PPATH 590 Colloquium Syllabus

Fall semester 2016 PPATH 590 Colloquium course syllabus.

Course Logistics

Time and location:
Mondays | 3:35-4:30 p.m. |213 Buckhout Lab
Fridays | 12:20-1:10 p.m. | 5 Huck Life Sciences Bldg

Instructor: Dr. Yinong Yang

Instructor contact info:
Office: 405C Huck Life Sciences Bldg
Office Phone: (814) 867-0324

Seminar Committee Members:

  • Dr. Cristina Rosa (Chair) | 321 Buckhout Lab | (814) 865-5372 |
  • Dr. Yinong Yang | 405C Huck Life Sciences Bldg | (814) 867-0324 |
  • Dr. Donald D. Davis | 323 Buckhout Lab | (814) 865-1689 |

Course Grading

This is a one credit, satisfactory/unsatisfactory course. All students will be evaluated based on attendance during Monday afternoon seminars as determined from the seminar attendance record book. It is expected that you will let the instructor know in advance if you are unable to attend due to other obligations. More than three unexcused absences will result in an unsatisfactory grade. In addition, it is expected that you will attend and actively participate in at least 50 percent of the scheduled practice seminars. Active participation includes providing constructive feedback during the practice seminar and also via the feedback form. For students presenting a seminar, your practice will count towards your required number of practice seminars.

2nd Semester MS/PhD Students

Second semester M.S. or Ph.D. students are expected to prepare and deliver a seminar as part of the formal training in PPATH 590. These seminars will be delivered during the Friday, 12:20 p.m., class period unless otherwise scheduled. Topics will be selected by the student in consultation with his/her adviser and/or the course instructor. Dates will be scheduled with the course instructor.

The goal for this topic seminar is to cover an area of research in depth, to synthesize information gathered, and to link the topic to the student’s own research area. The topic selected should not be a review of the direct research area the student is working on nor should it be on a topic covered in a class lecture. Students entering the graduate program with prior research experiences, significant work experiences, or having completed a M.S. degree research may elect to give a seminar on previous work if the topics are related to plant pathology or at least related to plant science.

Subsequent seminars delivered on Mondays as part of the Plant Pathology Seminar Series will describe the student’s thesis research either as a thesis proposal seminar (2nd seminar Ph.D. student), or research seminar (M.S. or Ph.D. student exit seminar given in the final semester). This exit seminar may or may not coincide with the defense seminar but presents the culmination of thesis research.

Practice seminars will be scheduled for all students presenting seminars. The times will be determined based on the availability of the majority of the class. In the past these have been held on Thursdays over the lunch hour or some other time convenient to most students and the course instructor. If you have conflicts, please see the instructor to make alternative arrangements. Students who are interested in setting-up practice seminars in preparation for presentations at conferences or job interviews should please inform the course instructor. It is expected that the students will be well prepared for their practice seminars.

Seminar Abstracts

All students presenting a seminar are expected to prepare a seminar abstract. It should be no more than 250 to 300 words in length and contain only the most relevant references. All abstracts need to be reviewed and signed-off on by the thesis adviser. Submit the final signed copy of the abstract to the course instructor as well as an electronic version (Word doc) to the course instructor no less than one week prior to the scheduled seminar. For students presenting on Mondays also send an electronic copy to one week prior to the scheduled seminar.

Academic Integrity

Penn State defines academic integrity as the pursuit of scholarly activity in an open, honest and responsible manner. All students should act with personal integrity, respect other students’ dignity, rights and property, and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their efforts.

Dishonesty of any kind will not be tolerated in this course. Dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarizing, fabricating information or citations, facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others, having unauthorized possession of examinations, submitting work of another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic work of other students. Students who are found to be dishonest will receive academic sanctions and will be reported to the University’s Judicial Affairs office for possible further disciplinary sanction.

Disability Services

Student Disability Resources provides services for disability-related concerns of Penn State students at the University Park campus and acts in an advisory capacity to the Disability Contact liaisons at other Penn State locations. The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities and is committed to the policy that all people shall have equal access to programs, facilities, and admissions without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualifications as determined by University policy or by state or federal authorities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation in this course or have questions about physical access, please tell the instructor as soon as possible.

Flu Protocols

In compliance with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control recommendations, Penn State students should NOT attend class or any public gatherings while ill with influenza. The illness and self-isolation period will usually be about a week. It is very important that individuals avoid spreading the flu to others. Students with the flu DO NOT need to provide a physician's certification of illness. However, ill students should inform the course instructor via e-mail, not personally, that they are absent from class because of the flu. Notification needs to occur at the onset or during the illness and the instructor will work with you at the time of your recovery to get you back on track in the class.