Tuesday, April 26, 2011


So, some students have given their presentations already and there are still several to go. From what you've seen and from what you know, what do you think the elements of a strong PowerPoint presentation are? What are some pitfalls that all people using PPT should try to avoid? What must you take into consideration when you are creating your PPT presentation? How do these considerations guide your design?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Your final technical report

As you are in the final days of working on your technical report, other than time-management issues, what part of the project has given you the most trouble? Is it the aesthetic component? Is it the integration of your primary research? How about the demand that you make your terminology and research comprehensible for non-experts? Or the integration and discussion of images? What about grammar and style? Or the incorporation of secondary research in a smooth and meaningful way? What is the hardest for you at this point?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

What do you learn from peer review?

On a project such as the one you're currently working on, our technical report, what benefits do you receive from the peer review process? Can you think of any ways in which this process might be improved?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

IRB Approval

We spoke several weeks ago about the need to get IRB Approval for certain primary research practices. I want you to look up "IRB Approval" both on our NMT site and by doing a Google search. From what you read, tell me first what an "IRB Approval" is. Second, why is IRB approval important to secure and for what kinds of projects it is critical? Based on what you've read, why does your project need to have it or why does your project not need to have it?

Monday, March 28, 2011

Annotated bibliography

Have you ever created an annotated bibliography before now? If so, when? In our instance, how do you think the exercise of completing the annotated bibliography will help you with the ultimate construction of your report?
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Primary research

What kind of graphics will you use to convey or accompany your "primary research" in your final report? Will these graphics serve the purpose of making technical details comprehensible to a non-expert audience? What problems with this conveyance of information do you foresee?
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Friday, March 4, 2011


We examined an online "How To" for helping to save a choking dog. We pointed out many features of these instructions that we saw as problematic. What were some of the flaws? What were some of the strengths of that set of instructions?