Additional information about each Tobacco and Health: From Cells to Society assignment will be provided during the course.
2. Letter to the Editor (10%; Due September 27)
Students will choose from a prepared list of tobacco related news articles reflecting current issues in the area of tobacco and health. They will prepare a letter (not exceeding 250 words) to the editor of a national newspaper regarding their article.
Evaluation: Since this is required early in the course, students will be assessed on the originality, appropriateness and strength of the argument used in their letter, rather than on extensive knowledge of the topic.
2. Student Policy Debate (25%; October 28, November 1)
Students will prepare a 5 minute PowerPoint presentation arguing for or against an assigned topic to convince and inform the audience on the topic. Following the presentation, there will be time for discussion with class members and instructors. An electronic version of the presentation slides and the full list of references used will be submitted.
Evaluation: Class presentations will be assessed on the basis of success in identifying important issues and information on the topic, persuasiveness, timing, and clarity of communication, including organization of material, presentation style, and slides.
2. Abstract (25%; Due November 8)
Students will prepare an abstract in a form suitable for a scientific conference. An electronic version of the abstract/ will be submitted. The topic of the abstract will be a systematic review of a tobacco-related question. The topic and research question must be approved by the instructors in advance.
Evaluation: The abstract will be assessed on the basis of success in identifying and developing an important research question, and consistency with abstract format.
3.Systematic Review Poster (30%; Due December 6)
Students will prepare a systematic review and present it in a poster based on the abstract submitted in assignment III.
Evaluation: The systematic review will be assessed on the basis of strength of identifying and developing a research question, selection of an appropriate search and synthesis methodology, presentation of results, critical analysis of the literature, as well as clarity and style of the poster.
3. Reading and Lecture Response (10%; ongoing)
Students will post a comment to the listserv (email to TOBACCOCOURSE-L@listserv.utoronto.ca) in after lecture each week. This response could include a thoughtful comment about one of the readings, a selection of a relevant paper or resource that contributes to the understanding of the topic, or responding to the content of the lecture. The response should try challenge others to think about the material in new ways in the interest of making the class more vibrant and worthwhile for all members of the class.
Evaluation: Reading response will be assessed on completion of a response for at least nine of the classes), as well as offering arguments and responses for others.