PREREQUISITES: None. Students who have taken any college-level astronomy classes are discouraged from taking AST 100.
INSTRUCTOR: James Lattimer, 2-8227, firstname.lastname@example.org, Office Hours: TuWTh 2:30 - 3:30
GRADING: In this course, students give one 20-minute presentation concerning a recent discovery or activity in astronomy. To prevent too many talks on the same topic, you have to reserve your topic in advance at least a week ahead of time(see below). Students will also write short summaries and critiques of other students' presentations. Each summary is due 1 class period after the talk. Late summaries will be downgraded.
I will take the summaries of each talk, remove identifying information, and give it to the speaker as an aid to help their future presentations.
If you have your own laptop, or can borrow one, you can make your presentation as a powerpoint or adobe acrobat pdf file. If you wish to use my laptop, the presentation should be prepared as an adobe acrobat pdf file (in which case video clips probably can't be used). If you want to make sure your presentation will work with our projector or laptop, you should make arrangements to try it out well before the class meets (for example, during my office hourse). It is your responsibility to make sure your talk will project properly, and this will affect your grade. You can reduce the possibility of problems if you bring a copy of your talk on a memory stick as a pdf file (or email it to me in advance).
You will receive a grade based 50% on your own presentation, and 50% on your summaries of other students' presentations. Part of your grade is based on how well you keep to your time limit, the accuracy and quality of your presentation, and your contact with the audience during your talk. If you are asked questions during your talk, you will recieve additional time to compensate, but plan your talk to last between 16 and 18 minutes. Be prepared for a few questions following your talk, so understand what you are presenting. While you answer questions, the next speaker will set up.
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