Discussion Section Guidelines
· Come to discussion
section having read each paper in detail (see below).
Bring with you all three papers and, if possible, in color. Professors and TAs will have a color
copy on hand.
When reading the paper:
· What is the
question the authors want to address? Why is it important, given the context?
· What is the
approach/methodology they use to answer the question? Is there anything
novel/unusual about the approach itself, not just about the question?
· Do the
author’s findings contribute toward addressing the question?
· What are
some future directions the authors could pursue based on their results?
· Be able to
present the findings of each figure to your fellow classmates and how it
contributes toward addressing the question.
· Have an
understanding of the supplementary data.
· Discussion sections
comprise of 2 parts:
Part I: Discussion of one of the three papers in detail
(background/significance, figures, and future directions). Inclusive in this discussion are
possible caveats of the paper.
Part II: Each group in Part I will present the paper
discussed in the previous hour to the rest of the group. It is assumed that everyone read the
paper; therefore, the presenters (“experts”) should be concise and discuss
before/after paper model, key figure, and caveats/important discussion points
from Part I. This should also be a
time for the other groups to ask the “experts” questions they have about the
· Participation is part
of your grade!
This means that you should have a good grasp of the figures
to show us that you did your best to read and understand the article. In addition, you are highly encouraged
to think of caveats, to discuss the future direction, and to critically think
and ask questions that pertain to the overall concept of the paper.
· If you miss section,
submit a ½page summary for each
paper to Egle (email@example.com).
by Egle Cekanaviciute (firstname.lastname@example.org)