Fall 2006 Lecture summaries for:
Decision Making: Politics, Science, and Personal Choice

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28 August - 1 September 2006

This is a first response regarding the question of phone books:

"we can keep all area phone books in the RA office. The JSC switchboard usually notifies us when the phone books arrive. The RA office is open from 9pm-1am.

Other than that, the student can find a staff member to get access to the books in the RA office or he/she can always visit the public safety office or the career services office as both carry phonebooks as well."

Michele W.

Van driver training courses will be held on 1 Sep 06 at 10:00 a.m. and 8 Sep 06 at 3:00 p.m.; call Heloisa Herder at 635-1240 to register. To be certified as a driver, students must be 21, have a clean driving record, and pass the JSC drivers course (through public safety).

 

Schedule for Badger Bullet:

Friday, Leaves JSC @ 5pm; Leaves Burlington @ 10pm
Saturday, Leaves JSC @ 10am; Leaves Burlington @ 3 pm
Saturday, Leaves JSC @ 5pm; Leaves Burlington @ 11pm
Sunday, Leaves JSC @ 10am; Leaves Burlington @ 3 pm

 

Class on Thursday covered the following topics:

 

Assignment (due 6 Sep 06): Choose a treaty, convention, or protocol from the list (or come up with one of your own) to be used in conjunction with the research project – see the syllabus for more information.

 

4 - 8 September 2006

Wednesday:  introduction to Bloom's taxonomy, the methods of science, and use of the apostrophe.

Each student in the class chose a treaty, convention, or protocol as the basis of their research project. Please find the original document.

Friday: A a visit from librarian Linda Kramer who will show us how to use search engines related to the JSC Library.

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11 - 15 September 2006

Wednesday: 

Friday: 

 Assignment (due 22 Sep 06): First draft of project (based on the grading rubric).

Assignment (due 20 Sep 06): Sections and footers in Word

end of assignment.

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18 - 22 September 2006

On Wednesday, meet in Bentley 102; Dr. Mireault's psychology class will join us for a discussion of the decision making model.

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25 - 29 September 2006

Wednesday: review features of Word and an introduction to PowerPoint.

See the deadlines for the upcoming assignments below.

Continue to read and do research related to the treaty.

Friday: take the Quantitative Literacy exam...

 

General comments from the first draft of the project (the assigment that was due on 22 Sep 06):

 

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2 - 6 October 2006

Fall Break begins on Wednesday and continues through Tuesday of the following week. That schedule means that we won't be meeting this week.

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9 - 13 October 2006

Wednesday: review of the decision making model and discussions related to the research project.

Assignment (due 13 Oct 06): Continue development of the Word document; include several paragraphs, data and images; proper references (for figures, in text, and in reference list). Create a third section in the document and label it Appendix 1. Put the text of the treaty in this section. Use the following format for the page numbers in this section: A1, A2, A3...

Organize your writing by creating subheadings in a Word document that address all of the issues. Consider the following subheadings:

A grading rubric for this assignment has not yet been created, but do use the following guidelines:

The order:

  1. Title page [section 1; no page numbers]
  2. Abstract [start of section 2; start with page number 1]
  3. Thesis statement
  4. Body of the text (with appropriate subheadings)
    Introduction
    Many subheadings
    Areas for future work
    Summary or conclusions
    Include: figures, graphs, tables and other imagery
  5. Reference List
  6. Appendix [start of section 3; start with page number A1]

 

Assignment (due 20 Oct 06): PowerPoint presentations will be made to the class; 15 minutes per person. Follow the grading rubric below. 

Grading Rubric for PowerPoint Presentations

assessment item

requirements

points

title page slide

informative title

1

name

1

date

1

affiliation

1

thesis statement slide

clearly presents overall topic

3

abstract slide

succinct and informative

4

conclusion slide

appropriate summary highlighting thesis

3

reference list slide

proper style

4

the argument

relevant, accurate, and important

6

addresses major points of thesis

6

discussion adds content to slides

6

current ideas and data

3

statements referenced

3

spelling and punctuation

3

synthesis of existing ideas

2

appropriate use of scientific terms

3

graphs and figures

relevant, informative, and adds content

5

labeled – Figure #. Title (Author, Year)

5

at least five figures or graphs

5

presentation style

clearly spoken

5

speaker understands topic

5

dynamic, dramatic, exciting, well-paced

3

skillfully answers student questions

3

use of technology

page transitions

2

color scheme

3

slide animations

3

consistent visual theme

3

font size

3

class handout

six slides per page

1

enough copies

1

legible slides (pure black and white)

1

page numbers

1

properly stapled

1

late fee

loss of ten points per calendar day

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total:

100

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16 - 20 October 2006

Jerry Anderson, Margo Warden, Gina Mireault (and her class) will join us on Wednesday for a discussion of the decision making model; presentations begin on Friday.

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23 - 27 October 2006

Presentations will continue on Wednesday.

Tentative plans for visiting Cara's farm on Friday...

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30 October - 3 November 2006

Cara gave her PowerPoint presentation.

Assignment (due 10 Nov 06): Improve the Word document regarding the topic you chose; follow the grading rubric.

Registration for First-Year students is Thursday, 16 November 2006; let's meet and talk about your plan of study. Please come by my office (soon).

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6 - 10 November 2006

Continued work with the decision making model and Illustrator.

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13 - 17 November 2006

The Decision Making Model...

Use of Word and Illustrator...

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20 - 24 November 2006

Thanksgiving Break begins after the last class on Friday, 17 Nov 06. Please be careful.

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27 November - 1 December 2006

Dr. Jim Black will join our group for a discussion of the Decision Making Model on Wednesday; representatives of the Student Government Association will join us on Friday.

Assignment (due 6 Dec 06): Chex will submit her Illustrator project; Tim, Cara and Will will submit a Word document. Follow the slightly modified grading rubric for this draft.

Assignment (due 13 Nov 06): Everyone submits a PowerPoint presentation and makes a 20-minute presentation. Follow the grading rubric (the same one we used for the previous draft).

 

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4 - 8 December 2006

Class will be held on Wednesday; no class on Friday, 8 Dec 06.

Wednesday: Course evaluation by Margo Warden and use of Illustrator.

 

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11 - 15 December 2006

Wednesday: PowerPoint presentations

Friday: Discussion of the Decision Making model with Dr. Michael Winkelman.

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Cumulative final exam: 10:30 a.m., Monday, 18 Dec 06


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