Due: 27 April, 11:59 pm

Weight: This assignment is worth 0.5% of your final grade.

Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is to learn some tips for effectively communicating the results of your analyses to others. We will look at strategies for giving effective presentations / speeches as well as best practices for designing slides.

Assessment: This assignment is graded using a check system:

  • ✔+ (110%): Reflection shows phenomenal thought and engagement with the course content. I will not assign these often.
  • ✔ (100%): Reflection is thoughtful, well-written, and shows engagement with the course content. This is the expected level of performance.
  • ✔− (50%): Reflection is hastily composed, too short, and/or only cursorily engages with the course content. This grade signals that you need to improve next time. I will hopefully not assign these often.

Notice that this is essentially a pass/fail or completion-based system. I’m not grading your writing ability, I’m not counting the exact number of words you write, and I’m not looking for encyclopedic citations of every single reading to prove that you did indeed read everything. I’m looking for thoughtful engagement, that’s all. Do good work and you’ll get a ✓.

For this week’s reflection, download and edit this template.


Watch this video on how to start a speech:


For your final reflection, in addition to any thoughts that emerged when going through the above content, write about a talk or presentation you saw that you found particularly impactful. Was there anything memorable about it that made the presenter’s message stick? Do you remember how the speaker began or ended their talk?

Knit and Submit

  • Knit your document to a html page.
  • Create a zip file of everything in your R Project folder.
  • Go to the “Assignment Submission” page on Blackboard and submit your zip file.

EMSE 4575: Exploratory Data Analysis (Spring 2021)
Wednesdays | 12:45 - 3:15 PM | Dr. John Paul Helveston | jph@gwu.edu |