Professor: Jeff Johannes
Section 1 MF 2:30-3:20p
Mathematics 348 : Oral
Presentation & Research Seminar
Office Hours: Monday 3:30 - 4:30p, Tuesday 4:00 - 5:00p,
Wednesday 4:00 - 5:00p, Thursday 8:00 - 9:00p, Friday 10:30 - 11:30a,
or by 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
10% each colloquia analyses (2)
10% - topic
10% - annotated
10%/5% - two
rehearsals (higher percentage for higher grade)
20% - GREAT day
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
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. You will also use this rubric to assess 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 3/4.
Attend a mathematics
department colloquium presentation, write a report. 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 at most a week after the
presentation. I will gladly look at papers before they are due to
provide comments. The first must be completed before spring
It is important that you make every attempt to attend
class, since active involvement is an integral part of this course. If
you are present and attending to the presentations of the day, you will
receive one participation point that day. If you also participate to
the class as a whole (answer a question, provide suggestions to a presenter,
ask an insightful question or offer important relevant commentary) you will
receive two participation points for that day. If you are not engaged
in class, you will receive no points for that day. Attending each day
and never speaking in class will earn 80%. Speaking every other day on
which there is an opportunity to speak will earn 95%. Scores between
will be scaled linearly.
Occasionally you will be given anonymous feedback
forms. Please use them to share any thoughts or concerns for how the
course is running. Remember, the sooner you tell me your concerns, the
more I can do about them. I have also created a web-site
accepts anonymous comments. If we have not yet discussed this in
class, please encourage me to create a class code. This site may also
be accessed via our course page on a link
feedback. Of course, you are always welcome to approach me
outside 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, firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Loose Schedule - subject to adaptations.
January 19 Introductions
January 22 Library research meeting (in class - bring laptops)
January 26 Colloquium 2:30p - talk in Newton 214.
January 29 Library assignment due. Colloquia
Discussion. Maybe rubric.
February 2 Video analysis (#1,
#2) - introduction
to the rubric
February 5 Research topic due. Homework presentations -
markerboard (3-4 min)
February 12 work day
February 16 Project topics presented with question time - opaque
projector (5-7 min)
February 19 topics
February 26 Finish topics.
March 2 work day. Annotated
March 5 revised title and abstract due - must
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 11 We may need this day for rehearsals, too.
April 16 Presentation final rehearsal
April 17 GREAT Day presentations (12 min)
April 20 Reflection conversation.
April 23 - no class
April 27 - no class
April 30 Self-evaluation and course reflection due.