The Scientific Method, MNXA19/SASF10, 7.5hp VT 2019

Oral presentations

The students will work in pairs and orally present a short, 20 minute lecture about a specific part of the course book. The parts are:
  • Popper and falsification
  • Kuhn and paradigms
  • Feyerabend and anarchy
  • Bayes' theorem and the evaluation of hypotheses
  • What is a law of nature?
  • What is natural science
Even if the presentations should be based on the course book, but the students must also include other material (e.g.  some of the suggested additional reading). Everybody in the audience have read the book, so to catch their attention it is not enough to just reiterate facts from there. Make sure you find you own examples to concretise abstractions (everyone have already read the examples in the book).

The purpose of these seminars is both to replace the traditional lectures based on the course book, and to develop the students oral presentation skills.

If you want to use the projector, please make sure there is a laptop available and that it and your presentation actually works together with the projector.

The seminars will be assessed by the students themselves. Each pair of students will be assigned to assess the presentation of another pair and give oral feedback. For the feedback the students should consider the following:

  • General: Was the presentation well thought through and prepared? Was it understandable? Did it catch the interest of the audience?
  • Content: Was the selection of material from the course book relevant? Was other material used? Were the main points clear? Was the level of abstraction suitable? Were there relevant concrete examples to make the abstractions understandable? Were these examples other than those in the book?
  • Disposition: Was the contents clear? Was the reasoning easy to follow? Was there proper and catching introduction? Was there a proper ending with conclusions and outlook?
  • Execution: Was the type of language used suitable? Could you hear what they said? Did they read verbatim from their notes? Did they have a clear stage presence or were they hiding? Did they look the audience in the eye? Were there pictures or examples to help the audience to remember? How well did they use the projector/whiteboard?
Needless to say, the students should consider these points also when preparing their own presentations, not only when criticising others.
Please give positive feedback. If there is negative critique, focus on suggestions for how to improve.

The seminars will be presented on Monday the 11th of February 13-17, and on Tuesday the 12th of February 13-17 in the Theory Lab. Both the presentations and the feedback are compulsory parts of the course.

Detailed seminar schedule for VT19

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