web poster addressing a theme or topic related
to Ocean Sedimentation or Stratigraphy
Web Poster implementation
plans due: Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007
Web Poster front page and
content overview due: March 22, 2007
Final web poster project due:
April 23, 2007
You should self-select your Web Poster team (2-3 people maximum)
and ponder project ideas by Late January. If no one in your group
has any familiarity with html (hypertext markup language) or web
publishing software, at least one member of the group will need
to attend a 2-hour AcIS course on web publishing available at Columbia.
have limited enrollment - SO REGISTER EARLY!!!. You can register
for this 2-hour class here.
The poster project is designed to
get you to think intensively about a particular aspect of ocean sedimentation,
geochemistry, stratigraphy that we discuss in this course. By completing
this project you will have learned how to research a scientific problem,
how to present it in a scientific context, and you will also discover
something new for yourselves about your particular research question.
Select a topic that interests you
most and something that is reasonable in scope. We can easily help
you to find good topics that are managable - a common problem is that
students sometimes select ideas that are far too comprehensive and
difficult for a term project.
1) Poster Implementation Plan:
A 1-2 page Implementation Plan presents
an overview of the proposed Web Poster topic. The Implementation
plan should present a summary of the research question you wish
to address, overview of the problem, what's interesting about it,
what new areas of the topic you hope to explore, and a list of 4-7
references that you have found to be useful.
2) Web poster front page
and content overview:
this deadline, each team must submit a draft version of their web
poster front page (as a URL link) and a 2-3 page document of the
major themes/content of the poster web page. The reason for this
intermediate deadline is to follow your progress with the web page
content and its design/construction. The content overview text should
address the following topics: 1) One paragraph statement of the
research problem, 2) Brief synopsis of each "linked" section
of your web page including the theme/idea, probable content and
relevance, references and relation to the scope of the overall theme;
3) Team member responsibilities and assignments for the final submission.
3) Submission of the completed
web poster project: Ten-minute student poster presentations will
be on the last day of class
You should be making regular progress
on the project throughout the second half of the course. Each of
you probably has experienced the heartbreak of procrastination -
don't let this happen to you here! The project represents alot of
work and a correspondingly high proportion of your final grade,
so be sure to give it the time and committment that it needs. I
will be very firm about the submission deadline so plan ahead.
The web poster format, content,
and referencing styles are summarized below - a hand out will be
distributed in class which outlines the format, presentation, citation,
and content requirements of the posters, as well as the grading
policy. One goal of this project is to have you become familiar
with how scientific data and results are presented professionally.
The physical format of
the poster paper will be similar to that used in scientific meetings:
each poster paper will need an introduction, statement of objectives,
methodology, results and conclusions. Thorough and proper citation
of all sources (graphical and intellectual) is mandatory.
Each group will have ten minutes
to present their web poster in the last day of class. Mountains
of pizza and drinks will be supplied!
February 25, 2007