GG410 Student Seminar
Instructed by Garrett Apuzen-Ito (6-9717, firstname.lastname@example.org, POST 810)
Meeting Wednesdays & Fridays 9:30-10:20 POST 702
Course Learning Objectives:
-Ability to prepare and deliver superb, memorable, & professional science talks, including excellence in
-speaking accurately, with clear, and simple sentences
-being engaging, interesting, exciting
-creating attractive visuals that are potent in conveying your message
-presenting yourself with authority, confidence, and poise
You will also become more confident & able in oral communication in general.
-Excellence in evaluating other talks and learning the key points
-Proficiency in using and communicating the scientific method
-Improved your writing skills
-Knowledge about science in SOEST and future challenges in society.
GRADING WILL BE BASE ON:
10% Written evaluations of 3 out-of-class “professional” talks from GG’s TGIF seminars, no more than one from the GG610 Graduate Seminar (Fri. 1:30-2:20 POST 723), & other science talks on campus. You will also be asked to evaluate talks by your peers in class.
10% Abstracts and writing assignments
30% Class oral presentations (other than your final talk). These will be based on assigned activities and especially reading.
40% Final presentation. This 12-minute presentation will be on a topic of your interest. It could be related to a research project, a previous class laboratory project, on a scientific research paper or two, or some other science-related experience. The topic must be approved by the instructor.
10% Class engagement: active presence and quality of participation in class
In general, grading will be based first on effort and degree of preparation, and secondarily on the professional quality and effectiveness of your work.
WORKING SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
Week Days Wednesday Friday
1 Jan 11, 13 Introduction Giving a Great Scientific Talk: Vital Elements
2 Jan 18, 20 Using Powerpoint Talks on importance of public speaking
see also “Scrutiny of the Abstract II” and tips on
4 Feb 1, 3 Video “Crude Awakening” Video “Crude Awakening”
Due: short “advertising” abstract on video from Wed.
5 Feb 8, 10 Discussion of reading Talk and abstract by Team 1 (Krista, Sammy).
Each group will state “Peak Oil” and the pending energy crisis
a key point and pose a question. Plus giving a dump of disconnected data versus a
6 Feb 15, 17 Discussion of reading Talk and abstract by Team 3 (Laura, Lerma):
Again each group state a EROI and possible future energy sources
key point and pose a question
7 Feb 22, 24 Final Project Topic Intro’s Final Project Topic Intro’s
Lindsey, Isaac, Cecilie, Shelly Brian, Wendy, Bryson, Laura, Lerma
James Krista, Sammy
8 Feb 29, Mar 2 Discussion of reading Talk and by Team 2 (Cecilie, Shelly, Kristina):
Lets help team 2 with their Geothermal energy and its future
assignment by doing the following (short abstract due from everyone)
Team 1: Answer question (1)
Teams 3 & 4: Answer question (2)
Team 5: Answer question (3)
Teams 2 raise your own questions
Team 1: What is “embodied (short abstract due from everyone)
energy”& how is it used in See Garrett’s compilation of World Energy Use and Projections
Lloyd & Forest’s models?
Team 2: Answer question (2)
Teams 3 & 5: Answer question (3)
Team 6: Answer question (4)
10 Mar 14, 16 Discussion of wind energy Talk and 250 word abstract by Team 5 (Wendy, Bryson):
for your specific reading (short abstract on their reading assignments due from everyone)
and discussion assignment.
11 Mar 21, 23 Discussion: Each team Talk by Team 6 (Lindsey, Isaac):
specific discussion assignment (short abstracts due for everyone)
Mar 28, 30 SPRING BREAK SPRING BREAK
12 Apr 4, 6 Presentation Practice NO CLASS (Good Friday)
(Shellie, Bryson, Laura, Lerma)
13 Apr 11, 13 Presentation Practice Presentation Practice
(Cecilie, Krista, Sammy, James) (Wendy, Brian, Lindsey, Isaac)
14 Apr 18, 20 Final Presentations Final Presentations
(Cecilie, Bryson, Laura: Brian as MC) (Lerma, Shellie, Krista: Laura as MC)
15 Apr 25, 27 Final Presentations Final Presentations
(Sammy, James, Wendy: Lerma as MC) (Brian, Lindsey, Isaac: Sammy as MC)
16 May 2 Wrap-Up
Department Learning Objectives for the B.S. and B.A. degree program
All of these objectives are relevant targets for the curriculum of GG410.
1. Students can explain the relevance of geology and geophysics to human needs, including those appropriate to Hawaii, and be able to discuss issues related to geology and its impact on society and planet Earth.
2. Students can apply technical knowledge of relevant computer applications, laboratory methods, field methods, and the supporting disciplines (math, physics, chemistry, biology) to solve real-world problems in geology and geophysics.
3. Students use the scientific method to define, critically analyze, and solve a problem in earth science.
4. Students can reconstruct, clearly and ethically, geological knowledge in both oral presentations and written reports.
5. Students can evaluate, interpret, and summarize the basic principles of geology and geophysics, including the fundamental tenets of the sub-disciplines, and their context in relationship to other core sciences, to explain complex phenomena in geology and geophysics.