Instructions for Term Paper and Power Point
“Effects on USA employment in the textile industry after globalization eliminates the ability to compete in a global market where legal minimum wages vary by country”.
- Remember to use strict APA format, including an abstract, title page, page numbers, headings, conclusion and proper references.
- Follow the guidelines for creating your PowerPoint slides and use the examples provided in Blackboard to avoid: small fonts, crowded slides, improper graphics (see # 3 below) and too much background data.
- PowerPoint slides MUST highlight key models and findings from your Term Paper/Research Project.
- Graphics should be with appropriate scale, clearly legible in the paper and in a PowerPoint, and should always use zero as the arch and – this means a chart of stock prices doesn’t start at 50 and show the stock doubling from 50 to 100.
- Use the primary tools from the text: supply & demand, elasticity, marginal costs,
MR=MC, short run vs. long run equilibrium, industry types, pricing models, etc.
Remember that many of the models you might choose to use will require a comparison with other firms or industries.
- Must compare firms, or industries, or time periods, or different outcomes from pricing strategies.
- This is a project of economic analysis using models from the text, not a descriptive term paper or re-telling of a story of text case.
- Some basic types of projects would include analysis of (1) pricing tools, (2) types of costs (fixed vs. variable, short run vs. log run), (3) oligopoly strategies, (4) industry exit and barriers to entry, (5) marginal cost and profit maximization examples.
- Incorporate the section on price floors and price ceilings.
PowerPoint Presentation Advice
Structuring Your Talk:
Preparing a talk always takes far longer than you anticipate. Start early!
- Tell a story in a logical sequence.
- Stick to the key concepts. Avoid description of specifics and unnecessary details.
- Keep your sentences short, about 10-20 words each is ideal. This is the way people usually talk. But….
- I prefer words or phrases only not sentences
- Strive for clarity. Are these the best words for making your point? Are they unambiguous? Are you using unfamiliar jargon or acronyms?
Preparing Your Slides:
- Let the picture or graphics tell the story – minimize the use of text.
- Don’t overload your slides with too much text or data.
- FOCUS. In general, using a few powerful slides is the aim.
- Prepare an Agenda or Table of Contents slide. You can reuse the same slide at the end of the presentation by changing the title to Summary.
- Proofread everything, including visuals and numbers.
- Strive for similar line lengths for text.
- A font size of 28 to 34 with a bold font is recommended for subtitles. The title default size is 44. Use a san serif font for titles.
- Use clear, simple visuals. This = clean graphs and readable fonts and
- Use contrast: light on dark or dark on light.
- Place your graphics in a similar location within each screen.
- Font size must be large enough to be easily read. Size 28 to 34 with a bold font is recommended.
- It is distracting if you use a wide a variety of fonts.
- Too much text makes the slide unreadable. You may just as well show a blank slide. Stick to a few key words.
- Numbers are usually confusing to the audience. Use as few as possible and allow extra time for the audience to do the math.
- Numbers should never be ultra precise:
“Anticipated Revenues of $660,101.83” looks silly. Are your numbers that accurate? Just say $660 thousand. Don’t show pennies.