How it works:
Once during the semester each student will be responsible for giving a brief report on an empirical article that he or she selects. Each student will select an article corresponding to that day's class topic, either by doing a literature search or based on a recommendation from me (or, ideally, a combination of both). S/he will read the article, and prepare an informal oral presentation to be given during class. The presentation should be brief (~7 minutes; I will cut you off at 10 minutes) and focus on the broad issues examined by the paper, rather than the minute details: What is the goal of the paper (i.e., the hypothesis that is tested)? Generally speaking, how is the hypothesis tested? What are the findings (in general, layperson's terms— no numbers or statistics!)? What are the implications? Please note, the paper you choose should be an empirical article (i.e., data are collected and analyzed) and not a review paper.
It would be a good idea to get the article you choose approved by me beforehand. Also, you must give me (in person, or as a .pdf file attached to an e-mail) a copy of your article at least 24 hours prior to your presentation (I will keep the article). Make sure the copy you attach 1) is a "clean", readable copy, 2) includes references, and 3) is photocopied directly from the journal or is printed in .pdf format. Do not attach a printed on-line article in .html (or other) format (i.e., it should be, or look like, a photocopied journal article; it should not look like a webpage).
Dates for the presentation are tentative—you should be prepared to give your presentation on the day it is originally scheduled for, however given the flexibility of the course you may be asked to delay your presentation by one class period (but you will never be asked to give your presentation earlier than scheduled). I’ll notify you individually if I anticipate delaying the date of your presentation.
Grades on presentations will be determined by the quality and clarity of your communication, as well as the accuracy of your interpretation of the study. Basically, did you effectively and correctly explain the study?
Schedule of Presentations: