Instructions for Preparing and
Posting Term Paper Presentations and Papers
- You must have your material
presented using Powerpoint
- 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.
- Your powerpoint presentation should be in a file
named YourName.pptx (please use the newer powerpoint
2007 format). I must have your file
by 11AM on the day of your
presentation, as given at: http://www.ce.utexas.edu/prof/maidment/giswr2008/docs/termprojlist.htm Please post your presentation on your web site and
email me the web address, or email me the slide presentation itself, or
bring the presentation by my office in ECJ 8.612 on a memory stick. If you put the presentation on your web
site, be sure to ask somebody else to view it and make sure that they can
access it from an independent computer than your own.
- You will have 14 minutes for your talk – 12 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
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 5 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. Please also send me a pdf or Word document of your final paper by 5PM on
Friday 5 December.
- Your term paper should be
prepared as a single html file. There 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