Project #158218 - Final Oral Argument

Science Tutors

Subject Science
Due By (Pacific Time) 12/06/2016 12:00 am

Topic: Considering traditional ecological knowledge and the sustainability of diverse traditional lifeways is very important for biodiversity conservation.

 

In place of a final exam, final oral arguments will take place in class during the last two class periods.  These are 3.5-minute (approximately 0.75-1 page single-spaced) timed speeches delivered to the class, responding to a specific prompt for argumentation.

These arguments require that students develop a careful and critical assessment of a particular component of a sustainable system (that is, agriculture, energy), while being able to demonstrate how that component is influenced by other parts of the system.  Students are graded not only on their understanding of a particular topic, but also on their ability to demonstrate understanding of how the topic can be understood from the range of perspectives presented in class.  Such synthesis is critical to achieving an effective interdisciplinary learning experience. 

Students will be required to turn in a written transcript of their oral argument in order to ensure that they have prepared for their presentation, are not plagiarizing, and are able to provide reference sources they could not orally present. 

The final oral argument is worth 25 percent. 

 

Your argument should provide evidence to support the statement you’ve been assigned and be of such a length that it can be delivered in 3½ minutes.  

These arguments require that you develop a careful and critical assessment of a particular component of a sustainable system (e.g. transportation, energy), while being able to demonstrate how that component is influenced by other parts of the system.  Students are graded not only on their understanding of a particular topic but also on how well they have synthesized the information and range of perspectives presented in class.  Such synthesis is critical to achieving an effective interdisciplinary learning experience.  Please spend adequate time preparing your statement.

Students should use primarily class material when constructing arguments, with a minimum of outside research used to construct your argument.  It is important that you demonstrate understanding by thinking about the issue yourself, using the concepts you have learned in class, and applying those to make a well-constructed argument. For example, if you are arguing a statement that relates to sustainable transportation, your argument should include principles that you learned from class and assigned readings about sustainable transportation, and global sustainability issues, at a minimum.  If you are arguing about oil drilling you should use material related to climate change, and energy use, at a minimum. 

You will be required to turn in a written transcript of your oral argument.  This will not be graded separately from your oral argument but is to ensure that you are well-prepared for your presentation, are not plagiarizing someone else’s work or something from the web, and are able to provide reference sources that you would not be able to present properly in an oral argument.

 

Your argument should:

 

  • demonstrate your understanding of the topics chosen
  • provide evidence to support your conclusion/solution/idea or final message of your presentation
  • establish a link to your main topic with 2 other subjects presented during the semester

 à in other words: develop a CAREFUL AND CRITICAL ASSESSMENT of a particular component of a sustainable system (topic) while being able to demonstrate HOW that component is influenced by other parts of the system

 

You will be graded on:

  • Not only on your understanding of the main topic, but also how well you have synthesized the information and range of perspectives presented in class that includes the supporting material
  • The organization of the presentation where there is a clear introduction, analysis of the main topic/central message, and conclusion
  • The presentation delivery indicating that you are confident and audible, and that your presentation is polished and practiced for the audience at hand. The language choices indicate appropriate structure and vocabulary choices where the message is not open to interpretation

 

 

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