Dr. Stephen Landman
There will be no questions from Dr. Landman's presentations on the final.
|This course runs as a seminar. Each
student will make four forty minute presentations during the
course, on topics of the student's choosing. You are to pick
topics related to developmental psychology and also might relate to nursing, parenting, or relationships.
Once you have chosen a topic, you are to prepare it using a variety of sources. When considering information to include, consider the source. Evaluate the credibility of the source. Use scientific information, such as information included in nursing or psychology journals. You can use web sites, but use credible web sites. An example of a credible web site is that of the Center for Disease Control. An example of a web site with poor credibility is someone's personal opinion as stated in their blog. You can certainly include your personal views, well explained. Present the various sides of topics on which there are major differences of opinion. Please do not just bring in an article from the web and read it to the class. Use various sources of information, and organize that information for your presentation. Students use PowerPoint to make their presentations. Making PowerPoints are not difficult, and it's a good thing to know. On Day 1 Dr. Landman will demonstrate how to make a PowerPoint presentation.
As stated above, presentations are to be about 40 minutes long. This time includes the presenter conducting a class discussion. Watch your time so that your presentation is neither too short or too long. This is to be a professional presentation. That means that PowerPoint slides are to not contain spelling, grammatical, or punctuation errors. Professional means that the presenter knows the meanings and pronunciation of terms used. It is not professional to paste information from a web site into a PowerPoint slide, and then tell your audience that you can't pronounce the terms and you don't understand what they mean. Class discussion can include questions asked of the class during the PowerPoint demonstration, or and/or after the main talk is finished. Have questions prepared to stimulate discussion. It is not sufficient to finish the slide show and then to just ask the class "Any questions?" Another tip: Don't just read the slides quickly and click to the next page. Talk slowly, and then give the class a second to digest what they have seen and heard.
You are also to submit a three page (12 pt. Arial or Times new Roman font, double spaced) paper for each presentation, summarizing your topic, and listing the sources you used. These papers are to be submitted in digital form (a computer file), and they will be posted here to be available for the class. You are also to write three multiple choice questions related to your presentation, and upload those through the assignment form, noting which are the correct answers. Note: these are multiple choice questions (not true false or short answer). There are to be four choices per question, with one correct and three incorrect answers. The incorrect answers are to be plausible (not silly). The questions are to be submitted in a separate document, with the correct answer marked below the questions. The final exam will largely come from these questions.
Below are some topics from previous classes, just to give you ideas. You do not have to choose topics from this list.
Your grade will be based on your presentations, your summary papers and multiple choice questions submitted, your class attendance and class participation, and the final exam.
Click Here for the schedule of presentations.
Click Here to upload your assignments (Summary papers, PowerPoint Presentations, & Multiple Choice Questions)
Click Here for the gradebook.
Click Here for tips on How Not To Make a PowerPoint
Click Here for PowerPoint Presentations and Papers
Click Here for instructions on writing questions.
Click Here for how to name files
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