Professor: Jeff Johannes
Monday 2:30-3:45p South 336
Mathematics 348 : Oral
Presentation & Research Seminar
Office Hours: Monday 1:30 - 2:20p, Tuesday 8:00 - 9:00p, Wednesday 4:00 - 5:00p,
Thursday 4:00 - 5:00p, Friday 3:00 - 4:00p (may cancel occasionally)
appointment or visit
Email Address: Johannes@Geneseo.edu
Occasional handouts and library resources.
Reading, writing, and speaking about arithmetic (um,
mathematics, that is).
This is a most unusual mathematics class, in that
you are not responsible for learning any mathematics. You will be
preparing a library research project on a topic in mathematics and
presenting several presentations to the class. We will also
discuss several issues related to these performance outcomes. These
may include some of the following: typesetting in mathematics,
bibliographic references in mathematics, and talk styles in
mathematics. This class is about producing products and not about learning mathematics.
Students in Math 348, Oral Presentation and Research Seminar will
• develop library research skills in the area of mathematics.
• develop critical skills applicable to attending mathematical presentations.
• produce a mature oral presentation of a non-trivial mathematical topic.
Half of your grade will come from your
project. The other half will come from your presentations.
The following is the ultimate courseweights for each component:
5% - topic
5% homework presentation
5% - library assigment
10% each colloquia analyses (2)
10% - topic presentation
10% - annotated bibliography
10%/5% - two rehearsals (higher percentage for higher grade)
20% - GREAT day presentation
10% - self-evaluation reflection
Each student is responsible for completing a
project. Your project will include research on a significant
mathematical topic of your choice. You must include reference to
at least five
resources, two of which must be non-internet resources, one of which must be an MAA Journal (The College Mathematics Journal, The American Mathematical Monthly, or Mathematics Magazine).
Each student will present several talks using
diverse media of different lengths. For each talk you will also
review the other students'
presentations. Talks will be scored using the oral rubric given
to you on day 1. You will also use this rubric to asesss your
classmates' talks. If you miss your talk, or the review of another student's talk,
you will receive no credit for the presentation. If your talk is
too short, your score will be scaled by the fraction of the time that
you used. If your talk is too long, your score will be scaled by
Attend a mathematics department colloquium presentation, write
In the report, describe the content of the talk (including a
detailed discussion of the mathematics). In addition to your
description of the talk, also write an analysis of the presentation -
include both strengths and weaknesses. Papers are due the class
after the presentation (unless we happen to have a presentation on a
Monday). I will gladly look at
papers before they are due to provide comments. The first must be
completed before spring break.
Occasionally you will be given anonymous feedback
Please use them to share any thoughts or concerns for how the course is
Remember, the sooner you tell me your concerns, the more I can do about
I have also created a web-site
which accepts anonymous comments. If we have not yet
this in class, please encourage me to create a class code. This
may also be accessed via our course page on
link entitled anonymous
feedback. Of course, you are always welcome to approach me
of class to discuss these issues as well.
SUNY Geneseo will make reasonable accommodations for
persons with documented physical, emotional or learning
disabilities. Students should consult with the Director in the
Office of Disability Services (Tabitha Buggie-Hunt, 105D Erwin,
email@example.com) and their individual faculty regarding any needed
accommodations as early as possible in the semester.
It is my policy to give students who miss class
because of observance of religious holidays the opportunity to make up
missed work. You are responsible for notifying me no later than February 6 of plans to observe the holiday.
January 23 Introductions
January 30 Library research meeting
February 6 Research topic due. Homework presentations - markerboard (3-4 min)
February 13 Library assignment due. Finish homeworks.
Project topics presented with question time - opaque or
transparent projector (5-7 min)
February 20 Finish topics.
February 27 Colloquia Discussion
March 5 Annotated bibliography; work day.
March 19 Presentation rehearsal 1 - with computer slides (10-15 min)
March 26 Presentation rehearsal 1 - with computer slides
April 2 Peer presentations (2 rooms)
April 9 Presentation final rehearsal (10-15 min)
April 16 Presentation final rehearsal
April 17 Great Day presentations (12 min)
April 23 Self-evaluation and course reflection due.
April 30 Written projects due
May 9 3:30 - 6:30p - How much did you visit during the semester?