Scott Jordan
Department of Computer Science University of California, Irvine
  Econ 11 / ICS 11 Case Studies

==== If your group is a Staffer ====

Two weeks before your presentation:

Start reading the case materials two weeks before the Thursday of the week of your case study. Read enough so that you understand what the "pro" and "con" positions mean.

Initial Report due 10 or 11 days before your presentation (see course homepage for due date):

You are working for a member of the United States Senate. Your group should decide which Senator you are working for. Your job is to recommend how your Senator should vote.

Write a 2 page report explaining what the "pro" position means and what the "con" position means. You must explain both positions. Tell us which Senator you are working for. Identify a few stakeholders that are on each side of the issue. You should not yet present arguments for either position. Focus only on what the pro side wants and what the con side wants.

Turn in the report by 10pm on the due date 10 or 11 days before your presentation (see course homepage for due date). Only one member of your group should do the following: Convert your initial report to PDF. Rename the file to include your group number, e.g. Group3StafferInitialReport. Post the report on gradescope.com in the Staffer Initial Report assignment.

Create your presentation:

You will analyze the arguments made by the pro and con groups. Before you start your analysis, you must first understand who the various stakeholders are and what positions they support. Then analyze the arguments often made by pro and con sides. Decide what you believe and don't believe about these arguments. Bring in course concepts from both economics and networking in your analysis; this is critical and example concepts will be listed on each case study page. Make sure you get your facts correct. More detailed suggestions for how to do this are on these lecture slides.

Then, think about whether your group likes the "pro" and/or "con" positions. Think about what is good for the constituents of the Senator you are working for; this includes both the people and the companies in your district. See if you can find a different position than either "pro" or "con" that you like better. Sketch out what your position will be.

Start to prepare your presentation at least one week before your presentation date.

Turn in a draft copy of your presentation slides by 10pm on the due date 3 or 4 days before your presentation (see course homepage for due date). Only one member of your group should do the following: Convert your draft slides to PDF. Rename the file to include your group number, e.g. Group3StafferDraftSlides. Post the draft slides on gradescope.com in the Staffer Draft Slides assignment.

Make sure to attend the class the lecture before your presentation date to hear the lobbyist presentations. The following day, read the lobbyist slides and reports, which you can download from the Econ 11 / ICS 11 EEE Dropbox.

Finalize your presentation: Add to your draft presentation an analysis of the arguments that the lobbyists make. State what you believe to be true and false from both sides. State what you believe will be best for your constituents. The presentation should be in either Powerpoint or PDF format. You will have 9 minutes to present, so a rough guideline is that you should have 6-12 slides. You will not have nearly enough time to present everything you have learned. Therefore, you should decide what you think is the most important information for your classmates. Warning: the 9 minutes will probably elapse more quickly than you think, and you should definitely practice your timing as a group before class.

 

The day of your presentation:

  1. Before the class, upload your presentation to somewhere where you can very quickly retrieve it in class. You must use the computer in the classroom.
  2. During the first 50 minutes of class, your group will present your analysis to the class. You can share the 9 minutes among your team however you desire. You should practice the presentation beforehand to get the timing right.
  3. During the last 30 minutes of class, your group will answer questions posed by Reporters.

The evening after your presentation:

  1. Turn in your slides by 10pm. Only one member of your group should do the following: Convert your draft slides to PDF. Rename the file to include your group number, e.g. Group3StafferFinalSlides. Post the slides on gradescope.com in the Staffer Final Slides assignment.
  2. Each student in the group must fill out a peering grading survey (link to be added soon).

 

Grading:

  • Presentation:
    • Networking arguments: 20 points
    • Economics arguments: 20 points
    • Public policy arguments: 15 points
    • Integration of networking, economics, and public policy arguments: 10 points
    • Creativity of proposed position: 10 points
    • Presentation skills (slide order, slide content, verbal comments): 20 points
    • Timing (how close to the time limit was your presentation?): 5 points
Scott Jordan last modified April 3, 2017 UCICSNetworked Systems