Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to

- plan and deliver focused and engaging, informative and persuasive presentations

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

- reflect on and critique their own performance and those of others, including giving and receiving feedback and managing performance anxiety

- identify their next steps in the preparation for their Lectio Praecursoria and karonkka speeches

Credits: 1

Schedule: 21.04.2022 - 02.06.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Signe-Anita Lindgren

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period): C1

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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: Knowledge of the research of own field; Foreign language skills; Skills related to international working environment; Problem-solving skills; Information retrieval skills; Oral communication skills; Self-awareness and self-confidence; Critical and analytical thinking skills; Lifelong learning skills

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    - Lectio / karonkka speech (videoed) 30%

    - Debate / discussions 30%

    - Reflection and preparation activities 40%

    Note: Regular attendance and active participation required.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Small group instruction 9-12 h + independent and small group work 15-18 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Provided by the teacher and students

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I,Spring III

    2021-2022 Autumn I,Spring III

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.