University education should provide practice with oral communication in a safe setting. Many times in your career, what you say and how effectively you say it will impact your reputation. Therefore, in this course you will give one 7-minute presentation in your discussion section during the quarter- it is 7 minutes, because in many real-world instances people judge you within that short window (for better or worse, that is the reality). Sign up for presentation slots on the first day of class. The purpose of a discussion presentation is to provide each student with an opportunity to participate and to improve oral communication skills. A discussion presentation involves standing in front of your discussion section and reporting on 1 of 4 potential topics that together provide a critical interpretation of the movie for a given week: historical, environment/science, humanities, and comparative. The TAs will send out an email each week to the people presenting in each section to randomly assign the specific topic for each student presenting the next week.
The way to prepare for your presentation is to think critically about the movie and your specific topic to come up with ideas of what to present to the class. You may research information using the internet, course reader, library, or any other source. Your presentation MUST be given using a laptop and presentation software (e.g. Microsoft Powerpoint, the freeware OpenOffice, etc). A special reading to help you improve your speaking skills is available by download in .pdf format by clicking HERE.
Powerpoint presentation files are due by email to your TA by 11 am the day of the presentation. There is not enough time at the beginning of class to load every presenter's files onto the laptop. Ask the TA to confirm that s/he received your file and bring it on your USB drive just in case.You may wish to bring your own laptop to plug into the classroom.
The TA will have a PC laptop loaded with MS OFfice 2007 or 2010, so if you use Mac, it is your responsibility to be sure to check your slides on a PC in advance to insure that the conversion worked properly. Mac images formats are often not compatible with the PC version of Word and show up as big red X's. The key is to not copy/paste images into presentation, but take the time to insert as a picture using .jpg format only. One work around is to print your presentation to PDF format and use that. Finally, if you have to use a mac, then bring your own Mac laptop or iPad to give the presentation.
It is *highly* recommended that you practice your presentation at least 5 times prior to actually giving it so you are comfortable with your material.
Discussion presentations will be graded on a scale of 10 points. The following questions are on the score sheet used to determine your grade: 1) Did the student present on the topic they were assigned? 2) Did the student appear to understand what they were presenting? 3) Was the student adequately prepared? 4) Was the presentation given in the allotted time?