Each student will give a presentation, as per the design of this course indicated in the undergraduate
course bulletin. The purpose of your presentation is to briefly teach a new topic to the class in a way
that is meaningful and comprehensible. Presentations will be prerecorded and posted online and may
be viewed from the comfort of your own computer, wherever you would like. Approximately one class
meeting per month will be devoted to student presentations, which will be followed by a brief quiz
regarding the material covered in the presentations. Students will record themselves presenting a
slideshow using an option like VidGrid or Zoom. More information about free options will be provided.
Presentations are due at 6:00 pm on the day before (a.k.a. Wednesday) the presentation day (a.k.a.
Thursday) via Dropbox. Each presentation should last approximately 15 minutes. If your presentation is
shorter than 13 minutes or longer than 17 minutes, you will be penalized. You are responsible for
ensuring that the presentation is audible. Presentation material should follow the following guidelines,
which are specific to the type of presentation being given. Rest assured that previous classes have
shown that neither option is inherently more difficult than the other. You will be given an opportunity
to indicate your preferences from among a list of presentation topics.
1. If you have been assigned a case study to present, you must include at a minimum the following:
• A thorough background of the offender,
• Discussion of the offense(s) committed, and
• One empirical research article about a topic related to this case and an explanation of how this
study applies to this case. For example, you may look up this type of offender and discuss how
this particular offender fits with the profile or differs from the typical offender, or you may
present research related to a risk factor in the offender’s history.
Presentations will be graded on the following basis:
• Thoroughness of the research – 25%
• Clarity of the presentation of information – 20%
• Critical thinking and integration of ideas – 20%
• Use of the above guidelines – 15%
• Appropriateness of sources used – 10%
• Correct use of APA style, grammar, punctuation, etc. – 10%