2016 Advanced Presentation in Physics

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Graduate major in Physics
Shi Jie 
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Course description and aims

This course aims to provide students of intermediate and advanced level of English with opportunities to practice presentation skills for academic research purposes through activities and projects common in academic contexts. The course focuses on fostering students’ competences of:
(1) academic discussion for international communication
(2) academic presentation for international conferences
(3) active participation in lab presentation and discussion
(4) persuasion, argumentation and problem-solving

Student learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students are expected to make individualized improvements in the following aspects:
(1) participation in and leading group discussions
(2) sharing information and expressing opinions
(3) communicating with researchers at international conferences and socializing outside of conferences
(4) delivering ppt presentation with more confidence
(5) initiating and persuading others with reasoning
(6) defending individual research


language competence, academic discussion, ppt presentation, reasoning, confidence

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Each class is divided into four stages, the review, orientation and warming up stage, the lecture and controlled practice stage, and the free and application stage. Students are engaged in active participation in class activities either individually or collaboratively in small groups.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance, Self-introduction, Icebreaking, pre-course survey Reading the handout on group discussion; Preparing for sharing difficulties of participating in and leading a group discussion in English
Class 2 Group discussion skills: active participation and leading
Class 3 Sharing research: summarizing, reporting, interpreting (Review Advanced Writing in Physics) Exercises on the various types of cognitive thinking and types of questions
Class 4 Sharing research: commenting, questioning and evaluating
Class 5 Communication at international conferences: in and out of presentation sessions Watching TED talks and choosing one to present it to the class (3-5 minutes)
Class 6 Reporting and summarizing 1: TED Talks
Class 7 Persuasiveness, argumentation, and presentation strategies: TED Talks Self-evaluation on body language
Class 8 Non-verbal communication, body language, confidence
Class 9 Initiating and propose research ideas/topics Interviewing senior members of students' labs for past experiences with Ph.D defense
Class 10 Presentation for Ph.D defense
Class 11 Topics proposed by students
Class 12 Outlining PPT presentation Reading academic presentation outlines
Class 13 Language characteristics of PPT slides Reading and analyzing common problems with language used for PPT presentation
Class 14 Practicing PPT presentation individually
Class 15 Practicing PPT presentation individually or in groups; End-of-Course Evaluation



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To be announced in class

Assessment criteria and methods

Students are required to keep a high percentage of attendance and to actively participate in class. Creativity and critical thinking are highly encouraged and valued. As cooperative learning is a crucial point of training, students will need to be willing to work with other classmates in various kinds of activities. Student participation and collaboration in class are also part of the final evaluation.
Attendance, attitudes, performance and collaboration with other students in class: 30%
Presentations: 50%
Homework: 20%
Students' self-evaluation and peer evaluation will also be considered.

Related courses

  • PHY.P411 : Basic Presentation in Physics

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