Instructions for Preparing and
Posting Term Paper Presentations and Papers
You must have your material
presented using Powerpoint
slides.Name your file with your surname, e.g. maidment.ppt
If you have animations
included in your Powerpoint, make sure that the additional files (e.g. .avi) are included with your Powerpoint
slides or they won’t be viewable in the classroom.Trying to make fairly exotic
connections to ArcGIS from Powerpoint is difficult in the classroom so it
is best to avoid that.
I need to have your slides by
on the day you are due to present.Send them to me either via email, or
use the Digital Dropbox for the
CE 394K.3 GIS in Water Resources course at http://courses.utexas.edu
You will have 12 minutes for your talk – 10
minutes for the presentation and 2 minutes for getting started and
answering questions. You must not go over time or you will be cut off
Don’t spend too much time on
the introduction, one or two slides is enough, and then get to the heart
of what you want to say
Think of the one concept or image or idea that
you want your audience to take away from your talk and arrange all your
material around that
There is not time to say
everything important, only what is most
Use pictures and diagrams
wherever possible, they are more effective than words on slides
For slides with just words on
Have a maximum of five bulleted points, four is
better than five.
For each bulleted
point, have a maximum of 10 words, preferably 5 or 6 words, less is better than more
Highlight in color the one or two key words in
each bulleted phrase
Its ok to be nervous, it
means you are focused!
Its ok for your presentation
to be a “progress report” of what you have done so far, and you can
indicate what still remains to be done before your paper is completed.
I will send you by email an
evaluation of your presentation and a grade out of 10 points.
Good luck!! I’m sure
your talk will be great!
Posting of Complete term papers
The final term paper in html
must be posted on your web page by 5PM on Friday 9 December. It is
critical that you post your paper by this date because your classmates may
need to read your paper in order to complete their final exam. After preparing your documents it is
important to check that they are viewable correctly from a Browser.
Where possible get a friend to check that they can view them to make sure
that you are not pointing to something that only you have access to.
Sometimes the protection settings on documents get set so that they are
not viewable by others. If this occurs, adjust the security
properties so that they are readable by everyone.
I also want to receive a
digital copy of your term project in Word or pdf or html (if html, make
sure you attach the image folder as well).Please drop this into the Digital
Dropbox for the GIS in Water Resources course.This is athttp://courses.utexas.edu
Your term paper should be prepared
as a single html file. There may (and almost always should) be
embedded graphics or images, but a single print command should result in
the entire paper being printed. Your paper may have links to reference
material (e.g. data or sources that you used), but should be printable and
self standing, in the sense that a printout tells the complete story
without requiring reference to the linked material. You may include
a table of contents at the beginning, but please do not make each section
a separate page that requires clicking to go to it. Please also
embed graphics in preference to requiring the user to click to access