Class attendance and participation are required. Course grades will be based on completing the short written assignments and oral presentations (40%), a midterm paper (20%), and a term paper (40%) completed by the end of the semester. The term paper will be on a topic chosen by the student, but must be relevant to the course and must be approved by me. An oral term paper presentation is required. The term paper presentations will allow the whole class to share the new knowledge created through the term paper assignment. The term paper presentations are usually very interesting for the whole class.
Term paper (12 – 15 pages of text plus figures and tables); term paper presentation (15 minutes) and second term paper (4 pages)
Guidelines for Term Paper Presentations ..
You will repeatedly be asked to make 20 - 30 minute presentations of assigned papers and to contribute to specific questions in class. Therefore you will have to prepare to lead a discussion on a particular article or topic. Furthermore, it is expected that every student will be prepared to knowledgeably discuss assigned reading materials each class meeting. The class participation grade will be determined in part by contributions to class discussions, prepared presentation performances, and term paper presentation.