2021 Presentation for Science and Engineering II

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Graduate major in Human Centered Science and Biomedical Engineering
Chu Ray 
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Course description and aims

For any successful researcher or business person presentation skill is not only essential but a prerequisite. The result of a presentation can differ greatly when the same topic is presented by two different presenters. Why certain presenters can grab the audience’s heart while others make people fall asleep? This course aims to help students inject a fresh flavor into template presentations that tend to follow the same pattern. Through weekly activities and on-the-stage practices, students will learn and apply elements in their presentations that will keep their audience engaged throughout. 
*This course is designed for students who are non-native English speakers.       

Student learning outcomes

Through this course:
Students will be able to recognize the elements of engaging presentations.
Students will be able to utilize language tools to enhance their messages and interactions with the audience in English presentations.  


confidence, English, presentation, discussion, techniques 

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

1. Exposure to skills
2. Hands-on practices of the skills
3. Analysis
4. 2nd enactment of the skill 
5.Application of the skills

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Course overview Watch TED video: "How to sound smart in your TEDx Talk" Discussion on elements that make the presentation fun. Handout      
Class 2 Jump-starting the presentation Students learn to engage the whole audience at the start of a presentation by conducting polls and telling stories.        Handout      
Class 3 Engaging the audience's emotions Students learn to incorporate jokes, pauses and rhetorical questions in presentations.    Handout      
Class 4 Handling slides Students learn to present slides effectively in two very different styles.   Handout      
Class 5 Connecting with the audience Students learn to create connections with the audience by including the audience in the presentation and putting down the script.    Handout      
Class 6 Ending with a message; Review quiz Students learn to end the presentation with a strong impression by using certain keywords.   Handout Course review Presentation preparation
Class 7 Final Test Day 1: Presentations The listeners will be writing down feedback for each presentation and the finished paper will be graded as a final exam. Prepare presentations 

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


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Assessment criteria and methods

1. Being able to engage the audience during a speech
2. Being able to recognize the elements of a engaging presentation

Related courses

  • Presentation for Science and Engineering I 

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

It is desirable that students taking the course have some communication skills in English, whether communication I has already been completed.
To be eligible for official registration students must attend at least two out of the first three lectures.
This course is designed for students who are non-native English speakers.

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