The course consists of a combination of lectures, round-table discussions, and student presentations. The general schedule includes a 20-30 minute student presentation one meeting per week, followed by a round table discussion of the same topic in a second meeting (1 to 1.5 hr) of the same week. The textbook by Ross serves as a general frame of reference for course content. Presentations and group discussions also require each student to read the primary literature weekly.
The initial two presentations will be made by M. Ross; subsequently, presentations are assigned sequentially to students. Students prepare for each round table discussion session by completing literature searches and reading specific articles of each person's choice that address the subject matter for discussion. There are no specific assigned readings for the discussion groups. With each student doing reading of their choice, the group as a whole is able to cover a much broader range of the published literature on each subject. Students are responsible for providing each member of class with a hard copy bibliography of the readings that they do each week, so that all class members end up with citations to all readings done by the class. During discussions, students cite the source of their information.