"Computational Physics"
UBC Physics 210

Topic: "Presentations"

Lecture # 9   on   2010-10-07:

"Projects, Proposals & Presentations"

by   Jess H. Brewer   as of   2010-10-06 15:01:28


Kevin Lindstrom (from the UBC Library) explains how to use the Library's on-line services to research the literature and gather material for your Project.


Project Proposal Presentations are next week. The Talk Schedule is up. Please check immediately to see that your time-slot is compatible with your course schedule. I had some difficulty arranging to have everyone in their correct Lab section, but now I think it's correct.

At the bottom of the schedule page is a form where you must enter the title (topic) of your talk and a URL pointing to the PDF or PPT file for same, which you must have in place by 08:30 AM on the day of your presentation. The talks will be given from that page, so this is absolutely essential.


If you are unfamiliar with the free presentation software from OpenOffice.org, log in to your workstation (or hyper) and enter "ooimpress". Play with it. Make some pretty pictures and text.

Note that ooimpress reads and writes PowerPoint (*.ppt) files. Your Presentation must be stored in either *.ppt or *.pdf format in your ~/public_html/p210 directory on hyper and linked to http://www.physics.ubc.ca/~yourID/p210/yourfile.p* where as usual "yourID" is your account name on hyper and "yourfile.p*" is the presentation file in question. I apologize to Mac users, but the workstations cannot handle Keynote files, and in the talks in the Lab I want everyone to be able to follow along on their own small screen in case the projector is inadequate.

RECAPITULATION of Previous Lecture(s):

Please don't spend today's Lab working on unfinished homework unless you are already "up to speed" on your Project Proposal and have enough experience with computer presentation tools to be confident that you can prepare a 7-minute Presentation over the weekend with no difficulty.


The Presentations can be a lot of fun if everyone gets something together and puts it on the Website in time; otherwise they can turn into a logistical nightmare. Fun is better.

Each talk will be limited to 7 minutes, with 3 minutes for questions, comments, suggestions and queuing up the next talk. The schedule is packed tight, and we cannot run overtime, so you will get absolutely no extra time. At the end of 7 minutes the next talk will be queued up, without exceptions. I wish we could offer more flexibility, but it is not possible. You may want to practice your talk in its entirety in front of friends (or a mirror) to make sure you are under 7 minutes. OK, enough said on that.

Obviously this is not enough time to say much or get much feedback. Think of this as an advertisement for your project, an attempt to get other people interested enough to provide some feedback and suggestions.

When and how can such feedback and suggestions be collected? I'm so glad you asked! On the PHYS 210 wiki we have a page called "PHYS 210 PROJECTS" where you should open a wiki page just for your own Project. There are examples from previous years there; do it like they did it, only better!

This (the wiki business) doesn't have to be done right away, but the sooner you get to it, the sooner you may get useful suggestions (also from me and the TAs) about your Project. This will eventually be a (required) part of your Project, and your comments/suggestions on other people's Projects (which will form part of your Participation mark) should go there too.


One more thing I'd like you to test before next week: PEER REVIEW. If you click on a student's name on the Presentations Schedule page, it will take you to a Presentation Marking Form where you can evaluate various aspects of the presentation. Please go mark "ZZZ, Sleepy" and get a feeling for how it works. (He won't care what you say. :-) If this works satisfactorily, perhaps we won't need to print up huge piles of marking forms on dead trees next week! (We will need some for those few talks given in Henn 201, of course; you can jot down your marks for those talks and then submit them later via the Web form.)
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