Credits: 1

Schedule: 16.09.2019 - 07.10.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

John Weston, Heli Dahlin

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to

- plan and deliver focused and engaging informative and persuasive presentations

- debate their thesis and thesis topic in the defense in an assertive, professional manner

- apply coping strategies for dealing with performance anxiety

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course aims to support and develop doctoral students’ skills in presenting and defending their research. During the course, participants plan and structure their Lectio Praecursoria and the contents of the karonkka speech and practice defending their research and written work in small groups. Students will be introduced to different coping strategies for anticipating questions and responding in an assertive, professional manner. Students will also give and receive feedback on their visuals, content and language use. In addition, students will receive tips on how to cope with performance anxiety.

Working Life Skills: Expertise related to own field, Knowledge of research in own field, Skills in foreign languages, Skills related to working in an international environment, Problem-solving skills, Information retrieval skills, Oral communication skills, Self-awareness, Critical thinking skills, Analytical, Lifelong learning skills, and Self-confidence

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

- Lectio / karonkka speech (videoed) 30%

- Debate / discussions 35%

- Reflection activities 35%

Note: 80% attendance is required

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Small group instruction 12 h + independent work 15 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Provided by the teacher and students

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

CEFR level (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

C1 or higher

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course is intended for doctoral students who are preparing for the public examination of their doctoral dissertation. It is recommended that the course be taken at least one month or more before the planned date of defense. Participants are expected to submit a needs analysis and an abstract of their dissertation before the beginning of the course. Participants are also encouraged to attend a doctoral defense to acquaint themselves with the process prior to the course.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Please note that the course will be organised if a minimum of 10 people register for it.


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