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ENL-00067 Seminar and Presentation Skills  
Co-ordinator: Ms Robin Bell    Room: CBB0.031, Tel:+44 1782 7 33049  
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Level: Foundation Year Credits: 15 Study Hours: 150  
School Office: Tel: 01782 733960
 
 
 
Programme/Approved Electives for

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

No

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Description for 2017/18

This module prepares students in two key areas of academic performance-- seminar discussions and oral presentations-- while also building research, oral communication and teamworking skills.

Seminar discussions are at the heart of university learning and involve skills needed for consultative decision-making and teamwork in professional life, yet to the uninitiated these roundtable discussions can be intimidating. Training and practice sessions will acquaint students with the purposes of seminars and equip them to lead and take part in a seminar discussion with confidence, including how to prepare to lead a discussion, join in meaningfully and deal with 'awkward' situations. Each student will work as a member of a team to plan, research and lead a class seminar discussion on a topic of the team's choosing.

Oral presentation skills-- the ability to prepare and deliver an engaging and informative oral presentation-- is a key skill not only at university but in the worlds of work and civic involvement. Through activities, input and practice sessions, students will develop their public speaking presentation skills and confidence, culminating in a team oral presentation to the class on a topic chosen by the team, related to their intended fields of study.

The module's interactive, practical focus and format are highly valued by students, who comment: 'The skills I have gained are important and I genuinely feel a more confident and independent person because of it,' 'Will come in useful throughout my time at university,' 'I developed skills required to work within a team and improved my communication skills,' 'I feel more prepared for seminars in my course,' 'I have learnt how to step out of my comfort zone-- public speaking will not kill you!'






Aims

This module prepares students in two key areas of academic performance: seminar discussions and oral presentations, while also building research, oral communication and teamworking skills.

Seminar discussions are at the heart of university learning and involve skills needed for consultative, collaborative decision-making and teamwork in professional life, yet to the uninitiated an academic roundtable discussion can be intimidating. Training and practice sessions guide students to better understand the purposes of seminars and how to get the most out of them, including how best to prepare to lead and participate meaningfully. Each student will work as a member of a team to plan, research and lead a class seminar discussion.

The ability to prepare and deliver an engaging and informative oral presentation is important not only at university but in the worlds of work and civic involvement. Through activities, practice sessions and lecture input students will develop their presentation skills and confidence, culminating in a team oral presentation to the class on a topic of their choice related to their intended field of study.


Intended Learning Outcomes

prepare for and participate meaningfully in a group seminar discussion: 1,2,4,5,6
acknowledge and evaluate opposing or conflicting information, ideas and data: 1,2,4,5,6
plan and deliver a brief informal individual presentation to peers: 1,2,3,4,5,6
plan, research and deliver an effective 15-minute team academic oral presentation to peers: 1,5,6
work effectively as members of a team to plan and execute assignments (e.g., team-led seminar discussions, team oral presentations), including arranging team meetings and negotiating and setting and adhering to team rules, goals and deadlines: 1,4,5,6
better understand and manage group dynamics and proactively and cooperatively troubleshoot teamwork issues: 1,4,5,6
provide constructive, practical feedback to peers and take on board feedback from peers: 1,4,5,6
conduct research and develop individual note-making strategies and formats as preparation for seminar discussions: 1,2,6
evaluate and take a critical approach to source material; make informed judgments about the reliability, relevance and authoritativeness of a range of resources: 1,2,4,5,6
select appropriate materials for, plan and co-lead a seminar discussion
: 1,5

Study hours

Lectures: 5 hours
Seminars/tutorials: 14 hours
Team planning tutorial with module tutor: 1 hour (average)

Seminar leadership team planning sessions (independently arranged): approx. 6 hours
Team oral presentation planning sessions (independently arranged): approx. 10 hours

School Rules

None

Description of Module Assessment

001: Seminar weighted 25% (minimum mark of 40 required on this assessment)
Team-led seminar discussion
Students will each work as a member of a team to plan and lead a group seminar discussion for one of the tutorial sessions. Team grades will be assigned based on: material chosen as the basis for the seminar, discussion questions prepared in advance by the team, level of knowledge and preparation of the team members and handling of the dynamics of the discussion. There is a self-rated element for contribution to the team effort.

002: Research Paper weighted 25% (minimum mark of 40 required on this assessment)
Research notes
For each of 3 seminar discussions, a set of brief research notes, to include the following: a statement of intended contribution to the discussion (25-50 words), full Harvard-style reference for 2 additional sources to be referred to during the discussion to support the intended contribution, a brief explanation (10 words approx.) of what makes each source authoritative, reliable and relevant to the topic, organised notes (bullet points, mind map, e.g.) of relevant key information, data, etc. from the sources to refer to in the discussion.

003: Presentation (must pass this assessment)
Individual ‘mini’ oral presentation
A brief (approximately 1 minute) individual presentation to the group on a topic of the student's choosing.

004: Assignment weighted 10% (minimum mark of 40 required on this assessment)
Team oral presentation plan
A plan of the team's intended oral presentation, including proposed title, purpose statement, reference list in Harvard style of a minimum of 3 resources, outline of content and a minimum of 2 anticipated questions form the audience.

005: Group Presentation weighted 30% (minimum mark of 40 required on this assessment)
Team oral presentation
Team oral presentation on an approved topic of the team's choosing, related to their intended field(s) of study. Interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary topics are particularly encouraged. Teams will be graded on: content (choice and scope/focus of presentation topic, level of knowledge of presenters, awareness of audience level of knowledge and interest), structure and coherence of presentation, spoken delivery and body language (individually graded), visual aids and research and referencing.

006: Practical Assessment weighted 10% (minimum mark of 40 required on this assessment)
Engagement, preparation and participation in class sessions
Students are expected to be prepared for and attend all sessions and to engage and participate as appropriate, for example, to engage with lectures, seminar preparation activities, student-led seminars, and be attentive to and responsive to their peers during oral presentations, including contributing to question-and-answer sessions. Each seminar discussion will conclude with a brief feedback session to the leaders and individual written self-reflection on preparedness for and contribution to the discussion, and brief feedback forms will be provided for each of the student team oral presentations. Students are expected to fully engage with these feedback and reflective activities.


Version: (1.07) Updated: 09/Jan/2018

This document is the definitive current source of information about this module and supersedes any other information.