An oral presentation, worth 30% of a student’s total grade, is
a requirement of History 4950. The following is a set of guidelines for students
preparing such a presentation.
- The presentation will be given to all faculty and students who choose to
attend. Its purpose is to aid the presenter in the drafting of his or her final
version of the Individual Project, by furnishing the candidate with clear advice
two weeks before this final draft is due. As well, such occasions are intended
to acquaint students who are in an earlier stage of the program with what will
be expected of them later.
- The presenter should normally give a 20 minute talk. This will normally
comprise a brief summary of the first draft, followed by a discussion about the
origins, research and development of his or her project, including such things
a) how and why the topic was chosen;
b) the courses and evidence
upon which the project was based;
c) the central issues at the heart of the
d) the extent to which the shape of the project changed over
e) any problems encountered either in research or writing;
these problems were overcome;
g) any problems that remain to be solved;
advice to those who will follow in
should always be placed on categories B and C)
The presentation will then be followed by a question period, during which the
presenter will respond to any questions from faculty or fellow students.
STUDENTS WILL BE GRADED ON THE DEGREE OF CLARITY AND PREPARATION THEY
DISPLAY, NOT ON THEIR "STAGE PRESENCE".