（Academic Proposal and Presentation）教学大纲 (2022 春季)
根据多数国外著名大学和研究机构研究生培养计划，Academic Proposal and Presentation课程是硕士、博士研究生非常重要的必修课，一般是2个学分，该课程要求能结合硕士或博士论文的研究内容，一是重点聚焦在研究生如何学习、如何思维的知识与方法论方面的引导和启发；二是结合研究生科研工作的实际需要，聚焦环境科学与工程领域的热点问题，共性技术问题，注重培养研究生解决复杂环境问题或完成多因素环境治理复杂任务的创造性能力。因此，该课程的总目标是在系统培养研究生撰写论文开题、模拟训练学术演讲基础上，全面提高研究生在较高认知水平上的科学心智活动及较高层次的科研实践能力。
§ 考试方式：开卷考试（100 分制）；
§ 上课考勤规定：如学生无故上课迟到（如迟到时间 < 5分钟，需在微信群里做出说明，并请老师开门，如超过这个时间，学生将无法进入教室，将按缺席处理），如果一学期学生上课无故缺席一次、无故迟到情况累计超过两次，并没有事先得到任课老师的谅解或请假批准，该学生的课程将没有成绩。
§ 本学期所有作业文件均需以固定方式命名，命名规则为: 个人编号-姓名-Proposal/PPT-提交第次。例如第一次作业可命名为：A2-傅佳军-Proposal-1、A2-傅佳军-PPT-1、B1-MANSUUR HUSEIN-Proposal-1、B1-MANSUUR HUSEIN-PPT-1。这里的A2,B1,是本课程给每个学生的特定编号（详见学生分组信息）。
主讲教师：孙建中教授， QQ：2745983694, Tel：0511-88796122；
刘俊教授: QQ： 47018794；
COURSE CONTENTS April. 08, 2021
Course Syllabus (2021 Spring semester)
I. General Goal
To enhance students’ competence in writing a research proposal and the capability in coping with an effective scientific communication.
II. Essential Objectives
1. Understand what differences between a scientific paper and a scientific oral presentation
2. Understand basic strategies, principles, and skills involved in writing a competitive proposal and making an effective presentation with a high quality of PPT slides
3. Understand the important tips of a qualified research proposal and an attractive presentation as well as its skills
4. Finally, to enlighten students’ logical and hypothetic thinking for their innovation capability in degree study.
III. Teaching Philosophy on the Course
The missing of two essential abilities/diathesis among most graduate students, i.e. scientific writing and talking, call for an interdisciplinary, comprehensive course aiming at improving students’ quality in their scientific research. Herein, we opened a course, named as “Academic Writing and Presentation”, for graduate students with our special design and teaching philosophy stated as follows:
1. On course content design, the basic knowledge and principles of scientific research methodology are especially provided and highlighted. The emphasized training efforts in this course are mainly put on the comprehensive analytic methods, logical justification for a proposed research topic, as well as its normalized scientific writing and an effective PPT presentation, which are uniquely strengthened in terms of a thesis research quality.
2. On course processing design, theory lecturing will be closely combined with students’ scientific research needs, which is proposed to train students’ scientific innovation capability during problem shooting of a complicate task, aiming to enhance students’ power competent both in developing an academic research proposal and delivering an effective scientific talking in an international conference.
3. On teaching approaches and the ability evaluation, with the supporting of some advanced web or multimedia technologies, as well as the intelligent classroom equipped with some advanced display/communication system, some unique teaching approaches are accordingly developed and implemented, including inspiration/guidance teaching combined with case study, interaction between instructor & students combined with question-oriented discussion, student practice project training combined with some key comments from professors, etc. Various teaching approaches and evaluations applied in this course are virtually designed to assist students at a better understanding on course contents for what’s inside in a scientific research, as well as its logic steps required for a justification, and finally to build a powerful and competitive capability, in all possible ways, to solve a true scientific problem from an innovative solution.
IV. Content Coverage (2 credit points with 24 teaching hours)
1. How to best develop a qualified research proposal for your degree program?
2. What problems we are currently encountered for PPT presentation?
3. What differences between a scientific paper and a scientific oral talking?
4. Reasons for giving an effective seminar presentation
5. Suggestions for how to build a seminar (Tips for main skills involved)
6. Suggestions for visual aids (Tips for main techniques involved)
7. General hinds for presenting (Tips for main strategies and skills in a presentation)
8. How to answer the question after a seminar (The strategies and the answering tips)
9. How to best use the transition words during the presentation (Tips and examples)
10. How to best deal with an international conference talking? (Common useful tips)
V. Evaluation and Examination (How to score your grade)
· Open-book exam (100-point score system)
· Assignment-1 (serves as the mid-term exam.), 40% of the total, where it includes 30 points assigned for research proposal and 70 points applied for oral presentation
· Assignment-2 (serves as the class final exam.), 60% of the total, where it includes 30 points assigned for research proposal and 70 points applied for oral presentation
The topic you selected for the field of the proposal should be pretty much related to environmental science and engineering. Each of your selected topics needs to be reviewed and approved by the teacher before it can be formally written. Each student needs to independently complete his/her own proposal in accordance with the template format provided in our course. The first proposal must be submitted by the third week of the course. The second opening report should be submitted no later than the fifth week of the course.
Two PPT presentation assignments: each presentation topic should be kept in the same topic as the corresponding proposals you have submitted; each onsite student is also required to make two corresponding English PPT presentations in an arranged class time slot during our regular class time. The online students who are staying in their home countries are not required to present their PPT online in the class due to concern about their WIFI speed, instead, they are required to submit their PPT homework with their presentation voice recorded in the file that has to be sent to the pointed Email address at email@example.com by the due date we asked.
If you missed one time of class without getting permission ahead of time from your teacher for an excuse, you will have no score and credit for this course. If you are late to attend this class no more than 5 minutes, you can request an entry to the classroom after sending a message to us via the Wechat platform, otherwise, you will not be allowed to come to the classroom when you report to class late beyond 5 min. If you are late report to the classroom without excuse from your teacher more than two times (each beyond 5 min), you may lose the opportunity to enter the classroom, which will result in a serious consequence of losing your course credit completely. Onsite students who are on campus are required to go to the classroom early, ahead of class time at least 10 min earlier, which will ensure that you can catch an elevator in time to approach the 8th floor of the San-Shan Building (三山楼) for your classroom. Those online students are also required to get ready ahead of the class time (each Friday at 4:00 PM, Beijing time) at least 10 min earlier and get on the board of the class meeting software app, “Voov”. We will send you the log in ID before 4:00 pm of class time via the Wechat communication platform that will allow you to log in to this meeting APP platform.
The most important notice for each student:
1. We will have online courses via the “Voov” meeting platform until the on-site teaching is allowed by the university. All students need to install the “Voov” meeting software and test their equipment, e.g. PC or phone. We will test the online lecturing a few days before the first course, please check the notice on the WeChat group platform.
2. When the on-site teaching is available and approved by university, all students who stay in China are required to physically attend the class in person. You are required to sign your name on the attendance sheet each time before the class in the classroom to inform/justify to us that you attend the class without being late. Those online students who are staying in their home countries, it is also required to attend each class online via the Meeting platform, “Voov” and the teacher will check if each student presents the class via our meeting platform. It is required to get approval from Dr. Jianzhong Sun, the leader of this course, for your absence from the class for any coming case or reasons.
3. Regarding student homework submission, each homework document name should be named in our proposed format, i.e., Assigned class code-Full name-Proposal/PPT-order of submission. For example, the first proposal homework should be named as A2-傅佳军-Proposal-1、A2-傅佳军-PPT-1、B1-MANSUUR HUSEIN-Proposal-1、B1-MANSUUR HUSEIN-PPT-1, where A2, or B1 are the student class ID code we assigned to each student (please see the student grouping information sheet for your class ID code). Each student’s homework is required to submit to the pointed Email address at firstname.lastname@example.org before the due date we have asked. Each homework assignment can only be submitted to the teacher at one time and don’t submit your homework repeatedly for the reason of a revision. You need to finalize your document before submission. Particularly, we will not accept the over due homework from students and in that case, you will lose the whole score points. There are four homework assignments in total for each student who registered for this course, which include two research proposals and two PPT presentations. For each student assignment due date and time, please check the timetable of the course teaching section in this syllabus.
4. A special attention should be paid to those online participating students who are assigned to the “B” code group, each PPT assignment asked from this class is particularly required to add your own speech voice as a standard conference presentation and recoded your speech into your PPT file. We will soon send you an instruction reference for how to make a presentation voice into your PPT file. In addition, your speech time recorded in this PPT file should be controlled within the limited time we asked (10 min).
5. When the on-site teaching is available and approved by university, the classroom location will be at 802, the 8th floor of the San-Shan Building (三山楼), Jiangsu University. The class time has been set up at 4:00-6:00 pm, Beijing time, each Friday (started from April 16, 2021) for lasting 12 weeks. The scheduled teaching date and time will not be allowed to change unless an official holiday is approved by China government or other important issues are approved by the university, which may possibly conflict with our class date or time. Based on our university policy and regulations, students who participate in this course will not be allowed applying a change for the scheduled course date and time only based on their own personal reasons, or other unaccepted events (such as the religion pray time or other local holidays).
6. The homework assignments required from this class (particularly for two research proposals submitted by each student) should be independently accomplished by each student in the English version (following the teacher’s instruction) and submitted to teachers before the due date/time. Plagiarizing some content from those published materials or even from your own published papers to a significant extent (>30% overlapped with those published materials) is not allowed, which will lead to a serious punishment at a zero score.
7. Each student is also required to visit our course website (For your computer terminal, please visit at http://bijsu-app.com/, for your cellphone terminal, please visit at http://bijsu-app.com/m). Each student has to register on the course website following the web instruction. After the authorization, each student will have a right to access all resources available on this course website.
Course teaching lecturers：
1. Dr./Prof. Jianzhong Sun, Personal contact QQ account: 2745983694, Tel: 0511-88796122
2. Dr./Prof. Liu Jun: Personal contact QQ account: 47018794
3. Dr./Prof. Sameh Samir Ali Atwa, Personal contact QQ account: 2192795749
Sameh Samir Ali教授总结开题报告中的问题和分析学生比较集中的几个问题（第一节课）。
孙教授将主要讲解一些PPT制作中常常出现的几个主要问题（第二节课）。通过举例来说明如何避免这些问题：包括如何掌握PPT多媒体演讲中的技术要领，高质量学术演讲的能力如何形成？ 如何用英文正确地回答学术交流中的挑战性问题？如何正确使用英文过渡词与过渡句（transition words/sentences），通过典型范例PPT的实际演讲，明确参加国际会议所涉及的技巧与方法。
每组学生（三人一组）根据组内三人中得分Z高的开题报告来准备期中PPT和演讲， PPT文件需要演讲前一天提交至邮箱 email@example.com
Lecturer 1：Prof. Jianzhong Sun, QQ:2745983694, Tel: 0511-88796122;
Lecturer 2: Dr./Prof. Jun liu, QQ:47018794；
Lecturer 3: Dr./Prof. Sameh Samir Ali Atwa, QQ:2192795749.
Timetable of the course teaching (2022 spring semester)
I. First Session: From week 8 to week 11. Lectures will be given about how to write a perfect research proposal and to provide an effective scientific PPT presentation.
Week 8 (April 15th):
Dr./Prof. Sun will introduce the syllabus of the course with its general requirements of the course, the arrangement of the course and its tests including midterm and final exams.
Dr./Prof. Liu will introduce the writing tips and requirements to develop a high quality of your academic research proposal. A proposal template will be then provided for you to follow the instruction.
Student Homework: Each student, including online students, in this class, is required to work out a total of two research proposals in the required quality, format, and length. The scope of the topic should be pretty much related to your major, environmental science and engineering. In addition, two PPT presentation performances are further designed in this class for each onsite student, the first one is designed for a group collaboration performance with three onsite students in PPT presentation, but, the second one is required individually in his/her presentation for onsite students only in our class time. As for those online students assigned to the “B” section, The PPT presentation assignments are not required to provide a PPT presentation during class time via the “Voov” platform due to the WIFI speed concerns. Instead, they are required to record his/her own speech voice into the PPT file as a standard conference presentation within 10 min, then submit it to class teachers for evaluation and scoring.
l The first research proposal for both onsite and online students has to be submitted electronically in a word file format to teachers for evaluation due by April 29th, 2022, at 10:00 PM, Beijing time.
Each onsite student in the class will be arranged to form a study group/team at a total of three people (onsite students), which will be announced/informed on our WeChat platform ahead of class for information sharing for which group you may belong to. A proposal topic from a group will be selected as a PPT presentation topic for group performance in terms of the highest score submitted from a study group. The student who wins the highest score for his/her research proposal will be automatically assigned as the group leader for arranging the role of a student in a group performance for the PPT presentation. One of the students in a study group will be responsible for answering the teacher's question after the PPT presentation for 5 min, and the other two students will serve as the presenters in the PPT presentation and each at a 5 min talking in a collaborative way for presentation. Those students who will not be assigned to be a study group will be then asked to prepare a 10 min PPT and present individually. However, those online students in the B code section who do not stay in China are not required to present a class PPT presentation via “Voov” due to the WIFI technical concerns, and instead, each online student is required to record his/her 10-minute PPT presentation in its own PPT file and submit it before the due date we asked. Please be aware that, in general, the PPT topic for each student to prepare should be the same as your submitted proposal topic (The first PPT topic should go with your first proposal topic, the same requirement applied to your second PPT topic selection).
l The second proposal has to be prepared individually and submitted to teachers electronically in a word file format for evaluation and scoring due by May 6th, 2022, at 10:00 PM, Beijing time.
Be aware, that the second PPT presentation topic is generally required to use a topic in terms of the second submitted proposal by each student, including onsite and online students. Please be noted that the PPT presentation is further required to be performed individually by each student as your final examination.
Week 9 (April 22th):
Prof. Sun will address the problems and challenges in the regular PPT academic talking, clarify the differences between PPT academic talking and academic papers, emphasize the importance and characteristics of PPT academic talking, as well as explain the principles of transferring the academic papers into multimedia PPT expression.
Week 10 (April 29th):
Please submit the first proposal before the class and bring a hard copy to your teachers during class time (Both electronic and paper versions). For online students, it is required for an electronic copy for submission before the due time
Lecturing presented by Prof. Sun will be focused on some suggestions for how to build a formal seminar presentation (tips for main skills involved), suggestions for visual aids (tips for main techniques involved), as well as some general hinds for presenting (Tips for main strategies and skills in a presentation).
Week 11 (May 6th):
Evaluation and comments on students’ first proposals
In the first section: Prof. Sameh Samir Ali Atwa will provide a summary talk and comments on some common problems presented in student proposals and further offer some important useful tips.
In the second section: Prof. Sun will also lecture about how to answer the questions from the audience after a presentation (the strategies and the answering tips), how to best use the transition words during the presentation (tips and examples), and how to best deal with an international conference talking (common useful tips)? Explain a typical scientific PPT presentation with an example.
Class Homework: the first PPT file needs to be submitted via the appointed email address at firstname.lastname@example.org at least one day before your presentation by the onsite students.
II. Second Session: Week 12 to Week 14. Every student group for onsite students will be required to finish the first PPT presentation practice in a class time slot on a day assigned by the teacher. After the presentation, teachers will ask some questions to students in mimicking an international conference.
Week 12 (May 13th):
Please submit the second proposal before class for each student, including on-site and online groups.
Students in Group 1 to Group 3 should conduct PPT speeches, and the scores of the speeches are used as the mid-term test scores. Student “A” and Student “B” in a group of onsite students will function as two presenters who should collaborate together for a PPT academic speech at 5 minutes each for a total of 10 min talking. Student “C” will function as a question-answer during the interactive part of the Q & A section for at least 5 minutes. The teachers’ comments will provide regarding a team performance for 5 minutes, and at the last, the scores will also be determined for all students in a group. Each group performance for the PPT presentation will take no more than 20 minutes.
Week 13 (May 20th):
Students in Group 4 to Group 6 should conduct their PPT speeches, and the scores of the speeches are applied as the mid-term test scores. Student “A” and Student “B” in a group of onsite students will function as two presenters who should collaborate together for a PPT academic speech at 5 minutes each for a total of 10 min talking. Student “C” will function as a question-answer during the interactive part of the Q & A section for at least 5 minutes. The teachers’ comments will provide regarding a team performance for 5 minutes, and at the last, the scores will also be determined for all students in a group. Each group performance for the PPT presentation will take no more than 20 minutes.
Week 14 (May 27th):
For those online students, it is a due time today for submission of your PPT file, where your presentation speech is recorded with each single slide explanation within a total of 10 min, prior to May 27th, 2022, 10:00 PM, Beijing time. Over 10 min presentation PPT is not allowed, which will result in a loss of your points.
Students in Group 7 to Group 10 and the last student should conduct PPT speeches, and the scores of the speeches are used as the mid-term test scores. Student “A” and Student “B” in a group of onsite students will function as two presenters who should collaborate together for a PPT academic speech at 5 minutes each for a total of 10 min talking. Student “C” will function as a question-answer during the interactive part of the Q & A section for at least 5 minutes. The teachers’ comments will provide regarding a team performance for 5 minutes, and at the last, the scores will also be determined for all students in a group. Each group performance for the PPT presentation will take no more than 20 minutes.
At last, Prof. Sun will sum up the performance of all groups, make some important comments on the students' PPT quality and remaining problems, and detailed guidance on student issues will also be provided.
III. Third Session: Week 15-19 will serve as the final exam weeks. Each of the onsite student will be required to give an academic presentation with his/her PPT independently in a time slot arranged by teacher for final exam (Accounting for 60% of the total scores). Questions and answering session after the presentation by a student is also designed to mimic the conference pattern.
Week 15 (June 3rd):
Each student from A1-A6 will be arranged to conduct a ten min PPT presentation, and the performance will be evaluated and scored as his/her final exam.
Week 16 (June 10th)
Each student from A7-A12 will be arranged to conduct a ten min PPT presentation, and the performance will be evaluated and scored as his/her final exam.
Week 17 (June 17th):
Each student from A13-A18 will be arranged to conduct a ten min PPT presentation, and the performance will be evaluated and scored as his/her final exam.
Week 18 (June 24th):
Each student from A19-A24 will be arranged to conduct a ten min PPT presentation, and the performance will be evaluated and scored as his/her final exam.
Week 19 (July 1st):
For those online students, it is a due time today for submission of your PPT file (based on your second proposal), where your presentation speech is recorded with each single slide explanation within a total of 10 min, prior to June 24th, 2021, 10:00 PM, Beijing time. Over 10 min presentation PPT is not allowed, which will result in a loss of your points.
Each student from A25-A30 will be arranged to conduct a ten min PPT presentation, and the performance will be evaluated and scored as his/her final exam.
The teachers will sum up the performance of all students on their PPT presentations.
At last, all students are required to evaluate this course with their comments via a PPT format file (at least 5 slides), which should be submitted to teachers before our last class date (June 29th, 2021). We will post the student’s comments on the course website for information sharing. The submitted comments from each student will potentially win an extra bonus point, at least 1, and up to the 5 points (adding to your overall final score) based on your comments and PPT quality.
Part of the relevant references recommended for reading：
1. When the Scientist Presents: an audio and video guide to science talks (2010, Jean-Luc Lebrun, World Scientific CO. Pte. Ltd.).
2. Speaking and writing as a scientist (英文学术演讲与写作) (王景惠，刘丽达等，2012，哈尔滨工业大学出版社)
3. Presentation Pattern: techniques for crafting better presentations (2012, Neal Ford, Matthew McCullough, Nathaniel Schutta, Addison-Wesley Professional) (中文翻译本：演讲模式：演讲的技巧与禁忌，机械工业出版社)
Useful websites for you to keeping and exploring：
2. Interactive ideas
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