Credits: 3

Schedule: 14.04.2020 - 29.05.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Diane Pilkinton-Pihko

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Upon completion of the course, the students will be able to:

- develop a presentation on a topic related to their field of study that is appropriate to the audience’s background, needs, and interests

- create a presentation outline to ensure a clear organization of contents, including an introduction, body, conclusion and transitional statements

- design effective presentation slides that reinforce the message of the presentation

- apply effective delivery skills that help to engage the listener

- analyze their strengths and development areas as presenters in English

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course applies a process approach to giving presentations, which includes planning, preparing, practicing, and delivering a presentation on a topic from the student’s field of study. As a starting point, students analyze their background and experience as presenters and users of English in order to establish personal goals and areas of development. To be able to discuss elements of effective presentations, students watch and analyze presentations. Students then plan their talks for an academic, non-expert audience by creating an outline, including the introduction, body, and conclusion as well as transitions. To enhance the visualization of the presentation message, students familiarize themselves with principles of effective slide design and apply these to their presentations. Students practice their presentation in small groups and give each other constructive feedback. Based on this process, they create a final version of the talk. Working Life Skills: Knowledge of research and know-how in own field, Skills in a foreign language, Information retrieval skills, Oral communication, Self-awareness, Self-confidence, Lifelong learning skills, and Time management.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

- Assignments 60%

- Presentation (videoed) 40%

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

81 h (independent online study 75-79h, and small group meetings 2-6 h)

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Provided in MyCourses

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Replaces LCA-1011

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

MyCourses + course code

CEFR level (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

B2 or higher

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course is especially suited to students who are able to complete work independently within an online environment and a given framework of time.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

WebOodi. Students are considered for admission in order of highest number of credits.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course is intended for students who have not completed the oral skills part of the foreign language requirement at Aalto University. This course fulfills the university requirement for foreign language studies for oral skills only (3 cr).

Additional information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Updated information: The rehearsals are due on the 7th of May; the final presentations on the 24th of May. We will have one live net meeting, on the 21st of April


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