Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Public Speaking and Presentations Skills for Scientists

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Faculty of Science

DESCRIPTION This study-unit consists of a number of introductory lectures during which the principles of effective public speaking and presentation are explained, followed by a series of practical sessions during which the students deliver speeches to the class and take on other roles such as session chairs and speech evaluators.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to instill in the students, the fundamentals of effective speech preparation, organisation and delivery. This is done partly through theory and mainly through supervised and evaluated practical sessions.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Given a specific topic within her/his competence, plan and prepare an effective speech and presentation.
- Identify the strengths and weaknesses of a given speech/presentation and assess it according to criteria learnt during the lectures; this will be done by students acting as evaluators of the speeches/presentations delivered by fellow students.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Given a specific topic within his/her competence, organise the relevant material into an appropriate speech and presentation.
- Deliver this prepared speech/presentation in an effective and interesting way.
- Chair a session during which speeches are being made; this will done through the students acting as chairs of sessions in which their fellow students are delivering speeches/presentations.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Appropriate unit material will be provided by the tutors during the sessions. There are no set texts for the unit, though the tutors will recommend books for students who would like to take their work in this area further.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Practical and Practicum

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Seminar Paper SEM1 No 100%

LECTURER/S Daphne Attard
Liana Vella Zarb

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