Discipline Awareness Presentation

The purpose of this assignment is for you to become more familiar with the interests, goals, research methods, and information dissemination channels associated with the primary discipline you are pursuing. As we noted in class, disciplines are not just collections of information, they also provide specific (though evolving) assumptions about and perspectives on the world. In addition, they have their own, unique rhetorical situations. Therefore, to write effectively in your discipline, you need to be familiar with it and the expectations of those who will be reading your work.

These presentations will take place over the course of two days. Approximately 14 students will present on Wednesday, October 10. The remaining eight students will present on Wednesday, October 17. Order will be determined by drawing names from a hat, so everyone must be prepared to present on 10/10. Presentations must last between six and seven minutes and include a visual aid (a Power Point, a Prezi, etc.). Each presentation must cite at least five credible sources; a reference page must be included on the final slides. Presentations should explain most of the following information:

· The discipline on which you are presenting

· The discipline’s primary object(s) of study

· The key questions and types of questions asked by scholars in the discipline

· Some of the overarching goals of the discipline

· The methods scholars in the discipline use to study the phenomena of interests to them (quantitative, qualitative, mixed); provide some specifics

· The primary approaches to sharing new ideas and knowledge with other scholars

Quick Note Part I: Do not confuse your major your discipline. While majors often directly correlate to a discipline, that is not always the case. For example, if you are an English major at Mason, there are four different disciplines you may be pursuing: Literature, Linguistics, Creative Writing, or Rhetoric.

Quick Note Part II: Some students may be pursuing an established interdisciplinary field that draws on more than one discipline. Examples of such fields include, but are not limited to, cultural studies, women’s studies, conflict analysis, global affairs, and film and media studies. If that’s the case, treat the interdisciplinary field in the same way you would a discipline (answering the questions above as you would for any discipline), but you may also want to include a discussion of the disciplines from which the field of study evolved.

Quick Note Part III: If you do not present on October 10, you CANNOT change the visual aid before you present on October 10. This would be an unfair advantage.

Due Date and Point Break Down

Each visual aide must be submitted by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, October 9 (slight change from syllabus, but it will make it easier to have the room ready if everyone submits well ahead of time). The presentation is worth 10% of the overall grade and will be graded on a 100 point scale. Anyone who is absent for the first day or presentations (Wednesday, October 10) will have their final presentation marked down one full letter grade.

Presentation Rubric

Category/Grade A B C D-F

(50 points)

Presentation provides a clear, engaging, detailed introduction to the discipline, covering all of the bulleted points in a logical order Presentation provides a clear introduction to the discipline, but parts of presentation may lack specificity or some points may be under-developed Presentation provides a general overview of the disciplines covered; it is mostly clear, but lacks specifics and may not deal with several of the bulleted points Presentation is far too general; does not provide an effective overview of the discipline; audience left with many questions about the discipline

(30 points)

Presentation cites more than five, credible relevant sources Presentation cites at least five credible, relevant sources Presentation cites at least five sources, though there may be minor issues of credibility/relevance Presentation cites fewer than five sources or there are significant problems with credulity relevance
Visual Aide

(10 points)

Visually appealing, clean simple layout, text is easy to read, graphics enhance understanding of ideas Visually attractive, text is easy to read, colors enhance readability, graphics and special effects do not distract from understanding ideas Text is sometimes hard to read, sometimes graphics or special effects distract from understanding Text is very difficult to read, layout is cluttered and confusing

(10 points)

Presenters are clear and professional; maintain eye contact with audience (not reading directly from screen or cards for long periods) Presenters are mostly clear and professional; mostly maintain eye contact with audience Presenters are somewhat unclear or somewhat unprofessional; eye contact is fleeting (too much reading from screen or cards) Presenters are unclear and/or unprofessional; read from screen or cards
Time Penalties Presentation lasts between 6 and 7 minutes

No Time Penalty

Presentation is too short or to long by a minute or more

5 point penalty

Presentation is too short or too long by two minutes or more

10 point penalty

Presentation is too short or too long by three minutes or more

15 point penalty