The Origin and Evolution of Human Language
Prof. Suzanne Kemmer
Books, Website and Other Sources
As the above shows, there are no exams in the course.
Grading of the work will be based primarily on quality of the content of the work (quality of your ideas, your generalizations based on evidence gathered, your understanding of how other researchers' ideas fit together, clear referencing of claims and assumptions used in building your argument, and organizational coherence that can allows the argument to be understood and followed). As a secondary criterion, I also take account of the professionalism of the written work and Powerpoints. Anything that detracts from professionalism--typos, misspellings, poor organization, etc. will affect the grade as well.
Content and form are not always precisely distinguishable when assessing quality of a project. With a Powerpiont, the structure gives you an easy way to organize your thoughts, but it is still possible to present a project in Powerpoint form that does not show a coherent progression of ideas, that therefore cannot be used easily by others to gain new knowledge. Try always to consider your work from another person's point of view - is your work teaching them something?
In general, in assessment of a project the following considerations are of great importance: How easy is it for others seeing the Powerpoint to absorb an understanding of the project? Have you made a convincing case for whatever claims or generalizations you are trying to establish in your project? Providing and referencing evidence to support your points is crucial. If you are assessing other researchers' work, are your assessments based on evidence from other work that you can bring to bear on what the researchers are claiming?
I expect students' Powerpoints and written work to be of sufficient quality that they can be posted/archived on the course website as additional resources for students and scholars searching for information on the particular topics of the course.