Bio 204L Fall 2011
Plant Formal Presentation (P2-25 pts.)
Due Week 7 (Oct 3-7, 2011)
By following the suggestions below, you help ensure that your group will give a successful
PowerPoint presentation. Please make sure to take note of both the specific assignment
guidelines and the formatting recommendations.
204L – Specific Assignment Guidelines
This PowerPoint presentation is going to convey your results and conclusions of your
independent investigation to your TA and fellow classmates. Make sure that you carefully review
the assignment guidelines below, or else you will be in jeopardy of losing points.
Presentations will be given in class during week 7 (Oct 3-7, 2011).
The formal presentation is worth 25 points.
Each group will have 20 minutes to present. You will lose points if your presentation
goes over 20 minutes, or is shorter than 15 minutes, so plan accordingly and PRACTICE!
Each group member must speak for approximately 5-6 minutes (based on if you have 3 to
4 people in your group).
The presentation must be EMAILED to your TA at least 24 hours before your lab begins.
Check below for your lab period and the corresponding time your presentation will be
Wednesday Section 3 Email on Oct 4th by 8:00am
Section 4 Email on Oct 4th by 11:30am
Section 5 Email on Oct 4th by 3:30pm
Section 6 Email on Oct 4th by 7:00pm
Thursday Section 7 Email on Oct 5th by 8:00am
Section 8 Email on Oct 5th by 11:30am
Section 9 Email on Oct 5th by 3:30pm
Section 10 Email on Oct 5th by 7:00pm
Friday Section 11 Email on Oct 6th by 8:00am
Section 12 Email on Oct 6th by 11:30am
It is very important that you follow this schedule, so that your TA has time to download
the presentation on the main computer and it is ready to go when you come to class (also
so that he/she has time to contact you if problems arise). We will NOT allow you to save
the presentation to a floppy disc, CD, or memory stick, and then try and open it right
before presenting. Issues always arise when this happens, and with approximately 6
groups presenting, there is no time to waste. (The computers in the classroom are not
even capable of reading floppy discs and CDs.)
Bio 204L Fall 2011
The presentation must be submitted as ONE file. Do not email multiple sections to your
TA for him/her to compile. If each person in your group works on one section, it is still
up to the group to put together the entire presentation.
Make sure you include the following sections in your presentation:
o Introduction – including hypothesis/hypotheses, prediction(s), and
o Materials and Methods – a brief, but clear overview. DO NOT include set
up details for the Qubit system – this will cause you to lose points. Focus
on the treatment details and what your group is measuring.
o Results – only present the outcome; leave interpretation to the discussion
o Discussion – interpretation of results
o Conclusion – problems encountered; things you learned/possible
improvements; where to go next/future experiments based on the results
Formal PowerPoint Presentation Guidelines are found in Appendix F of the
Biology 204 Lab Manual, pg 195.
For additional help with Formal Presentations, refer to A Short Guide to Writing
about Biology, 6th Edition, Pechenik (packaged with the Pearson Textbook) pg
You will be graded on:
o Overall Format (1 pt.)
o Delivery and Clarity of Voice (2 pts.)
o Total Time Presenting (2 pts.)
o Clearly Stated Hypothesis (3 pts.)
o General Set-up of Project Background (3 pts.)
o Clear and Concise Materials and Methods (2 pts.)
o Figures Clearly Depict Data (2 pts.)
o Figures Labeled and Captioned (1 pt.)
o Verbal Explanation of Results (2 pts.)
o Interpret/Compare with other Research (3 pts.)
o Discussion of Broader Significance (2 pts.)
o Conclusions/Addressed Hypothesis (2 pts.)