The goal of the Parliamentary Debate category is to encourage undergraduate engineering students to present a well-reasoned viewpoint with a minimum of preparation time. Engineers are often required to evaluate and argue for or against a proposal on short notice. In this category, competitors defend or refute a previously undisclosed resolution using a straight debate style.
2.2. Facilities Provided by the Competitors
· Competitors are recommended to bring paper and writing implements for preparing arguments.
3. Topic Selection
The resolutions will be topics related to science, engineering, technology, education, or other topics of direct interest to engineers and engineering students but will not be too complex or difficult.
Three (3) judges per preliminary debate are required. Scoring a debate is based on the overall impression the debater provides to the judges in the following areas:
· Argument and Evidence – have the important points of the resolution been sufficiently developed? Has enough argument and evidence been presented?
· Refutation – Did the debater address points brought up by the opponent?
· Organization and Analysis – Were the arguments presented in an ordered and logical manner?
· Delivery and Persuasiveness – Was the speech clear and precise? Was the debater interesting and entertaining? Were they convincing and confident of what they were saying?
· Ingenuity and Wit – Did the debater have a unique style? Did the debater make appropriate use of humor?
Particular attention is given to the summaries presented at the end of the debate.
Each debater on the team is graded out of a total of fifty (50) points for a combined maximum total of one hundred (100) points per team. Debaters will be penalized for any Points of Order or Privilege “well taken” against them during the debate. The amount of the penalty is dependent on the severity of the offense and is at the discretion of the judges.
Debaters exceeding their time limit during the debate will be assessed a deduction by the judges. Debaters who use significantly less than the allotted time will not be assessed a timing penalty; however, it will likely affect their scoring in accordance with the marking scheme.
6. Competition Procedures
7. Debate Content