University Of New South Wales

Presentation and Communication Skills


Iowa State Course Substitution

Fundamentals of Public Speaking

SP CM 212

Course Info

International Credits: 6.0
Converted Credits: 4.0
Country: Australia
Language: English
Course Description:
The lectures survey the genres and contexts of oral communication, public speaking and creative presentation in professional practice and social life. They also address key concepts, issues and approaches in creating effective presentations. In this teacher-led strategy, learning will be exampledriven, providing a model for how students can develop presentation skills by studying great presentations given by influential leaders, talented performers, and compelling storytellers. The tutorials provide an interactive learning environment for students to develop presentation skills through practical exercises and immediate feedback. Practical activities taught in a workshopmode introduce students to techniques of audience awareness, physical presence and vocal projection. By following examples and rehearsing in class, students will develop the confidence to present their own stories in an authentic voice and communicate messages with clarity and conviction. This a practicebased strategy for learning-by-doing. The tutorials also provide the context for the first assessment task: In-class and online exercises, 2 x 3 minute presentations, one recorded (audio or video), one live. Students re-perform a great speech recorded by an actor, politician or leader. In a second task, students improve the performance of a ‘bad’ presentation. Both task provide opportunities to describe how presenters communicate and embody techniques. The online content is for personalised, self-directed learning. Students are offered a menu of online content from which they choose a personalised sequence relevant to their own professional context and individual learning needs. Students will complete 12 modules from the menu. The menu will include content and learning activities in three streams: (1) presentation genres (dramatic monologues, great speeches, storytelling, stand-up comedy, political speeches, elevator pitches, keynote presentations, business presentations, ceremonial speeches and so on); (2) aspects of presentation technique (oral rhetoric, vocal projection, acting technique, audience address, speaking to camera, listening and asking questions, improvisation and so on); and (3) examples of presentations, both effective and 'bad', relevant HUMS1006 Summer, 2018 published at 06-11-2017 // © University of New South Wales, 2017 4 to the professional contexts and discipline of the students. The online learning feeds into the second assessment task: an analytical report on a case study, 1,500 words. Students write a report analyzing context, genre and techniques in a presentation chosen from a list of live and recorded examples. The report provides an opportunity for students to evaluate how presenters communicate and to analyze their technique. The final assessment task is a student-led learning strategy. Each student prepares an original presentation in a specific genre, drawing on content that is relevant to them. They deliver the presentation either live in class, or as a recording suitable for online distribution, demonstrating the skills they have acquired during the course. They are also required to respond constructively to presentations given by others and provide feedback to their peers. 6 minute or 900 words equivalent.


Evaluation Date:
September 26, 2018
Constance Ringlee