SEMINAR IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY CHEM 920, FALL 2003 Wed. 2:30-3:30 pm, 548 Hamilton Hall Instructor: Address: Phone: e-mail: web page: Robert Powers Office Labs 514A HaH 510-513 HaH 472-3039 [email protected] http://chem.unl.edu/powers/index.html Office Hours: 10:30-12:00 pm MWF or by Special Appointment Purpose of Course: The purpose of CHEM 920 is to 1) acquaint students with the literature of Analytical Chemistry and new research topics in this field, 2) to help students develop skills required for the critical evaluation of scientific literature, and 3) to help students develop written and oral communication skills. General Format: All students taking this course are required to give a presentation on some topic of current interest in Analytical Chemistry. First year students must give a 25 min. presentation on 1-2 related research papers, while more senior students must make a 45-50 min. presentation on 3 or more related papers. Senior students may also give a presentation on their area of research. Topic Selection: The papers and topics selected for the presentations should be of general significance to the field of Analytical Chemistry. The relative importance and level of difficulty of the topic will be factored into the grade for this class. Approval must be received from the instructor for the selected topic at least three weeks before the presentation is to be given. Failure to do so will result in a 10 pt (5%) decrease in the course grade. Abstracts: A one page abstract of the presentation topic should be prepared by each student. This should be single-spaced and include 1) the title of the presentation, 2) the name of the speaker, 3) the date, time and location of the presentation, 4) a 1-2 paragraph summary of the topic, and 5) a list of references that were used to prepare the presentation (using full bibliographic citations – authors, article title, journal name, issue number and page numbers, etc.) The summary given in the abstract should be written in the student’s own words (not a copy from any article). This should provide some background on the topic for the presentation and a summary of the important points/conclusions that will be discussed at the talk. The abstract should be given to the instructor one week before the presentation. At this time, the student must also give copies of the abstract to the Chemistry Department office for posting and inclusion in the weekly newsletter, as well as send copies by email to [email protected] and [email protected] Failure to submit and circulate the abstract by the one week deadline will also result in a 10 pt (5%) decrease in the course grade. Presentation: The presentation should require 30-40 hours of preparation and should be aimed at the level of a first or second-year graduate student. The use of overhead transparencies or a PowerPoint presentation is required. These materials should be prepared at least one week before the seminar and shown at that time to the instructor for an initial evaluation. Again, failure to do so will result in a 10 pt (5%) decrease in grade. All students should practice their seminars several times before their final presentation. Each presentation will be evaluated by both the attending students and faculty in terms of 1) organization and clarity of the presentation, 2) the student’s understanding of the material and ability to answer questions, and 3) the ability of the student to present the material and capture the interest of the audience. Class Participation: All students are required to take part in the seminars by other students. This includes not only attendance at the seminars but also filling out evaluation forms and participating in the discussion period that follows each talk. Failure to attend and fill out a form for a seminar will result in a 5 pt reduction in grade for each missed talk. Grading: The following number of points will be given for each graded item in this course. Topic: Abstract: Presentation: Participation: Total: 20 pts (Due three weeks before presentation) 25 pts (Due one week before presentation) 100 pts (Dates to be assigned) 55 pts (Attendance at all seminars is required) 200 pts The tentative cutoffs for the final grades in this class will be as follows: A+ = 95%; A = 90%; A- = 85%; B+ = 80%; B = 75%; B- = 70%; C+ = 65%; C = 60%; C- = 55%. As an 800 level course, a final grade of “C” or greater is needed for this class to count towards a graduate degree.