Course title 
Typesetting Scientific Presentations 
Semester 
1092 
Designated for 
COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES GRADUATE INSTITUTE OF ECONOMICS 
Instructor 
BENJAMIN BERNARD 
Curriculum Number 
ECON7222 
Curriculum Identity Number 
323EM0800 
Class 

Credits 
1.0 
Full/Half Yr. 
Half 
Required/ Elective 
Elective 
Time 
第13,14,15,16,17,18 週 Tuesday 9,10,A(16:30~19:15) 
Remarks 
Restriction: MA students and beyond OR Restriction: Ph. D students The upper limit of the number of students: 40. 
Ceiba Web Server 
http://ceiba.ntu.edu.tw/1092ECON7222_ 
Course introduction video 

Table of Core Capabilities and Curriculum Planning 
Table of Core Capabilities and Curriculum Planning 
Course Syllabus

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Course Description 
This minicourse provides an introduction to Latex, widely used in the scientific community to typeset documents and presentations. While we will cover the basics for a variety of document types, our main focus is on creating beautiful slides to present your research in the most effective way. In particular, a good amount of time is dedicated to creating graphs, images, visualizing code and data, and on accessing your scientific output from MATLAB, R, or Python with as little manual effort as possible.
In order to accommodate different preexisting Latex skill levels, I will provide lecture videos with some practice questions ahead of time. We then meet on Tuesday to discuss your solutions to the questions and any problems you may have had with the macros. I expect that videos and inclass time will make up about half of the class time each. In particular, the class on Tuesday will not extend beyond 18:00. 
Course Objective 
The main goal of this course is to improve the students' efficiency while working with Latex. The less time you spend figuring out how to write up or present your research, the more time you have to actually work on your research. 
Course Requirement 
Grading: Student presentations 100%
In groups, students optimize the Latex implementation of one task that frequently occurs when presenting economic research. Students present their implementation to the class one week after the fourth lecture. Grading criteria are originality of the problem, efficiency of the Latex code of their solution, and aesthetics of the slides. 
Student Workload (expected study time outside of class per week) 

Office Hours 

Designated reading 
待補 
References 
1. Donald E. Knuth: The TeXbook, American Mathematical Society (1986)
2. Till Tantau: TikZ & PGF  Manual for version 3.1.8b (2013), https://mirrorhk.koddos.net/CTAN/graphics/pgf/base/doc/pgfmanual.pdf
3. Till Tantau, Joseph Wright, and Vedran Miletic: The BEAMER class  User guide for version 3.61 (2017), http://tug.ctan.org/macros/latex/contrib/beamer/doc/beameruserguide.pdf
Other helpful resources:
4. https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX
5. https://www.overleaf.com/learn 
Grading 

Week 
Date 
Topic 
Week 1 
5/18 
Latex basics. Latex engines, editors, and packages. Typesetting formulas, lists, tables, and figures. Organizing your document with sections, theorems, and appendices. References and Citations. 
Week 2 
5/25 
Customizing your files. Creating your own commands and packages. Embedding external files. Some layout guidelines. Helpful tools for collaborations. Variants of Latex: Xetex and Luatex. 
Week 3 
6/1 
Creating graphs with TikZ. Improving coding efficiency with global style settings, Cartesian/polar/relative coordinates, for loops, and if statements. Plotting functions, importing and visualizing data from Matlab, R, and Python. 
Week 4 
6/8 
Creating slides with Beamer. Customizing styles, color schemes, and beamer templates. Overlays and handouts. Layout guidelines: space management and visual cues. 
Week 5 
6/15 
Additional topics and student presentations. 
