Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Presentation Techniques

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Media and Communications

DESCRIPTION A study-unit intended to familiarize students with verbal and non-verbal techniques and aids used in public presentations. Students are expected to participate actively, with evaluation feedback from the the other students in the group contributing to the lecture.

The study-unit consists of the presentation and discussion of:

- Issues of Influence: persuasion, propaganda, etc, and issues of of learning and audience reception: styles, delivery methods, etc;
- How to examine objectives, delivery methods, audiences and environment;
- The presenter as medium - public speaking, posture, expression, tone, non-verbals, etc. This is one of the most important parts of the unit;
- An introduction to the use of visuals (different categories of visuals, visual literacy, the generation of visuals - from match-stick figures to clip-art manipulation), audio, computer software and other tools to aid presentations, as well as report writing, bibliographies, etc;
- An in depth study of the use of instructional and presentation media.

Study-Unit Aims:

This study-unit aims:

– To make students aware of innate communication skills and how control can be taken of them;
– To help students prepare better for public speaking assignments and presentations;
– To enhance personal communications skills.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

– Be aware of natural communication inclinations and how to control them;
– Discern what communication strategies are needed for any given situation;
– Utilise knowledge gained of the influence on communication by issues of persuasion;
– Evaluate communication needs and their solutions.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

– Give presentations with ends that meet the expectations of the intentions;
– Communicate in a more personally-controlled way in face-to-face situations;
– Apply a knowledge of persuasive techniques to public speaking;
– Evaluate audiences and their needs, and apply this to communication solutions.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Adler, R. (2014). Interplay: The process of interpersonal communication (13th ed). New York: Oxford University Press US.

Supplementary Readings:

- Argyle, M. (1988). Bodily Communication (2~ ed.). London: Routledge.
- Beebe, S. A., & Beebe, S. J. (1994).Public Speaking: An audience-centred approach. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall.
- Denny, R. (1994). Speakforyourself London: Kogan Page.
- Ellington. H., & Race, P. (1993). Producing Teaching Materials. 2nd edition. London: Kogan Page.
- Hogg, M. A., & Vaughan, G.M. (1995) Social Psychology: An introduction. London: Prentice Hall/Harvester Wheatsheaf.
- McKenzie, C. (1993). Successful Presentations. London: Century Business.
- Messaris, P. (1994). Visual Literacv: Image, Mind, & Reality. Boulder: Westview Press.
- Murphy, B. (1995). Presentations for professional communicators. Bath: Batsford.
- Nicholls, A. (1995). How to master public speaking (3rd ed.). Plymouth: How to books.
- O'Donnell, V. & Kable, J. (1983). Persuasion.' An interactive dependency a~proach. New York: Random House.
- Pettersson, R. (1989). Visuals for Information: Research and Practice. New Jersey: Educational Technology Publications.
- Wadsworth, W. (2015). Communication Skills: A Practical Guide to Improving Your Social Intelligence, Presentation, Persuasion and Public Speaking: Volume 9. Seattle: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork SEM2 No 20%
Presentation (10 Minutes) SEM2 No 35%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 45%

LECTURER/S Gorg Mallia

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