A few things to keep in mind:
- Make sure your articles are actual research articles from an original study where data are presented and interpreted.
No review articles, clinical report articles, or methods/techniques only articles, please.
- If you fail to select an appropriate article by the final instructor approval date, the instructor WILL assign an article to you and a 10% penalty will be levied due to non-compliance with the assignment requirements.
- In the process of reading your research articles closely and starting to make your first power point drafts, keep in mind the following points to organize your thoughts and information. You will want to read your paper closely several times and try to understand:
- What were the motivating questions for the study? Why care?
- What did they actually do, procedurally and statistically?
- What were the main results? Take special care to analyze carefully each figure and table individually. Find the specific parts of the article that refer to a given figure or table, and see if you can reconcile what is being said with the data in the figure or table. Do you agree that the text accurately represents the data? Do not just take the authors’ word as “true” and parrot it back to your audience. Question it! Convince yourself that it “makes sense” (or not).
- What are the authors’ interpretations of the key results? Do you agree that their assertions are supported by their data? Again, always question them rather than assuming they are “true”.
- What new, potentially useful information has been provided by this study?
- How might this study be relevant for our own investigations into microbial biofilms?
- The meetings with instructors are designed to help you understand everything in your paper (if the instructors are able to understand it all!) Please make use of this time wisely, but also make sure you put in enough time BEFORE this first meeting trying to understand the article on your own. Make lots of notes in the margins if you don’t understand something…those would be good things to discuss with your instructor in person.
- Your presentation should generally include the following:
- Title Slide
The Results section should generally be the largest section and the one on which most of the time is spent. The others are generally briefer, but are very important as well. More details on each of these sections, as well as other expectations/suggestions will be communicated by instructors directly as well as via the grading rubric for the assignment, which you should examine closely as you prepare your presentation. (This is posted in D2L).
- Be judicious with the amount of information you put in your slides. Bullet points are better than sentences. Do not read word-for-word off of slides or note cards. A good way to present the results is to paste a figure or table into a slide, and then discuss the figure or data in your own words, highlighting the most important parts using a laser pointer or, for particularly complex slides, PowerPoint features such as “animations” (which are not necessarily what they sound like--we can demonstrate). Make sure you are clear on the authors’ interpretation of the data, and present the core results, but also bring up questions with their interpretation if you have some criticisms.
Please email your professors if you have any questions about the expectations for this assignment. This should be fun!