CS 455/555 - Intro to Networks and Communications
Fall 2009: Tues/Thurs 3-4:15pm, Spong 0108

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  • Dr. Michele Weigle
  • mweigle at cs.odu.edu
  • E&CS 3214
  • Office Hours: MW 2:30-4pm
  • Grader: Hui Shi
  • hshi at cs.odu.edu


Syllabus (pdf)

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Advice on Giving Presentations

Specific to CS 555

  • 15-20 minute time limit
    • no need to rush
  • lecture-style
    • goal is to teach your fellow students something


  • First slide should always contain your title, your name (and names of your collaborators), and your affiliation
  • Have an outline at the beginning and a summary at the end
    • “Tell them what you’ll tell them, then tell them, then tell ‘em what you’ve told them”
  • Proof-read your slides
  • Check consistency in capitalization and font usage
  • Keep slides clean and simple
    • don’t use too many different fonts or colors
    • don’t use distracting backgrounds


  • Consider the audience
  • What’s the story you want to tell?
    • what do you want the audience to walk away knowing?
  • Keep in mind your time limit
    • only use about 80% of the allotted time (save time for questions)
  • Don’t get bogged down in the details
  • Start with motivation
    • why is this topic important?
  • Include helpful figures and illustrations.
    • if you use a figure from another source, give attribution (author, paper title, year).
  • Include enough background material that your audience will be able to follow your talk.


  • Practice! Practice! Practice!
    • get feedback from others
  • Having notes may be helpful, but don’t write out the entire talk
  • Don’t try to memorize your talk
  • Speak clearly and slowly
  • Face the audience