COMMUNICATIONS FLAG COURSE PROPOSAL

Chemistry 475: Seminar in Chemistry (1 s.h.)

Effective written and oral communication skills are no less essential to the well-trained scientist than to the humanist. Frequent exercises in writing and speaking are a part of the Chemistry curriculum and are critically evaluated by the chemistry faculty. The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for students to give a "formal" oral presentation on a chemistry-related topic to other chemistry students and the chemistry faculty. Students are encouraged to present the results of their Individual Problems Research as a capstone project, but topics are not limited to just research. Practice seminars, a poster presentation, an electronic portfolio, written papers and critiques of visiting speakers may also be requirements of this course. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to more effectively communicate through both oral and written media. Evaluation of the students' presentation is based on content and organization, visual aids, style and delivery, and overall effectiveness. The ACS Style Guide, published by the American Chemical Society, is a valuable resource for directions on the organization of scientific presentations and papers, including correct grammar and style, and the accepted formats for citing chemical names, chemical symbols, units, graphs, tables, and references. Each presentation is critiqued by the professor and other students in the class (anonymously). The results of these critiques are shared with the presenter individually to provide a feedback mechanism for improvement upon subsequent presentations.

Catalog Description:

Group discussions and papers presented in the field of chemistry. Meets one credit toward the University Studies Oral/Communication Flag requirement. Prerequisites: 20 semester hours of chemistry. Offered yearly.

This course includes requirements and learning activities that promote students' abilities to...

a. earn significant course credit through extemporaneous oral presentations;

Requirements: Students are expected to give effective oral presentations appropriate to a scientific audience utilizing visual aids. Each presentation will be critiqued and evaluated based on specific criteria as established in the syllabus and presentation grading sheet.

Activities: Students are provided with a minimum of two opportunities to present oral seminars from short "practice" to longer "formal" seminars. For the poster presentation, although it contains written material, the student is required to monitor the poster and be available for questions during a designated poster session time.

b. understand the features and types of speaking in their disciplines;

Requirements: Students are expected to give effective oral presentations appropriate to a scientific audience, in this case, their peers and chemistry faculty. Through observation of other students' presentations and presentations by visiting speakers, students should be able to discern between types of presentations from classroom lectures, formal research reports, persuasive talks or speeches to non-scientific audiences. Student presentations will be geared toward what would be given at a scientific meeting.

Activities: Students will follow acceptable scientific formats and guidelines for scientific speaking. After each presentation, a question and answer time will be conducted, as is done at most scientific meetings.

c. adapt their speaking to field-specific audiences;

Requirements: Students are expected to give effective oral presentations appropriate to a scientific audience, in this case, their peers and chemistry faculty. It will be emphasized that a most important component of public speaking is to speak to and at the level of the audience.

Activities: Students' presentations will be consistent with the general expectations of audiences in the chemical field including appropriate background information and technical details to keep the audience attentive.

d. receive appropriate feedback from teachers and peers, including suggestions for improvement;

Requirements: For each presentation, whether practice or formal, students will be critiqued by both the professor and by other students in the class (anonymously). Critiques cover content and organization, visual aids, and style and delivery. The results of these critiques are shared with the presenter individually to provide a feedback mechanism for improvement upon their subsequent presentations.

Activities: Students will complete and submit critique forms for each presentation attended, both in class and outside of class.

e. make use of the technologies used for research and speaking in the fields; and

Requirements: Students are required to use at least one type of visual aid, preferably a computer presentation, such as a PowerPoint presentation. It is stressed, however, that a backup presentation method is often warranted. The poster presentation, written paper, and electronic portfolio will also utilize technology in their production and display. The research necessary to prepare the presentation will often utilize the general internet and specific scientific search databases such as online journals. An electronic portfolio (in html) is also required.

Activities: Students will create presentation-quality visual aids to accompany their oral presentations. A computer-based presentation is required for at least one of the oral presentations. Students will create an electronic portfolio (in html) with, at a minimum, a home page with picture(s), an online resume, a sample presentation, and a personal interest page with appropriate graphics and links.

f. learn the conventions of evidence, format, usage, and documentation in their fields.

Requirements: Students are required to follow conventions of evidence, format, usage, and documentation as given in the ACS Style Guide or as common for technical speaking.

Activities: Proper formatting of references, chemical structures, chemical reactions, etc. will be presented in the oral presentation, the poster presentation, and the written paper.

Submitted with this proposal is a sample CHEM 475 syllabus, which includes the course description, course outcomes, sample grading sheet, and a sample student critique form.

Chemistry 475 - Seminar in Chemistry

 

Spring Semester 200_

 

PROFESSOR: Dr. Chemistry OFFICE: Pasteur 312

E-MAIL: ****@winona.edu PHONE: 457-

WEB PAGE: http://course1.winona.edu/****/475/

CLASS MEETING TIMES: ? ?:?? ?.m. Pasteur 309

REFERENCES:

The ACS Style Guide, 2nd ed.; Dodd, J.S., Ed.; American Chemical Society: Washington, D.C., 1997.

(strongly suggested, available for $20.60 + s&h)

Davis, Martha. Scientific Papers and Presentations; Academic Press: San Diego, 1997.

Briscoe, Mary Helen. Preparing Scientific Illustrations, A Guide to Better Posters, Presentation, and Publications, 2nd ed.; Springer: New York, 1996.

COURSE DETAILS:

Presentations: There will be two in-class presentations by each student -- one short "practice" presentation and a longer "formal" final presentation open to the entire Chemistry Department. The topics for the short presentation are to be of the presenter's choice. A written paper supporting the material presented in the final presentation will accompany the presentation. Please see the attached page for more information on the final presentation and paper.

Paper: A final paper, written according to ACS style guidelines, will be required and will be on the same material presented in the final oral presentation and poster. Please see the attached page for more information on the final presentation and paper.

Poster Presentation: A poster presentation on the same material presented in the final paper and oral presentation must also be prepared and presented. The poster presentation will precede the final oral presentation. A class period toward the end of the semester will be designated as poster session day. Please see attached page for more information on the poster presentation.

Critiques: Students will critique one another (and visiting speakers) using the attached form. Forms will be collected by professor and anonymous feedback will be distributed to the presenter.

Attendance: Attendance and participation are required. More than three unexcused absences will result in a lowering of the final grade by one letter grade. In the event of a seminar by a visiting speaker (please see class schedule), attendance will be expected at that event in lieu of a regularly-scheduled class meeting. Since the principle goal of this course is to present a seminar to other members of the Chemistry Department and students, failure to present this seminar will result in failure of the course.

Other seminars: Out of class seminars may be scheduled during this semester. The La Crosse-Winona ACS section holds monthly meetings and other opportunities may arise to hear other outside speakers.

Grading: Attendance 10%         Final Grade Assignment:

Critiques 10%                             90 - 100 A

Short presentation 10%               80 - 89 B

Poster presentation 20%             70 - 79 C

Long presentation 30%               60 - 69 D

Written paper 20%                     <60 F

Chemistry 475 - Seminar in Chemistry

 

Information concerning final oral presentation, poster presentation and final paper.

Topics: The same topic should be used for all three of these major course assignments and is totally of your choosing, as long as it is chemical in nature. Research topics, such as your current or previous Individual Problems work or results from other research experiences are appropriate and encouraged. Topics must be chosen and submitted by February 22. Please talk to me in advance about possible topics or ask me to suggest some if you are fresh out of ideas.

Final Oral Presentation:

1. Length of presentation should be approximately 25 (5) minutes. Talks shorter than 20 minutes or longer than 30 minutes will adversely affect your presentation grade.

2. Visual Aids: The use of at least one type of visual aid is required. This may include, but is not limited to, overhead transparencies, slides, computer projection, and demonstrations. Information on using computer presentation software will be given during class. However, since this is a laptop course, the use of computer projections is strongly recommended and not using this method will adversely affect your grade. Regardless of the type(s) used, the material displayed should be informative, to the point, and legible.

3. Abstract: A title and abstract will be due at a minimum one week prior to your presentation date for copying and distribution. An effort should be made to make this look attractive and inviting. Please see attached example.

4. Grading of presentation: A grading sheet such as the one attached will be completed by the professor. Students critiques will NOT affect the presentation grade.

Poster Presentation:

  1. The poster presentation is limited to an area of 6 feet wide by 4 feet tall. Posters should be planned so that they make use of most of the available space.
  2. The poster should include at least one graph, at least one table, and at least one figure or scheme with chemical structures. All individual posters should be computer-generated. The poster should be easily legible at a distance of 4 feet.
  3. You are expected to have your poster ready on time and to stand with your poster during the entire poster session class period and present and/or answer questions from faculty and other students.
  4. Grading of poster presentation will be based the criteria above.

Final Paper:

1. The written paper will be due at the beginning of the period during which the oral presentation is made.

2. Length: The paper should be at least 10 double-spaced pages in length excluding figures and supplements.

3. Supplements:

The following should be attached at the end of your paper in the order given below.

Endnotes - Denote citations with a superscript in the text and arrange references at the end in the proper format. See ACS Style Guide.

Figures, Schemes, Tables, etc. - If not incorporated into the paper text, these should be numbered and titled and limited to one per page.

4. Grading: Grading will be based on content and for adherence to the format above. In addition, writing quality (including grammar, spelling, clarity, and overall organization), quality of the supplements, completeness and correctness will also be graded.

Chemistry 475 - Seminar in Chemistry

 

Effective written and oral communication skills are no less essential to the well-trained scientist than to the humanist. Frequent exercises in writing and speaking are a part of the Chemistry curriculum and are critically evaluated by the chemistry faculty. The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for students to give a "formal" oral presentation on a chemistry-related topic to other chemistry students and the chemistry faculty. Students are encouraged to present the results of their Individual Problems Research as a capstone project, but topics are not limited to just research. Practice seminars, a poster presentation, an electronic portfolio, written papers and critiques of visiting speakers may also be requirements of this course. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to more effectively communicate through both oral and written media. Evaluation of the students' presentation is based on content and organization, visual aids, style and delivery, and overall effectiveness. The ACS Style Guide, published by the American Chemical Society, is a valuable resource for directions on the organization of scientific presentations and papers, including correct grammar and style, and the accepted formats for citing chemical names, chemical symbols, units, graphs, tables, and references. Each presentation is critiqued by the professor and other students in the class (anonymously). The results of these critiques are shared with the presenter individually to provide a feedback mechanism for improvement upon subsequent presentations.

Completion of this course will include requirements and learning activities that promote your abilities to achieve the following outcomes:

bulletearn significant course credit through extemporaneous oral presentations; bulletunderstand the features and types of speaking in their disciplines; bulletadapt their speaking to field-specific audiences; bulletreceive appropriate feedback from teachers and peers, including suggestions for improvement; bulletmake use of the technologies used for research and speaking in the fields; and bulletlearn the conventions of evidence, format, usage, and documentation in their fields.

The completion of this course will satisfy one credit toward the Oral Communications flag requirement in the University Studies Program.

Course Details/Requirements/Activities:

In order to do well or pass the course, students are expected to:

bulletgive effective oral presentations, [Outcomes a to f], bulletprepare a poster presentation, [Outcomes b, e, f], bulletprepare a written paper on the formal presentation topic, [Outcomes e, f], bulletprepare an electronic portfolio, [Outcome e], bulletattend and critique seminars given by peers and by visiting speakers, [Outcome b, c], bulletfollow formats of presentation and publication style as recommended by the ACS Style Guide, [Outcomes b, c, f], bulletmake improvements upon subsequent presentations by recognizing critiques, [Outcomes b, c, d], and bulletutilize technology in the preparation and presentation of assignments, [Outcome e].

Students are encouraged to consult with the instructor regarding questions or problems encountered in selecting a topic and the preparation of and presentation of the oral seminars.

Chemistry 475 - Seminar in Chemistry

 

Sample Presentation Grading Sheet (to be complete by professor)

 

Speaker: horizontal rule

Title: horizontal rule

Time Began: horizontal rule

Time Ended: horizontal rule

Length: horizontal rule

Within limit? horizontal rule

  Yes Partial No
Content & Organization
1. Was the purpose clearly stated?      
2. Was the speaker prepared?      
3. Did the introduction gain attention and preview the speech?      
4. Were the main points clearly stated?      
5. Did the main points follow an identifiable pattern?      
6. Did the conclusion end the speech appropriately?      
Visual Aids
1. Were visual aids used?      
2. Were they clear and interesting?      
3. Type(s) used
Style & Delivery
1. Were ideas presented concretely and specifically?      
2. Was the language appropriate to the audience?      
3. Was the language vivid?      
4. Was the speaker enthusiastic about the material?      
5. Did the speaker look at the audience throughout the speech?      
6. Was a conversational style used?      
7. Did the speaker use sufficient vocal variety and emphasis?      
8. Was the speaker poised?      
Overall Effectiveness
1. Good personal impression      
2. Purpose achieved      
3. Overall opinion of the speech

Chemistry 475 - Seminar in Chemistry

 

Sample Presentation Critique Form (to be completed by the students)

 

Presenter horizontal rule

Date horizontal rule

Topic horizontal rule

Reviewer horizontal rule

Content & Organization

This concerns the actual message, i.e. is it covered thoroughly and within the time limit?; are outside sources cited verbally?; was the speaker persuasive?; etc.

1. Identify one or two things done well regarding content and organization.

2. Identify one or two things the speaker might do to improve in this area. Explain why and how.

Visual Aids

This includes all aspects about the construction of visual aids and their content and presentation.

1. Indicate one or two things you felt were done well in regards to visual aids.

2. Indicate one or two things the speaker might do to improve the visual aids. Explain why you think this would improve the presentation.

Delivery

This includes all aspects of both verbal and nonverbal delivery (rate, volume, enunciation, conversational style, enthusiasm, poise, eye contact, facial expression, movement, etc.)

1. Identify one or two aspects of delivery which you feel the speaker does well.

2. Identify one or two aspects of delivery which you feel the speaker should improve. What suggestions would you make to the speaker to improve these areas?