Due: a final draft of the paper is due Monday, March 25 at class time. Please have a paper copy available at that time. Posters should be ready at the time of your presentation. Notice that Spring Break comes between now and then, so plan your time carefully.
Notice that it's a draft that is required on March 25, but it should be a final draft. My goal is to read the papers, give you feedback and allow you to submit a revision later if there are substantive issues with the paper. But don't turn in some half-baked crap on March 25.
Prepare a report and poster on the topic you've claimed and described in assignment 4. Your report should summarize the topic and current research on the topic succinctly and precisely. The paper should be around 5 pages for each member of your team. (If by some fluke, you are working alone, it should be around 10 pages.) It should indicate that you have done the research necessary to understand the topic.
Beginning Monday (3/25), you should be prepared to give an (approximately 25 minute) presentation on your topic and answer any questions that may arise relating to it. If you want to prepare PowerPoint (or equivalent) rather than just displaying your poster, you're welcome to do so, but you are still responsible for the poster. The presentation order has been decided by a lottery and is posted on the class syllabus page, at the top.
Your poster does not have to be poster-sized. It can be on an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet. The idea is the type of poster that would be suitable (if expanded to full size) to present the topic at a conference poster session. There are numerous examples of such posters in ACES. A sample poster in PowerPoint format is here: Sample poster. Some guidelines for preparing the report are here: report writing guideline. Perhaps the most important proviso is to make sure that you don't plagarize. If you get lazy and try to copy your report from the Internet, you will get an F if we catch you, and you may face other academic penalties. Be sure to include references for all the sources you use. If you have too few references, it will indicate a lack of effort.
Due: on an ongoing basis throughout the presentation period.
For each day that presentations are given, you should prepare two "quiz" questions for each of the presentations (including your own). Imagine that you were preparing a quiz to test your classmates' attentiveness during the presentation. Write two questions to see if they were paying attention. Make your questions about the substantive issues of the presentations, not about trivial matters. They should be questions that would be answered by a short essay, not short answer questions. These will be collected at the end of the class in which the presentation is given, so you must be attentive to the presentations. If a presentation is continued to the subsequent class, the questions for that presentation will be submitted on the day it finishes.
Each individual is expected to do this assignment, even if working with a team on the paper and presentation. Do not copy someone else's questions.
Your submission will be broken up into N sections (where N is the number of presentations on that day) with a heading and the two questions for that topic. If you're attending and attentive to the presentations, this should be quite easy.
The final revised version of your paper and poster will be submitted near the end of the semester. You must address any substantive issues noted by the grading of the draft.